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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.
Students can experience Study Abroad through short-term
faculty-led trips for course credit, or through semester exchanges around
the world. Methodist University has special exchange agreements with universities
in several countries, with full transfer of financial aid benefits. MU
also has access to an extensive number of other universities through
Third Party Study Abroad providers.
Please see the information below from the Study
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 the Study Abroad Office has been relocated in Berns Student Center
to Room 1.
The Following Education Abroad
Options are currently available for MU Students:
- 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. Some recent trips include: Sweden (Financial Economics),
Italy, France (Honor's Program), Guatemala (Business), and England (Shakespeare).
For the 2013-2014 Academic School Year four programs will be offered:
Puerto Rico (All Majors)
led by Dr. Kurt Smith -December 2013
Majors) led by Dr. Mary Kirchner - Spring Break 2014
Majors) led by Dr. Pam Strickland - Spring Break 2014
(All Majors) - Portugal, Spain, and France led by Dr. Jim Marcin - May 2014
- 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:
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:
of Further and Higher Education
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
(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.
School of Business, France: Undergraduate Exchange program
for juniors. For more information, see the Web
- 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.
- Third-Party Providers: MU students can also travel to various
institutions directly or through a Third Party Provider such as 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
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
Financial Aid Information for Study Abroad
Federal PELL recipients are eligible for the Gilman
Scholarship (up to $5,000) and if you receive it, you are eligible for $3,00
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, http://newgibill.org,
Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA? Apply for the MU Travel Grant (PDF
| MS Word).
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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