All Students
  • Demonstrate evidence of maturity and responsibility
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, social flexibility and independent thinking
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Meet program specific requirements (i.e. GPA, prerequisites, language proficiency, etc.) See the program page for requirements.
  • Maintain the program’s required GPA until the start of the program. Students whose GPA drops significantly after acceptance but before going abroad could be dismissed from the program.
  • Students applying to study abroad for a semester or more must be enrolled full time at UMSL during the semester in which they apply.
Transfer Students
  • Must have completed at least two semesters at their previous institution(s)
  • Mid-semester grades may be reviewed.
  • Transfer GPA may be considered in determining eligibility for a program.
  • Can study abroad on short-term programs as soon as their first semester at UMSL providing they have met all other requirements.
  • Can study abroad on semester programs as soon as their second semester as an UMSL degree seeking student providing they have met all other requirements.
External (Non-UMSL) Participants
  • Students from other universities may apply for most of our short-term faculty-led programs.
  • Community members and alumni are also welcome to participate in many of our short-term programs.
  • See the program’s page to determine whether a program is open to external participants.
  • If they are not accepted, non-UMSL students are not eligible to apply for an appeal.
  • External participants are not eligible for UMSL scholarships.


  • An exchange program is when an UMSL student attends a foreign university as a visiting student and, in exchange, a student from that university attends UMSL.
  • UMSL students pay tuition to UMSL in place of paying academic fees at the host university.
  • UMSL students receive UMSL credit for exchange programs.
  • Participants enroll directly in the host university and take classes with local students. There may be other UMSL students at the same university, or you may be the only one.
  • Exchange programs typically run for either a semester or academic year. (There are a few summer exchanges.)
  • Faculty-led programs are taught primarily by UMSL faculty.
  • These programs are typically 2-4 weeks long and occur during the summer semester and winter intersession.
  • UMSL students pay UMSL tuition and earn UMSL credit for most faculty-led programs.
  • There is often a program fee in addition to tuition in order to cover the costs associated with the program.
  • These programs are organized by private organizations or other universities not associated with UMSL.
  • UMSL students on provider programs do not pay UMSL tuition. Instead, they pay fees directly to the provider
  • UMSL students earn transfer credit for provider programs.
  • For more information on acceptable provider programs, visit the provider program page.

Studying abroad is, first and foremost, an academic activity. (That's not to say you won't also be having the time of your life while you're learning!) Studying abroad is not just traveling abroad, and you're not on an extended vacation; rather, you are taking classes, studying, and earning academic credit towards your UMSL degree, and you are expected to fully participate in every aspect of your program from orientation to final exams. 

Course Approvals & Learning Agreements (Exchange & Provider Programs Only) With proper planning and departmental approval, classes taken abroad can fulfill distribution, major, and minor requirements.

  1. With the assistance of your academic advisor, you will figure out what degree requirements you still need to fulfill.
  2. With the assistance of the study abroad advisor, you will identify courses at the host institution that you would like to take.
  3. The study abroad advisor will work with the appropriate academic departments to identify what UMSL courses the foreign course(s) are equivalent to.
  4. These foreign courses and their equivalencies will be listed in a Learning Agreement to be used to identify the credit you earned while abroad.
  • Faculty-led Programs: UMSL Global will enroll you directly in the UMSL course you are taking after you have completed the necessary items in Triton Globetrotter.
  • Exchange and Provider Programs: While abroad, you will remain enrolled at UMSL by registering for a placeholder course. UMSL Global will send you the directions for registering for this course after you have completed your Learning Agreement.