Keen to experience American culture first-hand? Students will find no better place to see what they grew up watching in films and on TV than by living on-campus at a major US university, in the center of the American Midwest. Michigan State University has a full-time enrollment of over 50,000 students during the academic year, and their July short courses provide a bit slower paced option for you to dive into the American college lifestyle. Michigan is known for snowy winters, but in July it offers lush green forests and access to many lakes and waterways. Much of the state’s border is formed by 3 of America’s “Great Lakes”, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie.

Before arriving to “Spartan Country”, ISA’s program brings you first to San Francisco. Our Resident Director will meet you at the airport and spend the next 3 days showing you the best of this fascinating American city as part of our Bridging Cultures Program. This orientation will get you prepped for living in American and getting the most out of your next 3 weeks. Students will visit iconic San Francisco locations like Alcatraz, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf!

The ISA Resident Director will then travel with you to Michigan, helping to get you moved into “the dorms” and set up with your MSU hosts. You’ll start your classes, and MSU staff will lead you on excursions to Chicago, a baseball game, and Lake Michigan during your free time. You’ll also have a classic American picnic BBQ, trip to an outlet mall, and a graduation ceremony (with gap and gown) before you depart!

Think your July break is too short to do anything? Think again!

East Lansing, Michigan – American Semester Short Courses

  • University: Michigan State University
  • Dates: Early July 2019 to Late July 2019
  • Application Deadline: 25 April 2019
  • Cost: TBA (2018 fees- $5,200 USD)


Students choose one short course to complete during their program. Each short course is designed to be worth 3 U.S. credits, or the local equivalent, including around 40 content hours. Class is typically held Monday-Thursday mornings, reserving weekends for cultural activities and excursions. Students will be challenged in each course and will work in teams and on individual projects, as well as be assessed on their learning in various ways as detailed in the course syllabus. More information available on MSU’s website, via the links provided.

2018 Subjects Offered:

2019 Subjects Coming Soon!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

International Litigation & Arbitration

Short Course Admissions Criteria

-have completed at least 1 year of university
-proficient in the English Language (TOEFL (IBT) of 79, IELTS of 6.5)
-some background in the course topic you are applying for
-able to secure a tourist visa for the United States

What’s Included in ISA’s East Lansing Program:

-ISA Bridging Culture Program in San Francisco- 3 nights accommodation, SFO airport pick-up and drop-off, bus from Detroit Airport to East Lansing, entrance fees for ISA arranged activities, some meals
-Host university tuition fees
-On-campus housing in a single room with a shared, suite-style bathroom
-On-campus meals
-Overnight excursion to Chicago, Illinois
-Day-long excursion to Lake Michigan
-Local excursions including a baseball game, picnic BBQ, and outlet mall shopping
-Medical insurance and 24/7 emergency support
-Pre-Departure Advising and Support

What’s Not Included
-Return Flights from Australia to the US
-Flight from San Francisco to Detroit, Michigan
-Personal Expenses

Questions? Contact ISA at or call 0466 00 25 22 to speak with ISA’s Global Mobility Manager, Emily Busse. 

Ready to apply? Click here to get started on our online application.