Study Away Programs

Eligibility requirements 

In order to participate in an semester or year-long approved Study Away program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application, 30 credit hours of university coursework completed at the time of application, enrollment as a full-time student on the Springfield campus the semester prior, and good judiciary standing with the university. Additional eligibility requirements may apply depending on the program. Contact Study Away Programs for further clarification. In order to participate on a short-term faculty-directed program, participants must be in good judiciary standing and obtain approval from the faculty program director.

Receiving academic credit 

Students participating on an approved Study Away program, where coursework is completed at a host institution, are eligible to transfer credit back to Missouri State University. All transfer coursework must be approved by the appropriate academic department head(s), and will transfer as pass/not pass.

Students expecting to transfer coursework from a host institution will be enrolled in study away placeholder (SAP) courses during the term they are abroad. Once Study Away Programs receives the official transcript from the host institution, a credit authorization memo will be issued to the Office of Admissions to authorize the credit transfer. Students who complete coursework abroad that is not approved by an academic department are eligible to transfer general elective credit, or GEN 000.

Short-term faculty-directed programs will be directly enrolled in corresponding Missouri State University courses during their time abroad. Missouri State University coursework will transfer as letter grades.

Use of financial aid 

Students participating on approved study away programs are eligible to apply for all federal, state, and university financial aid, but participation in a program does not automatically increase financial aid eligibility. Most types of financial aid, however, can be applied to approved programs. Please contact Study Away Programs for further clarification.

Program overview 

Study Away Programs facilitates high quality academic programs to increase the cultural competence of the Missouri State community, while developing the global leaders of tomorrow. With hundreds of study abroad options to choose from, Missouri State University students can choose programs in 80+ different countries that run from one week up to a full academic year. Study away program options are facilitated by three campus departments: Study Away Programs, Study in China, and International Business Programs. Each administrative unit oversees specific program options that contribute to the collective portfolio of exciting study away options available to Missouri State University students.

Missouri State University offers a diverse portfolio of study away programs to meet the academic, financial, and personal needs of each student. The most basic types of study away programs are short-term faculty-directed, exchanges, and affiliate provider programs. Missouri State University students also have the option of requesting approval to pursue an independent study away program or an international academic experience (i.e. internship, practicum, service-learning, or research abroad).

The following section highlights Missouri State University’s most popular study away offerings through Study Away Programs, International Business Programs, and Study in China. To learn about other available options, students are encouraged to contact Study Away Programs in Plaster Student Union 209. 

Short-term faculty-directed programs 

Short-term faculty-directed programs offer global opportunities for personal and intellectual growth that match those gained in traditional semester- or year-long study away programs. These one- to six-week courses, led by MSU faculty members, provide an excellent way to gain domestic and international travel experience while earning MSU credit during intersessions, spring breaks and summers. Over 50% of MSU’s Study Away participants choose short-term programs, making these options Missouri State’s most popular program type.

Some short-term faculty-directed programs offer “total immersion” experiences where students study with native speakers and live with host families. Short-term faculty-led participants may also have the opportunity to pursue a service-learning project or engage in field-specific research alongside an MSU faculty member. Previous Missouri State short-term faculty-directed program destinations have included: Spain, Italy, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Ghana.

Students participating on a short-term faculty-directed program will be enrolled in a corresponding MSU course(s). Academic content and number of credit hours will vary by program. Students pay tuition for the course(s) and a program fee, which includes travel expenses, to Missouri State University. Financial aid may apply to the cost of tuition and fees. Current short-term faculty-directed program offerings are found on the Study Away Programs website.

Semester and year-long programs

Semester and year-long study away opportunities are available through a variety of organization and partner institutions, including the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), reciprocal exchange partners, and affiliate program providers. With some, participants pay Missouri State tuition and fees while attending the institution abroad. With others, participants pay the host institution’s tuition and fees directly. Transfer of credit is arranged through the Study Away Programs office and financial aid can apply to the cost of tuition and fees. Further information on semester and year-long options can be found on the Study Away Programs website.

The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a non-profit network of 300 member institutions in 45 different countries cooperating to provide affordable international educational experiences for a diverse student population. Through this program, students pay MSU tuition, room and board. The program allows for semester and year-long study in a variety of academic fields, offering courses taught in English, as well as other foreign languages.

Missouri State University partners with Federation University and the University of Tasmania to foster reciprocal exchange opportunities in Australia. These locations offer academic coursework in English with a cosmopolitan lifestyle and breathtaking natural environments. Through these programs, students pay MSU in-state tuition and fees to study for a semester or a year.

The Missouri London Program (MLP), sponsored by the Missouri Consortium for International Programs and Studies, provides students with an opportunity to study in London. This program offers students the opportunity to enroll at the University of Roehampton with fellow study abroad students and British peers.

Study Away Programs also partners with approved affiliate providers to offer an array of customized options that support individual academic or professional interests. Affiliate programs typically provide additional assistance throughout the application process and onsite support throughout the duration of the program. Affiliate providers can also assist students with additional needs such as finding an internship, setting up housing, or organizing excursions.

International business programs 

International Business Programs (IBP) offers business-focused study away options to all undergraduate and graduate students. Most classes are taught in English, but language courses are also an option for students who wish to enhance their foreign language proficiency. IBP facilitates the Magellan Exchange Program and the reciprocal exchange with Blaise-Pascal University in France. Transfer of credit is arranged through the International Business Programs office and the financial aid can apply to the cost of tuition and fees. Further information on semester and year-long options can be found on the International Business Programs website.

The Magellan Exchange offers study abroad opportunities for students at dozens of locations outside of the U.S., including South Korea, Costa Rica, Germany, and Finland. Students are fully immersed in the educational and social life of the host country. Each participating university offers courses in English and students can attend for a semester or full year. Many of the schools also offer summer programs. This exchange allows students to pay MSU tuition and fees.

The College of Business also participates in an exchange program with Blaise-Pascal University (BP) in France, located in the beautiful region of the Auvergne. All courses are taught in English at its campus in the town of Vichy, and students who study a full academic year can earn a diploma in International Business with French or International Studies with French. BP also has a larger campus in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, where all courses are taught in French. The exchange is primarily directed towards business students, but classes taught in English at the Vichy campus are appropriate for other majors also. This exchange allows students to pay MSU tuition and fees.

Study in China programs 

The purpose of the Missouri State University Study in China Program is to increase cultural and educational exchanges and to promote friendship and understanding between the United States and China. Missouri State University offers many opportunities for students to study in China with or without a Chinese language requirement. Offered through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and China Programs, the most popular Study in China programs allow students to choose options in the cities of Dalian, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, or Haikou. At these campuses, a variety of program offerings have been developed to address the diverse needs of students and their academic focus. The transfer of credit is arranged through the China Programs office and financial aid can apply to the cost of tuition and fees. Information is available by visiting the China Programs website, and students are encouraged to contact Tami Sutton in Carrington Hall, room 210.