Non-MSU Applicants

Mississippi State University welcomes applications from non-MSU students for many of its study abroad programs. For more information on a particular program, call the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) or e-mail

After you have spoken with the MSU Office of Study Abroad and are ready to apply to study abroad on a particular program, please follow the steps listed below:

1. Admission to Mississippi State University

Before you may participate in a study abroad program with Mississippi State University, you must be admitted to the university as a transient student.

Apply online here as a transfer student. At the end of the transfer application there is a section titled “Additional Information.” Within that section, there is a question asking Are you applying for admission only as a transient student?  Select yes to this question and submit all required materials with your online transfer student application including the $40 application fee ($60 for international students).  You will also need to request your current university/college send an official transcript to MSU.

In addition, send an email to with the subject line: “Study Abroad Transient.” In the body, list your full name, date of birth, and the term and year that you will be studying abroad.

2. Application to your selected Study Abroad Program

Speak with the Office of Study Abroad regarding your program of choice. Certain programs may have distinct requirements.

Once you have been admitted to MSU as a transient study use your netID and password to apply to your study abroad program here.

Contact your home university study abroad office or your academic advisor to complete any additional requirements for off-campus study.

3. Acceptance

Once your materials have been received and reviewed, you will receive an email regarding acceptance into the study abroad program. You will be required to attend an outbound orientation, or complete the online version, before going abroad.