Education Abroad

MSU students posing in Mexico and Finland

Michigan State University offers more than 260 programs in over 60 countries on all continents. Programs range in length from one to six weeks to a semester or an academic year, and they are offered during each session, including winter and spring break. For more information about University study abroad programs, please click here. To try to find information about a specific program, go to Search Programs and select the country in which you are interested.

Dominican Republic

Global Health in Social Work and the Social Sciences
Spring 2022
Contact: Karen Newman,


Global Health in Social Work and the Social Sciences- Dominican Republic, is a 3 credit hour short-term study abroad program that runs in the Spring semester, providing students an opportunity to study health and community care services in the Dominican Republic. The program combines on-line learning modules with nine days of education abroad in the San Pedro de Marcoís area of the Dominican Republic. In-country, students have lectures from the Universidad Central del Este Medical School and participate in hospital, clinic, and community services visits. Students will enjoy cultural day trips to Santo Domingo and a local beach, to open and close their time in-country.


Spring 2022 travel dates will take place over the MSU Spring break starting on Saturday.


Developed by the School of Social Work and the Institute for Global Health, the curriculum considers ‘health’ as a multidimensional construct and uses learning goals based on interdisciplinary competencies. The program will emphasize the social and behavioral aspects of health by exploring examples from research, interventions, and local approaches that support community health. Responsible cross-national and cross-cultural engagement will also be addressed. Students interested in global health and international mental health topics are encouraged to apply! The program is open to all interested MSU students who meet program eligibility.


International Social Policy and Social Service Delivery
Summer 2022
Contact: Amanda Woodward,

This overseas blended model program is designed for graduate students in social work, health science policy/law, or related fields of study and is taught during the summer, with 2 of the 7 weeks spent abroad. Students will investigate areas of comparative and applied social policy, practice, and international social work in the context of Finnish social services provision in the classroom, online, and in Finland. Study will include history, economy, and government as it is relevant to understanding Finnish social policy development; trends and shifts in education and policy regarding social work especially as it is affected by the European Union and professional organizations; service provision to those who need physical and mental health care—either institutionally or in the community—from infants to elderly.

This program was introduced in the summer of 2011. In Finland this first year, students had exposure to a range of social service research groups, agencies, and professionals during their time in Helsinki and Tampere; students also experienced a day-trip to Tallinn, Estonia, and an overnight cruise and day in neighboring Stockholm, Sweden.


Policy, Practice and Advocacy in Mexico
Fall 2021
Contact: Karen Newman,

College Sponsor: College of Social Science

Policy, Practice, and Advocacy in Mexico is a project of the MSU School of Social Work and MSU Migrant Student Services with support from colleagues in Mexico. Sponsored by the College of Social Science, this program combines a spring semester on-line course (SW 822) with eleven days of education abroad during the MSU summer semester.

Course: SW 822, section 750

This three credit hour Spring semester on-line course, SW 822, 750- Topics in Policy Practice and Advocacy in Mexico. The class fulfils the advanced policy requirement for MSW students. Students from other departments are welcome to enroll. Students study content related to policy, practice and advocacy work from a comparative international perspective with an emphasis on human rights, thoughtful intercultural communications, Mexican history, culture, and social justice issues.

Travel: Mexico City & Atlixco, Puebla

In their time abroad, students will attend cultural and historic site visits, lectures and engage with government, NGO, and University representatives between two Mexican cities. We will spend five nights in Mexico City and five nights in Atlixco, Puebla. Site visits for 2018 will include the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and time at local children’s homes.

Rural Michigan

Summer 2022

Migrant Farm communities, service networks, and advocacy efforts. SW 822 OR elective credit hours (SW 891, SW 491)

More details to come.