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Things to keep in mind

Eligibility requirements

  • General guidelines. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have spent at least one fully-enrolled semester on the MU campus. A 2.75 GPA is the general requirement for most programs and a 3.0 is required for exchange programs, though this may vary.

  • Language proficiency. If the primary language of instruction for a particular program is not English, students must have reached a level of linguistic proficiency sufficient to pursue course work at the host institution. Students should check individual program requirements for any language prerequisites.

  • Academic adviser and dean approval. All students are required to obtain the approval of their academic department and dean’s office. Some MU schools/colleges have specific policies regarding eligibility for study abroad and credit transfer. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these policies.

Timing and degree requirements

MU students study abroad in their freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior years. Often the ideal timing for program participation will depend on the individual student’s degree program. Given the demands of the application process, all students should begin researching programs at least one full semester prior to the study abroad application deadline – or even earlier for students with highly sequenced majors. With advance planning, students in nearly all MU departments are able to study abroad without delaying graduation. Begin looking into program options now.

Some majors and minors require students to spend time abroad as part of their degree requirements. This could be as short as a few weeks or as long as a full semester. Although every major and minor may not require study abroad, every student can benefit from time abroad. Students need to work with their academic advisers to determine degree-related study abroad requirements.  

Courses offered and credit options

Programs are available for students in all MU majors and minors. Students should work with their academic and study abroad advisers to determine which programs best meets their academic and personal needs. Study abroad applicants complete a course proposal as part of their initial application, which allows students to determine how course work completed abroad will fit into their degree program.

Geographic and cultural interests

Many MU students begin their program searches by choosing a country or region of the world in which they have a particular interest. Don’t necessarily limit yourself to the obvious. Students interested in French culture and language, for example, might want to explore countries with a strong French colonial history or a significant diaspora population. Additionally, there are often courses taught in English available in non-English speaking countries.

Financial aid/scholarship availability

In most cases, institutional, state and federal financial aid can be applied to MU, affiliated and departmental programs. Students are responsible for understanding the regulations governing the use of their scholarships. Financial aid packages will be based on the actual costs of the program. It is the student’s responsibility to understand how financial aid will apply to the study abroad program. Financial aid advisers are available for appointments in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss individual aid packages and how they will apply to study abroad.

The International Center and most affiliated programs provide scholarships for study abroad. Students should complete the scholarship section of the online program application in order to apply for an International Center scholarship. Additional scholarship resources can be found on the International Center and affiliated program websites.

Consult the financing section for additional information about funding a study abroad program.