MU undergraduate and graduate students in good standing who have completed at least one full-time, on-campus semester at MU are eligible to study abroad, although individual programs have their own eligibility requirements. A limited amount of MU short-term study abroad programs are also open to non-MU (visiting) students.
Please consult specific program information about eligibility.
"Breathe (Iida-shi, Japan)." Photograph by Stephanie Clifton. MU Students practicing Kyudo, Japanese archery. At this moment, looking over the bow and breathing in and out: relaxing.
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The International Center encourages students to consider studying abroad for a semester or a full academic year. Summer programs and intersession programs also are available. The length of time you spend abroad depends on your particular needs and goals, your financial resources, and your academic program at MU.
Costs vary widely from program to program. Many MU programs are based on exchange agreements with universities abroad, so MU students can study at an international university for essentially the same cost as remaining in Columbia. Tuition and fees are paid to MU, while housing costs usually are paid in the host country. Additional expenses include international travel, passports, visas, local and regional transportation, and incidentals. Some programs in countries with a low cost of living can be cheaper than a comparable period at MU. Programs in high-cost cities can be substantially more expensive.
In general, Non-Resident Tuition charges apply to both MU and non-MU undergraduate and graduate students who do not have Missouri residency at MU.
Yes. Most federal, state and campus-based aid can be applied to the costs of MU or MU affiliated study abroad programs. Almost half a million dollars of financial aid was applied to study abroad for MU students last year. The International Center also offers scholarships each year; awards typically range from $500 to $1,000. In addition, some MU affiliated programs offer scholarships for their specific programsand some third-party scholarships are available expressly for study abroad. Please consult your specific program or contact your study abroad adviser to ask about scholarship opportunities.
In general, non-MU students are NOT eligible for financial aid or scholarships from MU. Non-MU students should work with their home university's study abroad and financial aid offices to research financial aid and scholarship options.
Absolutely. All students are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Students will want to research their specific program to verify. If students are enrolled in specific MU classes while abroad, the grades earned abroad will factor into their MU GPAs. This is the case with most MU faculty-led programs.
When students take courses offered by a foreign university or an MU affiliated program, their grades will appear on their transcript and, assuming the student earned a passing grade, the appropriate credits for the courses taken abroad will be applied toward their MU degree requirements. However, grades earned at a foreign university or through an MU affiliated program will not be factored into their cumulative GPAs.
No. With careful planning, students can remain on track to graduate in four years even while studying abroad for up to a year. Start planning early, and work closely with advisers to design the best course of study based on circumstances and needs.
No. Many programs do not require any foreign language skills. Some emphasize language study, especially in languages not readily available for study on U.S. university campuses. In addition, many English-language programs in non-English-speaking countries are available.
Living arrangements vary by program.
Stop by the International Center in N52 Memorial Union to attend a Study Abroad 101 information session or speak with a peer adviser. The International Center's resource room also contains information about travel, living, volunteer and work-abroad opportunities and financial aid for international study.
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