Because we want you to get the most out of your experience while abroad, it's important you meet our eligibility requirements:

Academic & Disciplinary Standing

  • Good Academic Standing
  • Good Disciplinary Standing 
    • If you are on probation or under sanction at the time of application, your disciplinary status will be taken into account in determining your eligibility to participate in a program. Should you incur a disciplinary sanction after being accepted but prior to departure for the program, it may result in withdrawal of support for your participation in the program.
  • Foreign language or other coursework prerequisites may apply for some select programs. 
  • Semester/year exchange program - UMSL cumulative GPA of 2.75 (some exchange programs may require a 3.0 minimum GPA).
  • Semester/year - you must be a degree-seeking student.
  • Semester/year - many programs, unless otherwise noted, require a minimum standing of junior year (see a coordinator for details).
  • Short-term faculty-led program - UMSL cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Check the specific program for exact requirements.
  • Students who do not meet the UMSL GPA requirements may apply for non-UMSL programs but must meet all other eligibility requirements. 

Grade Level:

  • Most semester programs are designed for undergraduate students who are in their junior or senior year of study. This requirement also ensures that students have the basic prerequisites for many overseas universities. (*Some universities accept graduate or sophomore students, depending on the discipline.) 

Transfer Students:

  • Transfer students must meet all the above requirements as well as the below:
  • Must have completed at least two full-time semesters at their previous institution(s)
  • Must be enrolled full-time at the time of application
  • Mid-semester grades will be reviewed
  • Application exception: one academic reference form may be accepted from your previous institution, however, one must also be from a current UMSL professor in a course that you are enrolled

UMSL students who do not meet the general UMSL eligibility requirements to apply for/participate in an UMSL study abroad program may complete the Appeal Process. By submitting an appeal you are in no way guaranteed acceptance into any program. If your appeal is denied, we highly recommend you work to meet all requirements and re-apply in a future term. All appeal materials and due two weeks prior to the program's regular deadline.

Non-UMSL Students:

  • Students from other universities may apply for UMSL study abroad semester programs in London, Ghana, Greece and most short-term faculty-led programs. Non-UMSL students are not eligible to apply for an appeal.

All students must

  • Demonstrate evidence of maturity, responsibility and preparation for study abroad and interning on an international program.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, academic rationale and social flexibility as well as independent thinking.
  • Must meet any additional requirements of an individual program or partner institution.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, consult with a study abroad coordinator. Meeting all eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.