No matter where you are at your time at MSU – maybe you’re only 1 semester in, or you’re 1 semester from graduating – it is never too late to learn more about what MSU has to offer to you, and ways you can be a more involved Spartan!

How about being More Involved with OISS?

We have a lot of Featured Programs, but I’d like to highlight a few for you.

Every week, we host our Weekly Coffee Hour from 4-6 p.m. in the International Center (Spartan Rooms B & C). You can find plenty of FREE coffee, tea, and great conversation. All students and community members are welcome! Our calendar of events is another great place to look. There you can find out about field trips, upcoming cultural events, our Life in the U.S. Series, and many other exciting events.

How about being More Involved On Campus?

We couldn’t possibly include all the ways you can be involved on campus, but we can give you quite a few ideas to start “branching out”…

If you’re living on campus, the main page for Campus Living Services has a ton of information. I also suggest checking out the University Activity Board, or UAB. They are “MSU’s premiere student-programming group and is responsible for the majority of entertainment that is brought to campus”. Most of their programs are FREE for MSU students, faculty and staff with a valid MSU ID.

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) has a section on their website called “Get Involved” with information on how to get connected and become a leader on campus. The International Volunteer Action Corps is another program you can learn more about through OCAT. Watch their video.

You could also join a Registered Student Organization (RSO). In case you missed it, we did a blog on this topic with lots of information and links: RSO Blog.

What if you want to expand your academic experience? You could consider Undergraduate Research. This website has a database of research, scholarship, and creative opportunities for MSU undergraduate students. Venture “connects students to these opportunities and provides an avenue for student engagement in original investigation, experimentation, and creativity across many fields of study.”

Another great way to expand your academic experience is through Study Abroad or Study Away programs. While you are already on a “study abroad” as an international student, there are numerous opportunities (both short- and long-term) through the Office of Study Abroad at MSU.

Looking for work experience? The Career Services Network at MSU is a fantastic resource for both on- and off-campus employment.

Bridging the campus and community, OISS is working to build a stronger relationship with the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE). Their website allows you to find service opportunities in the community. Read about their mission: CSLCE

How about being More Involved in the Community?

The Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) offers a variety of educational and cross-cultural activities and programs to bring the international and American communities closer together. Programs to check out: International Friendship Program International Speakers Program

Community Relations Coalition (CRC) is a board consisting of residents and students who work on enhancing relationships and building bridges between neighbors. In the past they have helped with such events like the Thanksgiving Potluck and the Taste of East Lansing event.

Both the City of East Lansing and the East Lansing Public Library host a number of programs from which you can benefit and enjoy! The library hosts an “English as a Second Language Class” as well as time for you to practice your English skills.

Additionally, the City of East Lansing hosts the East Lansing Art Festival and the Great Lakes Folk Festival each year.

If you’re looking for other fun events off-campus, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau has a great website.

These organizations and links are just a very small piece of what the East Lansing/Greater Lansing area has to offer. Keep checking back with OISSLive for more posts about how you can get engaged on campus and in the community whether it’s for fun or to enhance your academic experience (or both!) – at MSU.