MSU International Programs Receive $9 Million in Federal Grants

The US Department of Education has awarded Michigan State University nearly $9 million in grants to support international education.

The four-year grants are for MSU programs such as the Centers for African and Asian Studies.

Director of MSU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Laurie Medina, says the grants recognize the university’s longstanding commitment to international studies.

“As well as the continued commitment of the President, Provost and College Deans to continue to strengthen MSU’s international commitments,” Medina said.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies receives nearly $2 million in federal funding. Medina says among other things that the grant money will support study abroad programs.

There will also be additional language programs for less commonly taught languages.

“For Latin America, these languages ​​include Portuguese and indigenous languages ​​of the Americas,” she added.

Along with these on-campus language offerings, Medina says its center will be able to increase reach to help K-12 and community college teachers in the area.

The Center for African Studies got the largest share, $2.6 million. The Asian Studies Center grant is $2.3 million.

The grants also include $1.2 million for MSU’s Broad College of Business International Business Center.

MSU has more than 4,500 international students, served by 30 different centers, units, and offices.