Study Abroad Office

Missouri London Program-Fall Semester


University of Missouri-St. Louis Study Abroad Program in England


Missouri London Program

Study literature, politics, business, history, and a variety of other subjects in central London. Spend a semester or a summer living, learning, and even interning in the capitol of the United Kingdom.

Map of England

What is it like there?
London, of course, is the capital of England, and is very international and cosmopolitan. History comes alive in the government buildings and neighborhoods known throughout the world. A city of wonderful museums, impressive galleries and an international flavor reflected in the hundreds of ethnic restaurants and shops, London is easily explored by "tube" (the subway), red busses and black taxis. The Missouri London Program, run by CAPA, is an "island program"; students study with both British faculty and U.S. professors from different Missouri universities and use the city as a resource and backdrop for coursework. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the activities and clubs to meet and make friends with international and British students in the area. More information is available on the CAPA Missouri London Program website.

What will I study?
Each semester there is a list of courses approved by UMSL departments for credit in various fields, most often courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students take four courses and each course is three credits. The courses available change each semester. Course listings will be available in the future.

All students are required to take one course offered by Missouri faculty as well as "Understanding Britain Today" which is the showcase course of the program covering a different topic each week relating to British history, culture and civilization. Distinguished British and European lecturers provide detailed analysis of each subject followed by a full or half-day course related field trip. Any course related excursions are included in the program fee.

Internship in London
Qualified students at the junior or senior level with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible for this integrated 12 semester-hour program composed of 3-6 hours of course work, 3-6 hours of internship experience, and 3 hours of Understanding Britain Today. A wide variety of internship possibilities are available to suit the field of study, background and interests of qualified students and are arranged on an individual basis. All internships are unpaid positions. Students will spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per week on a full or part-time work experience directed by host organization supervisors in consultation with CAPA, the London faculty, and possibly your home campus department. Assessment will be determined in consultation with all parties involved.

An additional $999 will be added to the program fee for all interns, and additional application materials and U.K. visa will be required.

What is the language of instruction?

Where will I live?
CAPA housing is provided and details can be found on the CAPA Accommodation page

When can I go?
Students may attend the Missouri London program during the Fall or Spring semesters. MLP has two semesters, roughly at the same time as UMSL semesters. In addition, there is a Summer Missouri London program available (shorter in duration and credit).

What are the eligibility requirements?
Students must have a minimum UMSL cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be a sophomore, junior, or senior. Students applying to the internship program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

How much does it cost?
There are three categories of expenses:

1. Academic fees billed to your UMSL account. Students pay UMSL educational fees (including tuition and IT fees).

2. CAPA fees. A deposit and registration fee of $395 is due upon acceptance into the program. CAPA will bill students for the remainder of the fee. The CAPA program fee includes accommodation in London for the program period, weekly subsidized course-related excursions, full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge, and the services of CAPA support staff and CAPA Program Coordinator.

3. Personal expenses. You will need to budget for meals, independent travel, round-trip transportation to London, mandatory insurance, textbooks, personal expenses, passport fees, and refundable damage deposit. Estimate approximately $150 per week for miscellaneous expenses.

Below are the 2012-2013 estimated costs for one semester (4 months) at MLP compared to a semester at UMSL.

UMSL Educational Fees1 $3094.80 $3094.80
UMSL Information Technology Fee $148.80 $148.80
Student Facility, Activity, & Health Fee $0.00 $452.40
Initial CAPA Registration Fee/Deposit $395 ---
Remaining CAPA Housing/Program Fee2 $9,504 $3,001.00
Meals3 $2,100.00 $1,687.00
Airfare $1,400.00
Books (varies per course) $400.00 $400.00
Miscellaneous4 $1,000.00
Internship Placement Fee (only if applicable) ($999.00) ---
CAPA Damage Deposit (refundable)


Total Estimated Cost5 $18,042.60 $9,384.00

1 Educational fees are based on 12 credit hours at the 2011 rate. Non-resident fees may apply.
2UMSL housing cost based on single room.
3 UMSL cost based on Option 2 Plus Meal Plan. MLP meals estimate depends on personal habits (cooking in versus eating out).
4 Includes local transportation and mandatory international insurance.
5 Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include personal expenses or independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
Anyone not paid in full by the deadlines will be subject to a $100 late payment.

How do I apply?

All UMSL students and students applying through UMSL from schools that are not MLP/MOCON Member schools should complete the semester program application steps below and turn in paperwork to the UMSL Study Abroad Office, 261 MSC by
April 2, 2012.  

  1. Study Abroad Application Form.
    A completed application form is required. Please type the information in the form, print, sign, and date.

  2. Study Abroad Essay.
    Submit a one-page statement explaining why you wish to study in London on the Missouri London Program, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how it will complement your educational and personal goals.

  3. Official Transcript.
    Submit your most current official transcript. You must request that your official transcript be sent directly to 261 MSC from the Records Office. Please write on your program application the date you requested the transcript.

  4. Two (2) Recommendation Letters.
    Letters of recommendation from professors: at least one should be from an UMSL professor in your major.

  5. UMSL students only: Scholarship Application (optional).
    Students are invited to submit a scholarship application if they wish. The Office of International Studies and Programs offers merit-based scholarships. The scholarship application deadline is the same date as the study abroad application deadline. 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.

  6. Please complete the: CAPA Online APPLICATION PROCESS and the UMSL - CAPA Program Authorization Form (to be signed by the UMSL Study Abroad Application)

How can I learn more?

Visit the CAPA Missouri London Program website for complete program details. To make an appointment to discuss this program with a study abroad advisor, contact Nate Daugherty at or 314-516-6497.

Last modified January 31, 2012