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Global Spartan Leadership Program

During the Global Spartan Leadership Program (GSLP) international undergraduate participants will receive training on global leadership, attend cultural events, join service learning projects and receive an $8000 scholarship upon successful completion of the program requirements.

GSLP promotes leadership development that is inclusive, purposeful, collaborative, and values-based.

2022-2023 Update 


At this time, we have decided to put the Global Spartan Leadership Program on hold for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Should you have any additional questions and/or concerns regarding GSLP, please contact Krista McCallum Beatty by email at kristamb(at) or call 517-353-1720.

Global Spartan Leadership Graphic.jpgIntercultural Leadership

GSLP is designed to help international undergraduate students think broadly about diversity and will prepare participants to lead in a global world.

Global Citizenship & Leadership

GSLP offers participants the opportunity to build their global leadership skills and understand the responsibilities of global citizenship.

Impact Statements from Global Spartan Leaders

“GSLP has taught me not only the technical best practices and methods to become a great leader but…it has taught me how to be more human...Everyone should take a class like this at least once just to learn to be more inclusive and more accepting of others.”

“I learned how important it is for everyone to gain interpersonal and intercultural relationships in order to be a better world citizen. I learned that anyone can become a leader, and that the important part is who you choose to be and how you want to make an impact on others.”

“I learned about the practices of an exemplary leader, how to know myself, how to have my own beliefs and to be consistent with them, to inspire others and how to do so, to challenge the process and lead others towards positive change, to encourage and enable others…by being open to their ideas and appreciating their efforts.”

What Will the Participants Do?

Mandatory non-credit weekly seminar

Program participants will attend a mandatory non-credit weekly seminar in the fall and spring semesters. This seminar will focus on the following:

  • Personal leadership
  • Intercultural communication skills
  • Leading consistently with emotional intelligence

Assignments outside of the seminar

Students will be expected to complete assignments outside the seminar to enhance their intercultural competencies and leadership skills.

Culture sharing

Participants will also be assigned opportunities to share their cultures and perspectives as international students through presentations, panel discussions and focus groups on campus and in the community.

Participants are required to:

  • Participate in an Alternative Spring Break service learning trip during spring break.
  • Attend cultural and leadership events such as the Global Festival, World Languages Day, the International Students Association (ISA) Leadership Retreat, the MLK Leadership Conference, MRULE roundtable discussions and Leadershape.

Participants are expected to:

  • Submit an essay to the OISS Essay Contest
  • Submit a proposal for the MSU Global Learning Conference

GLSP Scholarship Reward

  • International students who successfully complete all requirements of the program will earn an $8,000 scholarship to assist with their tuition and other education-related expenses.
  • Participants will also participate in a fully funded spring break service learning trip, which is led by program instructors and 2 participant site leaders.

What Will the Participants Gain?

Participants will:

  • Understand their own identity, culture and values
  • Understand their own strengths and leadership style in a global context
  • Explore what leadership means in their own and other cultural contexts
  • Share experiences and discuss the meaning of leadership within the context of a globalizing society
  • Understand the foundations of Personal Leadership
  • Create a personal visional statement and understand how to live in alignment with that vision
  • Recognize the importance of emotional intelligence in crossing difference and building community as leaders
  • Enrich their perspectives as leaders by learning to recognize, validate, appreciate and include others' experiences
  • Facilitate positive social change

What are the Requirements to Join the Program?


  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking international undergraduate student in sophomore or junior status for the entire academic year
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must commit to attending a non-credit weekly seminar during the fall and spring semesters and complete all assignments
  • Must have time to give presentations during fall and spring semesters
  • Must commit to spending spring break with the Global Spartan Leadership Program Alternative Spartan Break
  • Must demonstrate need for tuition assistance
  • Must attend cultural and leadership events/conferences

Global Spartan Leaders are selected each spring for the following academic year. For questions or more information, please contact Nicole Namy, namynico(at) or 517-353-1720.