Why Study Abroad with MSU Denver?

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Program Overview

International study experiences are once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing opportunities with enormous academic, personal, and professional benefits. An experience abroad sets you apart from your peers, enhances your studies, and engages you as a citizen of the world whether you wish to learn a new language, fulfill requirements of your major, or simply focus on earning general elective credit.

Through education abroad, you can gain skills in cross-cultural communication, learn to think critically, and develop self-confidence, flexibility, and an appreciation of diversity – all essential components of your college education and today’s global workplaces.

MSU Denver has a robust catalog of university-sponsored and approved study abroad programs. We work individually with each student to determine the best program possibilities based on preferred locations, timeframes, and areas of study. Meeting with a study abroad advisor early on helps ensure that you find the best program type that suits your individual situation.


How to Apply

After you set your goals for an education abroad, figure out your finances, identify a program and classes to take – it is time to apply!

  • Check Eligibility Requirements. You must be in good disciplinary and academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher) at MSU Denver to participate on an education abroad program
  • Complete Initial MSU Denver Application
  • Complete all Pre-Departure Forms [after approval]
  • For some programs, you will also need to complete applications for your host program/institution. You also must meet the eligibility requirements of your chosen program (GPA, prerequisites, etc.).
  • Pay Attention to Deadlines! Application deadlines range from 2-7 months before a program begins. Advance planning ensures you have plenty of time to fulfill financial aid and/or scholarship requirements and complete the application process. Some programs have “rolling admission,” which means they accept all qualified students on a first-come/first-served basis. Apply early to rolling admission programs as they may fill up quickly.
  • Pay any application fees or program deposits. Most education abroad programs require you to pay a nonrefundable fee as part of the application process. You may also have to submit a deposit to hold your space on a program if you are accepted. The Office of International Studies does not charge any fees.



Extensive Experience

From South Africa to Japan, Study Abroad via the Office of International Studies (OIS) has sent X students to X countries since 2015.

Students learn cutting-edge expertise, immerse themselves in diverse cultures, learn new languages, and make personal and professional connections with people thousands of miles away.

As part of a modern 21st century skillset, being exposed to different lifestyles and ideologies and developing critical thinking and flexibility skills is crucial.

Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy
Jaco, Costa Rica
Jaco, Costa Rica

Well-Connected Partner Universities

OIS has partnered with 6 universities and counting, and has developed exchange programs with these institutions.

Florence, Italy
Florence University of the Arts

Image credit to Heidi Kaden

Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik University

Image credit to Evelyn Paris

University of Pecs, Hungary
University of Pecs

Image credit to Keszthelyi Timi

Nicosia, Cyprus
University of Nicosia

Image credit to Emediong Umoh

Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan University

Image credit to Jezael Melgoza

Dortmund, Germany
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences

Image credit to Kseniia Rastvorova

Borean Awards
Critical Language Scholarship Program Logo
Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Logo
Erasmus+ Mobility Grants Logo

Diverse Opportunities

We know that studying abroad hasn’t always been historically accessible. Fortunately, the Office of International Studies has access to many different non-traditional ways to study, including but not limited to:

  • Boren Awards
  • Critical Language Scholarship Programs
  • Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship
  • Erasmus+ Mobility Grants

Two Different Pathways to Success

MSU Denver students can choose between two different program options, Partnerships or Faculty-led. Not sure which is right for you? Let us help you! Schedule a meeting with an OIS Advisor.

Partnership Programs

AIFS in Florence

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Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-Led Programs

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Getting Started

Studying abroad can seem challenging. Luckily, we’re here to make sure your process is as easy as possible. Here are two resources to get you started.

1. Explore our programs on ViaTRM

ViaTRM Search System

ViaTRM is home to a list of a vast majority of our program options. Curious on what MSU Denver has a glance? This should be your first stop.

Browse our programs on ViaTRM

2. Meet with an Advisor

MSU Denver Navigate System

Meeting with an OIS advisor is a required step in the study abroad process and is a great place to start your study abroad journey. Study Abroad Advisors do not have open office hours, so appointments need to be set up using Navigate.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor