International Graduate Students
- Office of International Students and Scholars: email@example.com
- MSU Graduate School: GradSchool@grd.msu.edu
- Graduate Teaching Assistant Program: GTA@grad.msu.edu
- English Language Center Testing Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program: ITAProgram@elc.msu.edu
All new F-1 international students are required to complete the International Student Immigration Check-in process upon arrival in the United States.
Step One: Student must complete the OISS Student Visa D2L Course
- Enroll in the course and review all modules
- Complete course quiz & score at least 80%
- Download and save the course completion certificate
Step Two: Arrive in the U.S.
- Carefully follow the step-by-step Check-In Instructions to complete the International Student Immigration Check-in e-Form online.
An OISS advisor will review the submission and will follow up via email
Social Security Process
Students must wait 72 hours after completing their immigration check-in before requesting their SSN letters. Students will access the SSN letter request in MyOISS, found under the “Request a Letter” category.
The application is a two-step process:
- F-1 student submits SSN Letter e-form in MyOISS, which requires contact information for someone in the student’s on-campus employer office.
The on-campus employer receives an email with a link to the second part of the e-form. When the employer submits the e-form, the application is complete and is routed to OISS for approval.
International Graduate Student Resources and Welcome Events
- In-Person events from OISS (watch your MSU e-mail for more information and to RSVP)
- August 23: International Student Orientation Kick-off and Welcome
- August 24: Spartan Ice Cream Social
- August 25: Pancake Breakfast
- August 26: Welcome Coffee Hour
- In-Person Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair (sponsored by The Graduate School) -
- August 27, 2022, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., MSU UNION
- Graduate Student Cookout (sponsored by Council of Graduate Students (COGS))
August 27, 2022 – 12 – 3 p.m., BENEFACTOR PLAZA
International Graduate Student Orientation D2L course
- Work through this course to learn important information and useful resources for your transition to MSU and East Lansing
International students should be automatically enrolled in this D2L course. If you are not, please e-mail Clara Graucob at email@example.com.
Helpful information for incoming international graduate students can also be found at: https://oiss.isp.msu.edu/pre-arrival-orientation/orientation-overview/.
More useful information while settling in at MSU and in East Lansing can be found at: https://iteach.msu.edu/pathways/205/playlist.
Required Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Preparation August 17, 18, and 19, 2022
2022-23 GTA D2L Course available on August 5, 2022, for self-enrollment. All who have registered by August 2, 2022, will receive detailed information about all components.
- International Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation – Kiva at Erickson Hall (620 Farm Ln); Parking in Lot 39 or 40
- August 17, 2022, 8:30 a.m. (Check-In) – 1:30 p.m. (INCLUDES LUNCH)
- New Graduate Teaching Assistant Institute (via Zoom)
- August 18, 2022, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
- Pedagogy Workshops for any Graduate Teaching Assistants – STEM Teaching & Learning Facility (642 Cedar Rd); Parking in Lot 79
August 19, 2022, 8:30 a.m. (Check-In) – 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the Graduate Teaching Assistant Program and to register, please visit https://grad.msu.edu/gtap.
English Language Center
ELC Testing Office
The MSU Speaking Test is used to determine whether graduate students who have demonstrated English proficiency as a condition for regular admission to Michigan State University also meet MSU’s speaking proficiency requirement for teaching assistants.
- MSU speaking test registration begins 3 weeks before the test date
- See this link for dates through 2022: