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Program administration

In accordance with the Collected Rules and Regulations of the UM Board of Curators, the International Center provides information and training regarding health, safety, cultural adjustment and student conduct issues for faculty and staff from all MU schools, colleges and departments that administer study abroad programs. The center also provides a common core of information on health, safety, cultural adjustment and logistical issues for all MU students participating on credit-bearing study abroad programs through the use of pre-departure forms and the mandatory, comprehensive pre-departure orientation.

In addition, the International Center provides support to all MU schools, colleges, departments and students in the event of an emergency affecting the health or safety of an MU student abroad. Emergency support is available 24/7 — during office hours, call the International Center front desk at 573-882-6007; after hours, call the MU Police Department at 573-882-7201.

The International Center offers varying levels of additional support services designed to fit the needs of each program. Regardless of who administers the program, the International Center is always available to serve as a resource.

International Center-administered programs

Faculty members enter into a partnership with the International Center to develop a study abroad program. International Center study abroad staff coordinate and administer all logistical aspects of the program in consultation with the faculty program director. The primary role of the program director is focused on the academic components of the program. In addition, the center staff provides the services mandated by the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri System. 

In order to ensure excellence, sustainabililty and alignment with department priorities, the International Center has established a competitive process for approving new faculty-led programs. Faculty interested in submitting a new program for consideration should review the most recent call for proposals and submit their proposal by the applicable deadline.

Divisional office-administered programs

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of EducationTrulaske College of Business and School of Journalism have study abroad staff who will assist faculty from their academic units with all of the logistical aspects of the program.

In accordance with the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri System, the International Center is responsible for establishing policies and procedures to help ensure the health and safety of all students participating on MU study abroad programs. To this end, the center provides certain support services for programs administered by individual schools and colleges. For additional information about these services, and the fee that supports them, please see the Study Abroad Administrative Fee for Divisional Programs handout.

Faculty-led programs adminstered by one of these divisions must still apply for approval by completing the Divisional Office Short-term Study Abroad Program Proposal for each new program.