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Lead a program abroad

Faculty-led study abroad programs allow MU students to enroll in regular MU courses and participate on a set-itinerary program with other MU students, led and instructed by an MU faculty member. Courses fulfill major, minor or general education requirements, and students can use most financial aid in the same way they would for on-campus courses. MU offers faculty-led programs during winter break, spring break and summer, and the programs vary in length from one to eight weeks.

Faculty-led programs often appeal to students because they can take actual MU courses that apply directly toward their degree programs, they are traveling with other MU students and they know the professor leading the program.

The best way to start planning a new program is to survey students to assess their interest in study abroad destinations and course options. To determine if there is a need for a new program, consider:

  • Current options: Does MU currently offer study abroad programs in the same location or with the same academic offerings? If so, what would make your program different?
  • Student demand: Why would MU students be interested in participating in the program? How can you assess or develop interest?
  • Academic fit: How will your program help students fulfill major, minor or general education requirements?

The director of the International Center reviews all proposals for new faculty-led study abroad programs in accordance with the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations. The specific program proposal and review process depends on which MU office administers the program.

International Center-administered programs

The International Center collaborates with faculty members across campus to develop and administer faculty-led programs. The center’s study abroad staff works closely with academic departments to add a global dimension to students’ MU educations through these programs. In order to ensure excellence, sustainability and alignment with departmental priorities, the International Center has a competitive process for approving new faculty-led programs.

If you are interested in submitting a program for consideration, please review the most recent call for proposals for current competitive priorities, deadlines and the proposal submission process. Before submitting a proposal, you should meet with a study abroad coordinator to discuss important considerations for new programs.

Divisional office-administered programs

The following divisions have their own study abroad offices that administer programs:

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • Office of Service Learning
  • School of Journalism
  • Trulaske College of Business

If your division has its own study abroad office, you should submit your proposal to the appropriate office according to its procedures and deadlines. These offices provide primary support for the development and administration of programs in their areas.

Additionally, you must complete and submit the Divisional Office Short-term Study Abroad Program Proposal to be reviewed by the director of the International Center. Completed proposals should be submitted to the director of study abroad.