Study Abroad Office

How to Apply


General Application Instructions

Once you have selected a program, it's easy to apply. All required materials must be submitted by the specific deadline or your application will not be considered. Return all materials to 261 MSC. 

UMSL Students:

The following materials are required (make certain to submit the supplemental materials based on your program type):

1. Study Abroad Application (required)

2. 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.

3. Supplemental Materials: (required). Based on your program type, you will have different application material requirements:


Application for Non-UMSL participants
The following materials are required:

1. Study Abroad Application (required)

2. Supplemental Materials (required):

3. Review the webpage of your selected program to identify any additional supplemental materials. 


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.


Common Deadlines

Deadlines are dependent upon the program you are applying for. See the webpage of your program for exact deadline.

Spring & Most Winter Intersession Programs Deadline 
July 23
August 23
September 23 - Most Deadlines
October 23

Fall & Academic Year Programs Deadline
January 16
February 16 - Most Deadlines
March 16
April 16

Summer Programs Deadline
Faculty-Led Summer programs: see program webpage
Summer exchange programs deadline: February 4