Study Abroad Office

How to Apply

 

All required materials must be included in your Study Abroad Application packet and received by the deadline for consideration. Submit all application materials to the Study Abroad Office in 261 MSC on or before these dates. 

Spring & Most Winter Intersession Programs Deadline
Deadlines are dependent upon the program you are applying for. Common deadlines are:
July 23
August 23
September 23 - Most Deadlines
October 23
See the webpage of your program for exact deadline.

Fall & Academic Year Programs Deadline
Deadlines are dependent upon the program you are applying for. Common deadlines are:
January 16
February 16 - Most Deadlines
March 16
April 16
See the webpage of your program for exact deadline.

Summer Programs Deadline

See UMSL study abroad homepage for final deadlines
Summer exchange programs deadline: February 4, 2014

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General Application Instructions

1. Complete the application form.
2. Submit the necessary supplemental materials depending on your program type:
         - Faculty Led
         - Exchange, Study Abroad, or Non-UMSL programs
3. Review and understand the additional information for all programs.
4. Non-UMSL students must also submit additional materials.

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Supplemental materials for Faculty Led programs

1. View your Program Webpage. Review the webpage of your selected program to determine your program deadline and identify any additional supplemental materials including the program fee deposit and final program fee deadline. Please note, the program fee is in addition to your tuition costs.  

2. Submit your program fee deposit to be paid by check or money order made payable to 'UMSL'. Neither credit cards nor cash is accepted. The deposit will be refunded only if you are not selected to participate in the program or the program is cancelled. The deposit is part of the total program fee. Please refer to your program's specific website for the amount of the program deposit.

3. Scholarship Application & Scholarship Essay (optional). For details and eligibility visit our Scholarships and Finances page. Notifications of recipients will go out at the end of the semester applied, and awards will be disbursed approximately 10 days before the start of the program semester. Due at time of application.

Supplemental materials for Exchange, Study Abroad, or Non-UMSL programs

1. Academic Reference Forms. Request and submit two Academic Reference Forms from UMSL professors. Non UMSL & Summer program applicants need only one form.

Notify the reference of the deadline and the fact that your application cannot be processed until it is received. You should pick up the letter in a sealed signed envelope from the reference and include it in the application packet so all materials can be submitted together. The reference may also send it directly to our office (261 MSC). 

Foreign Language Reference. If you will be participating in a program where the language of instruction is not English, one recommendation must be from a foreign language professor. 

2. Study Abroad Essay. Submit a one-page statement (~500 words) explaining why you wish to study in a foreign country. The essay should answer to the following questions:

a. What led you to select this particular study abroad program?
b. How will this program complement your academic goals? Specifically, how will this program build upon your education and connect to your degree plan?
c. Why is studying abroad important to UMSL students?
d. When you look back on your study abroad experience, what do you hope to say that you have accomplished or learned?

Foreign Language Essay. If your program has a language of instruction other than English, you must submit the statement both in English and in the language of instruction. 

3. Scholarship Application & Scholarship Essay (optional). For details and eligibility visit our Scholarships and Finances page. Notifications of recipients will go out at the end of the semester applied, and awards will be disbursed approximately 10 days before the start of the program semester. Due at time of application.

4. Course Evaluation/Equivalency Form. To ensure you will receive credit twoards your degree at UMSL please review the instructions for the course equivalancy process and then complete the course equivalency form. This form is due Dec. 1 for Spring semester and May 1 for Summer and Fall semesters. The Study Abroad Course Evaluation process may take a minimum of four weeks to complete. It is in your best interest to begin this process in a timely manner.

Exchange Programs or Study Abroad programs only:

5. Official Transcript. Request your transcript online or submit the Transcript Request Form to the Records Office (269 MSC) to have your most current transcript sent to our office (261 MSC). There is a $5 fee payable to the Records Office. 

Non-UMSL programs only:

5. A description of the program for which you intend to apply, including information about accreditation (printed information from a website will suffice). Additionally, read and understand supplemental information as it relates to Non-UMSL programs.

6. Deadlines for Non-UMSL programs. Non-UMSL program participants may apply for their program at any time and up to one month prior to the start of the program. Students participating on Non-UMSL programs who wish to be elgibile for scholarships must submit their application in full by the Exchange programs deadline.




Supplemental materials for Non-UMSL applicants 


UMSL welcomes Non-UMSL students and community members to participate on several of our Faculty Led programs. 

1. View your Program Webpage. Review the webpage of your selected program to determine your program deadline and identify any additional supplemental materials including the program fee deposit and final program fee deadline. Please note, the program fee is in addition to your tuition costs.  

2. Submit your program fee deposit to be paid by check or money order made payable to 'UMSL'. Neither credit cards nor cash is accepted. The deposit will be refunded only if you are not selected to participate in the program or the program is cancelled. The deposit is part of the total program fee. Please refer to your program's specific website for the amount of the program deposit.

3. Official Transcript. Include an official transcript from your home university, if a current student. If it is not possible to have an official transcript issued directly, please request that it be sent to the UMSL Study Abroad Office.

4. Faculty Letter of Recommendation, if a current student.

5. An additional $100 application fee is required for all Non-UMSL applicants. This is in addition to program fees and tuition. The application fee is payable by check or money order to 'UMSL" and is nonrefundable.



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Additional information for all programs


Deadlines. The Study Abroad Office is organized around deadlines so that paperwork and forms can be processed in a timely manner. Working with other offices on our campus and especially with foreign institutions requires us to expect all study abroad students to turn in the required materials and enrollment in a timely manner.

Interview. Some programs require an interview. Once we have received your complete application a coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview should one be required.

Acceptance: If you are accepted for the program, you will be notified of additional steps to take and forms needed and of the pre-departure orientations for your particular program.

Passport. If you do not have a passport, apply for one. If you have a passport, make certain it will be valid for at least six months after you plan to return from abroad. Whether or not you are accepted to the program, U.S. passports are valid for ten years and can be used for future travel. There is a passport application acceptance facility on the UMSL campus.

Academics while Abroad. Make certain to review and understand how UMSL academics abroad apply to your grades and degree.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientations: All UMSL students who study abroad are required to attend pre-departure orientation, as well as complete an online orientation. These sessions will cover registration and financial aid, credit transfer, travel, health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Details will be distributed upon acceptance.