Country Studies: Intro

Resources covering the social, economic, political, and institutions of countries throughout the world.

The Importance of an International Perspective

MSSU Themed Semesters

Although enabling students to study abroad is one thrust of the internationalization efforts at MSSU, many have financial or family obligations that prohibit them from participating in the experience. The unique concept of focusing the fall semester on a particular country or continent was devised as a way to bring the world to every student at the university.

Since 1997, MSSU has organized themed semesters focusing on China, Africa, Latin America, America, Japan, India, Cuba, Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Thailand, Italy, Turkey, and Spain. The semesters have expanded from around a dozen scheduled events to more than 60 on occasion. This innovative approach introduces students to at least four different cultures during a typical undergraduate education.

While most universities emphasize study abroad as the primary vehicle to internationalize the campus, in reality only a small percentage of students actually participate in this endeavor. The internationally themed semesters at MSSU reach virtually every student, and at the same time provide a global perspective and cultural enrichment for the entire community.


2017 Korea Semester

2016 Great Britain Semester

2015 Spain Semester

2014 Turkey Semester

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