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Study Abroad
Michigan State University is a world leader in study abroad, and Lyman Briggs College is active in creating study abroad options for its students.

Lyman Briggs students have a wide variety of options for studying abroad. The Office of Study Abroad has more than 200 programs in 60 countries on all seven continents in almost every subject. Each year dozens of Lyman Briggs students study abroad to fulfill course requirements in the sciences, HPS (history, philosophy and sociology of science), or general education.

With several programs led by Lyman Briggs faculty and many partner programs to choose from, Lyman Briggs students literally have a whole world of options. Visit the Office of Study Abroad's website to explore and apply for upcoming programs. If you decide to pursue one of MSU's many partner programs, please be sure to refer to the instructions for next steps.

Anyone Can Study Abroad
Michigan State University is committed to providing students of all backgrounds with study abroad opportunities. In addition to helping students choose, plan, and finance their study abroad experiences, the MSU Office of Study Abroad provides a variety of resources to students of color, LGBTQ students, international students, and students with diabilities.

Funding
The MSU Office of Study Abroad has both financial aid and scholarship money available to students traveling abroad. They can answer any questions you have and help you calculate the cost of your study abroad program. The MSU Office of Study Abroad offers a variety of scholarships that you may qualify for, including scholarships for multicultural students, international internships and veterans. They can also help you find scholarships from sources outside MSU. Click here to visit the MSU Office of Study Abroad's website and find out more.

Lyman Briggs College also has funding available for study abroad scholarships. Watch for emails each semester to apply. Visit our scholarship application web site for application materials. (Apply Now)

General Criteria for Selection
Applications are screened for membership in Lyman Briggs College, financial need (as validated by the MSU Office of Financial Aid) and study-abroad relevance to the student's academic program. Preference may be given to students who have not previously experienced overseas study.

Four types of LBC scholarships:
  • $450 for summer faculty-led programs;
  • $450 for semester or term of study at host institution;
  • $250 for winter or spring break faculty-led programs;
  • $750 LBC Competitive Scholarship - each semester, one application will be selected to receive a $750.00 award (including summer). Criteria will be based on student merit and financial need (as determined by your application, essay and FAFSA).

Deadlines for applications:
  • Summer, Fall and Academic Year programs: March 15th of each year
  • Winter/Spring Break and Spring Semester programs: October 15th of each year

Lyman Briggs Study Abroad Programs

Summer 2015
Galapagos and Amazonia
Ever since Charles Darwin told the world of his Galápagos revelations, the Islands have been famous for their great numbers of endemic species and for the profusion and tameness of many of the animals that live there. Students will have almost unlimited opportunities to study the vertebrate and invertebrate animals of the Islands on land and at sea. Snorkeling in clear waters will be a daily activity, enabling students to observe tropical marine invertebrates and fish in great diversity, sea turtles, sea lions, and penguins. Treks on land will provide chances to see Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, teaming flocks of coastal birds, and unique plants like tree cactuses. Other premier activities in the Galápagos will include hiking to a volcano top, beach visits, and all-day voyages to exceptional destinations such as Bartolomé Island. After spending over two weeks in the Galápagos, we will travel for four days to the Tiputini Biological Station to study rain forest and river ecology.
History of Science in Europe
In summer 2015, Profs. Doug Luckie and Amanda Seguin led a dozen Lyman Briggs students to France on a History of Science in Europe study abroad where "study" was greatly emphasized. These Briggs juniors and seniors lived on the Paris campus of Cite Universitaire and enrolled as full time students at the famous University of Paris-Sorbonne where they took immersion courses in French language taught by Sorbonne Faculty. The students also worked with Luckie and Seguin to complete capstone thesis research projects in their Senior Seminar course which "debunked" controversial societal issues and examined them from an international perspective. Rather than only writing thesis papers, student also created websites and used smartphones to produce documentary films on controversies that compared Healthcare, Education, and Food Deserts in France vs. US.
Summer 2013
Frankenstein and the Age of Wonder
In Summer 2013, 24 MSU students went to England with LBC Professors Richard Bellon and Jim Smith to participate in a History of Science Program called, "Frankenstein and the Age of Wonder." The program was entirely experiential while in Europe (no classroom time), with all instructional activities occurring in museums, parklands, and other historic settings. While the program was based in London, the group took day trips to Greenwich, Down House (Darwin's Home), Kew Gardens, and Oxford, and and overnight trips to Cambridge, and Bath/Stonehenge. Student coursework consisted of a single core educational sequence that was taught under various course numbers, with each sequence tailored to the interests of each student. Overall, we enjoyed a great program in 2013, and look forward very much to our new adventures in 2016.



Related MSU Study Abroad Programs

In the recent past, the United States has treated health care as a market commodity, while the United Kingdom has considered it a sacred element in its welfare state. This stark contrast dates from 1948, but roots of the different health care systems were evident almost 200 years ago.
Costa Rica stands out amongst developing nations in Latin America in a number of ways. It is often described as exceptional in being a stable and peaceful democracy, with impressive statistics in literacy and health, and a lack of an armed forces. Yet in some ways it is a classic case of a developing nation, trapped in a non-viable economic situation and under the control of powerful external actors. We will explore the ways economic and social development, agriculture, environment and health interact in the particular political and cultural context of Costa Rica, both historically and today. We will also examine from an ethical point of view a number of policy dilemmas concerning development, health and the environment, such as those concerning environmental regulation and public health. We also make comparisons with the US, and we consider the question of the responsibility of the US in contributing to the situation.
Studies in Antarctic System Science
Students will have the opportunity to experience and learn about earth system science in the unique setting of Antarctica - the only continent on Earth governed by a multinational treaty that promotes peace, advances scientific understanding and international collaboration. Biological and physical processes in Antarctica are fundamentally important to global phenomena such as climate change. Understanding these processes and linkages to global phenomena including the impact of humans is critical to managing for a sustainable Earth.
This program, offered through the College of Natural Science, focuses on the behavior of African mammals and the ecological variables that shape the behavior exhibited by each resident species. During the program, students begin by identifying and becoming familiar with resident mammals. They then move on to making detailed observations of individuals and groups, and monitoring their interactions. The group then discusses how the scientific method is applied to the study of behavioral ecology. Ultimately, students use a variety of techniques for systematic data collection to test hypotheses suggesting explanations for why each species engages in particular types of behavior. Students will also address problems germane to understanding effects of human populations on the behavior and conservation of Africa's fauna.