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Studying Abroad

Explore the World by Studying Abroad

Expand your horizons, bring your course work to life, learn more about yourself, the world and your country; these are just a few reasons why students pursue education abroad opportunities. Study abroad programs are designed to enhance students' personal, professional, social, academic, and cultural discovery. There are many reasons to pursue education abroad whether it be studying for a semester, an academic year, a summer, a few weeks or pursuing an internship or volunteering overseas.

Come in and see us -we would love to learn more about your academic goals and put a unique international component in your MU Journey!

*Please note Study Abroad has been relocated in Berns Student Center to International Programs.

Interested in studying abroad? Fill this out and send it to Jennifer Ramos at

The Following Education Abroad Options are currently available for MU Students:

  1. Short term courses abroad: Approximately one-two weeks, these are study abroad courses that are led by MU Faculty and are typically offered at a low-cost. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the following programs will be offered:

    Guatemala (All Majors) led by Dr. Mary Kirchner - Fall Break 2014 & Spring Break 2015
    Nicaragua (All Majors) led by Dr. Christopher Cronin - Spring Break 2015
    Italy (All Majors) led by Dr. Cristina Franceson and Dr. Matthew Dobra, two week program in late May and early June. More Information: Itinerary | Map | PowerPoint Show | Payment Schedule. Travel grants available for students going on the MU ITALY trip! Travel grants of $500.00 will be awarded to the first 15 students who are committed to participating regardless of GPA. More travel grants available for students based on merit and need.
    United Kingdom - Wales & London (All Majors) led by Dr. Emily Leverett and Professor Wendy Vonnegut, two week program in late May and early June. Travel grants available for students going on the MU WALES trip! Travel grants of $500.00 will be awarded to the first 15 students who are committed to participating regardless of GPA. More travel grants available for students based on merit and need.

  2. Exchanges: Exchange programs allow MU students to travel to our exchange partner universities for a semester while still paying MU tuition and retaining the majority of their financial aid/scholarships. Students pay the host institution room and board. MU has the following Exchange programs:
    • Irish American Scholars Program: How about spending a semester or two semesters studying at a university in Northern Ireland? The Irish-American Scholars Program is sponsored by The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Catholic Church in cooperation with the Business Education Initiative (BEI) in Northern Ireland, the government of Northern Ireland, and several Irish colleges and universities.One goal of the program is "to replace division with unity in a common goal of international business success." Graduates of the program are better qualified to contribute in an international market place and to explore new Northern Ireland/United States partnerships and commercial opportunities.

      There are five excellent colleges and universities in Northern Ireland to choose from:

      Belfast Institution of Further and Higher Education
      Queens University
      St. Mary's University College
      Stranmillis University College
      University of Ulster

      Length of program: Late August to December or late January to mid-May
      Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors with a GPA of 3.2
      Annual Deadline is February 1st
    • CONAHEC (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration) Student Exchange Program covers all academic disciplines as well as options for students interested in academic coursework and on-the-job training and/or experiential education abroad. Exchanges are available in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Mexico, Spain, and South Korea.
    • Rennes School of Business, France: Undergraduate Exchange program for juniors. For more information, see the Web site.
    • Universidad Madero, Pueblo, Mexico: Undergraduates with a B average are encouraged to apply. Applications due Nov for spring semester, June for fall semester. Must enroll in a minimum of three subjects per semester, a maximum of five. Summer and semester programs. There are also Faculty Member short duration exchanges. They provide room and board and ground transportation. Resumés due in November.
    • Thammasat University located in Bangkok, Thailand: A new exchange agreement was signed in late 2013. Classes are in English.

  3. Third-Party Providers: MU students can also travel to various institutions directly or through a Third Party Provider such as USAC, Sol Education Abroad, Central College Abroad, CISAbroad, El Nomad, GlobaLinks, SIT Study Abroad and various other providers. Usually each third party provider offers various discounts and scholarships if you choose their program. Countless programs and destinations are available for students, however institutional aid does not travel on "study abroad" programs. For more information about study abroad programs, email or stop by the office in Berns Rm. 1 to set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor.

For more information about any type of study abroad program and financial support, please email

Why study abroad?

Study Abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with benefits that go far beyond academic learning. Students develop relevant intercultural communication and problem-solving skills. They develop confidence, flexibility, independence, and a new appreciation for diversity. An international learning experience strengthens career opportunities and increases awareness of the interconnected nature of the world.

Financial Aid Information for Study Abroad

Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA? Apply for the MU Travel Grant. (See a Grant Preview here.)

Federal PELL recipients are eligible for the Gilman Scholarship (up to $5,000) and if you receive it, you are eligible for $3,000 more if you are studying a critical language.

Are you military using the GI BILL? Did you know that you can use your GI BILL while studying abroad? We have several locations and programs that may interest you. For more information, see this GI Study Abroad Fact Sheet,, and/or email

For additional information on Financial Aid, please see NAFSA:Assocation of International Educators' resource on Financial Aid for Study Abroad.

How to Receive Class Credit for Studying Abroad

  • Students should download the information on the courses they would take in whatever program they choose to pursue abroad.
  • They need to bring the courses/descriptions to the Registrar's for review.
  • The Registrar will review the courses, in conjunction with the appropriate department head (ex. if the course is an English course, the Registrar would see the head of the English department) to determine course equivalency or transferability of courses.
  • Any course that is transferable will be given a grade of pass/fail.

Whom do I contact?

Lyle Sheppard, Director of International Programs & Study Abroad
(910) 630-7225 or
International Programs Office, Berns Student Center
Jennifer Ramos, Assistant Director of Study Abroad
(910) 630-7159 or
Study Abroad Office, Room 1, Berns Student Center

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