In our increasingly global society, institutions of higher education are called upon to prepare students for an interdependent world. Increasingly, students are realizing the positive impact an international experience can have on their future success in the job market. Through study abroad, students may gain a wide variety of new skills that will benefit them academically, personally and professionally. Studying abroad provides students with new insights and a better understanding of the world we all share. Students consistently say that participating in a study abroad experience is the highlight of their college experience.
Faculty and staff play an important role in making sure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to realize the benefits of study abroad. One of the most effective ways to get students interested in study abroad is through the direct involvement of their advisers, professors and instructors. Your participation in this endeavor contributes to MU’s mission to internationalize the campus and each student’s education.
A great way to encourage your students to study abroad is by hosting a classroom presentation. The Study Abroad 101 presentation is given by an International Center study abroad staff member or peer adviser. The presentation is about 30 minutes long and provides basic information about study abroad at MU.
The rapid growth of study abroad at MU has been led by our faculty, who are crucial to the academic and personal success of our students. On a faculty-led program, students enroll in a regular MU course and participate on a set program itinerary with other MU students in the same class, led and instructed by an MU faculty member. Courses fulfill major, minor and/or general education requirements and students can use available federal, state and institutional financial aid in the same way they would for an on-campus course. Students who may never have considered going overseas are now participating in study abroad because they can take actual MU courses that apply directly toward their degree programs, they are with other MU students, and they know and respect the professor leading the program.
MU offers faculty-led programs during the winter and spring breaks and the summer term. These programs vary in length from 1 – 8 weeks (most are approximately 4-week summer programs). The length and timing appeals to students who are not comfortable with longer-term international travel or who need to remain on campus for courses in the fall and spring semesters
As a faculty program director, leading such programs can also be an enriching professional experience. The International Center, along with other international offices across campus, offer support to faculty for developing and leading short-term study abroad programs. Although certain policies govern all study abroad at MU, the specific nature of this support will vary somewhat depending on which office is administering your program.
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