Many international students stay at Michigan State University (MSU) for the summer for different reasons: summer classes, travel through the US, summer internship, or summer work –study. However, staying at MSU doesn’t necessarily mean that our international folks are deprived of having fun. The state of Michigan has a lot to offer such as festivals and fairs, natural resources and landmarks, urban cities, as well as unique Michigan products. More importantly, there is so much to do within the Greater Lansing area itself in which many cultural and traditional events take place. In order for us to have a better understanding of what the state of Michigan has to offer, the Life in the U.S. series hosted a representative from Pure Michigan and the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

What is there to do in Michigan?

The state of Michigan is full of resources from a tourist perspective. On the Pure Michigan website, there are an infinite number of events and activities displayed. Surprisingly, there is always something to do all year round and even more opportunities during the summer. Some of the hotspots that have been highlighted during our Life in the U.S. series are the Detroit Institute of Art, Henry Ford Museum, Mackinac Island, several beaches and lakes, and numerous cities such as Frankenmuth, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Detroit! The Pure Michigan Website also features different themes such as outdoor activities, art fairs, cultural festivals, and nationally recognized landmarks.

What’s to do in Lansing, MI?

Lansing, MI is the capital of the state of Michigan! This city has several landmarks as well as tourist attractions that we as students don’t utilize very often. Some of the main highlights can be found at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The website has just been renovated to accommodate new information regarding what can be done in the summer. The main events that attract a lot of people are “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town”, several art festivals, numerous music festivals, and a whole lot more. I would encourage all students who are staying at MSU this summer to take advantage of those opportunities. I know I will!!

Mark Chung Kwan Fan is a first-year international graduate student from the island of Mauritius. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs and Administration at MSU’s College of Education. His interests vary from Latin American culture to student affairs in the context of international education. Mark also serves as Orientation Intern at the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).