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Getting started

Thinking about studying outside the United States? The International Center is here to help!

Study abroad essentials

  • MU offers more than 250 programs in over 50 countries.
  • Programs for every major, varying from one week to a full year.
  • Go any time after your first full-time semester at MU.
  • Take courses in English or another language.
  • More affordable than you may think.
  • Study abroad and still graduate on time — just talk to your academic adviser.

Step-by-step

Not sure where to start? Just follow these simple steps.

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Learn the basics about study abroad at MU

The first thing you should do if you are interested in study abroad is obtain the basic information about how study abroad works at MU. You can do this in a couple of different ways:

  • Attend Study Abroad 101, offered several times per week when classes are in session.
  • Attend a classroom or FIG presentation. Know someone interested in hosting a presentation? Learn more here.
  • Come to a mobile advising session. Can't make it to one of our presentations? We'll come to you! Our advisers regularly host walk-in advising sessions in the MU Student Center and Hawthorn residence hall.

Additional ways to gather preliminary information:

Consider and research your options

With so many programs available, you many be wondering how to decide which is right for you. Start by considering:

After giving these issues some thought, use the study abroad program search  to find opportunities that best meet your needs and goals. The program comparison worksheet can help you determine which programs align with your personal goals.

Once you've narrowed down your program options, you can always schedule an appointment to speak with a study abroad adviser. Advisers for specific programs are listed in the "Snapshot" area on each program information page. To schedule an appointment, just call our front desk at 573-882-6007 or email an adviser directly depending on the region of the world that interests you.

Apply

  • Pay attention to the application deadlines — be sure to request faculty recommendations as early as possible!
  • Now is a good time to get started on obtaining a passport.
  • Apply, being sure to read and follow the instructions outlined for your program.