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Featured Programs

OISS offers helpful programs and fun activities throughout the year. Check out our featured programs, read our weekly email and follow us on social media to learn about what we are doing!

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Coffee. Culture. Connect!

Everyone is welcome at Coffee Hour every Friday. OISS provides coffee, tea and an opportunity to make new connections and friends with other students, scholars, faculty, staff and community members. 

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The Annual Scholar Showcase provides an opportunity for MSU’s visiting scholars to share their research with the MSU community and network with their peers, faculty, and students. Join us in exploring the research being conducted at MSU by visiting scholars!

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Welcome to MSU! Learn about orientation programs and resources we have for you to prepare for arrival as well as academic, social and cultural life here at MSU.

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The City of East Lansing, Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) host East Lansing Welcomes the World at the beginning of the fall semester. Meet your East Lansing neighbors and enjoy free food and family activities! 


Global Festival

Travel the world in a day at the Global Festival! International students come together to share their culture and talents with exhibits, live performances, a cultural fashion show, World Gift Shop, crafts and interactive workshops. All are welcome at this free event!

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The essay contest is an opportunity for international students to reflect on their experiences and share their stories. Winners receive cash prizes! 

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The Learning Abroad Conference features presentations from international students & scholars and students who have recently returned from studying, interning, or volunteering abroad. The conference provides an opportunity to explore the impact of learning abroad.

International Orientation side by side.jpgThanksgiving Dinner Program 

Thanksgiving Dinner Program facilitates cross-cultural exchange between faculty and staff members at Michigan State University and international students and scholars.


Globie Awards

Each spring OISS recognizes members of the MSU community who help international students and scholars in extraordinary ways. Nominate someone you know!

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Intercultural Communication Training

We provide intercultural communication workshops for the campus and community. Learn how to request a workshop! 

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OISS hires student staff each year, providing opportunities for MSU graduate and undergraduate students to learn the field of international student services. We also always need volunteers to help with our programs and events!