Frequently asked questions

 


Future Students:

What is Study Abroad?
Why should I study abroad?
What can I study?
Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?
Where can I study?
When can I study abroad?
How long can I study abroad?
How much does it cost?
Can I get academic credit for study abroad?
Will the grades be applied to my cumulative GPA?
Will I have to delay my graduation if I study Abroad?
Where will I live if I study abroad?
Will my financial aid apply to the summer, semester, or year abroad?
Where can I find out more information about Study Abroad?
     

Incoming Students:

What is the entry requirement?
What can I study?
How many courses can I take?
When do classes start?
When do applications close?

 

What is Study Abroad?

Study abroad encompasses any type of overseas academic experience, from traditional classroom-based learning at a foreign university, to short term faculty-led programs, to independent field research, to internship programs. While we certainly hope that you enjoy your experience of studying abroad, it is above all an opportunity to further your education in a different environment.

 

Who studies abroad?
Every S&T student in good academic standing has the possibility of studying abroad depending on his/her goals, major, financial ability…

 

Why should I study abroad?

  • Learn to live and work with people from different cultures.
  • Learn about yourself and others
  • Make yourself more visible to possible employers
  • Make friends around the world
  • Learn new language skills
  • Add a different perspective to your education
  • And many more reasons

 

What can I study?

No matter what your major is, you can find a program that suits your needs and interests. You can take courses for major credit while abroad (after completion of the application for Credit to Study abroad), satisfy General Education program requirements, or choose elective courses in other fields focusing on your host country/region (very popular with summer programs).

 

Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

It depends! Depending on the school, the country, and your major you may or may not have to speak the language of the country where you plan to study. We have many schools that offer classes in English even if the country’s native language isn’t English. But there will be some schools in some countries that will offer classes only in their native language and these require students to know the language of their host country. Often it is an opportunity for students to take foreign language classes.

 

Where can I study?

Missouri S&T has about 100 different schools in over 40 countries where students can study.

 

When can I study abroad?

We recommend that you have a study abroad experience in your sophomore or junior year.  This allows you to have some college experience before going abroad and you will probably still have some electives available to use while you’re abroad.

 

How long can I study abroad?

Students can study abroad from less than a week up to an academic year depending on their needs, goals, financial resources, and their academic program at S&T.

 

How much does it cost?

People often think that studying abroad is only for students that have money, but at Missouri S&T it is possible for almost everybody to study abroad regardless of their financial situation. At S&T we strive to offer study abroad exchange programs that are as affordable as possible.

S&T is able to offer study abroad options at very reasonable costs because of the agreements that our university has signed with other universities through independents contracts (schools with independents contracts) or through consortium partners (Magellan, Ge3, Maui). Faculty-led short term programs like Engineers Without Borders and others are also a way for many students to experience study abroad at a very reasonable cost.

Through our agreements and exchange programs, students studying abroad for a semester or academic year can study at an international university for essentially the same cost as staying in Rolla. Tuition and some fees are paid to S&T, while housing costs are paid in the host country. Additional expenses include international travel, passports (if the student does not already have one), visa, local and regional transportation, and insurance (HTH).

Students may also apply for scholarships and talk with their financial aid advisor about how much of their financial aid can apply to the study abroad program they choose.

 

Can I get academic credit for study abroad?

Yes you can! Students may receive credit for successfully completed courses. However, students are required to work with their academic advisor to get the credit for application form completed and signed.

 

Will the grades be applied to my cumulative GPA?

Classes taken though a study Abroad program will appear as an EX on the academic transcript and will count toward their total hours, but not toward their cumulative GPA.

 

Will I have to delay my graduation if I study Abroad?

 In most cases, students do not delay graduation by studying abroad.

Where will I live if I study abroad?

Living arrangements vary by program.

  • Residence hall. In residence-hall housing abroad, students usually stay in single rooms with shared bathroom, kitchen and living room areas and have more freedom and responsibility than is usual in American residence halls.
  • Host family. Some students prefer home stays, living with host families abroad, which can provide profound insights into a host culture in a way that other arrangements cannot. Students are expected to conform to the rules and norms of the family.
  • Apartment. Arranged student apartments may be offered as a living option for some study abroad programs.  This may include having a single or shared bedroom/bathroom, along with sharing a kitchen/common area with one or more students from the U.S. or other countries.  Costs and size of apartment will vary depending on program.
  • Student-arranged. Private rooms and apartments generally offer the most freedom but are often the most expensive and difficult housing arrangements to make. Students must make all arrangements themselves.

 

Will my financial aid apply to the summer, semester, or year abroad?

If you go through an approved Study Abroad Exchange at S&T, generally your financial aid will apply toward your tuition fee at S&T (students typically have less or aid available during the summer terms). Please see the financial aid office for more information.

 

Where can I find out more information about Study Abroad?

 

Incoming Student:

 

What is the entry requirement?

To be accepted into the program, you need to be nominated by your Study Abroad Advisor at your home institution and be in good academic standing at your home institution. This means that you have achieved mostly B grades and above, or an equivalent GPA of 3.0 on the American system. All applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis, as your grades in your major are also important.

You also need to prove that your English is sufficient to study at Missouri S&T.

 

What can I study?

Generally, you will be able to take classes in all departments that suit you providing you have met the pre-requisite requirements for that course. The Study Abroad Advisor can assist you with your course selections.

 

How many courses can I take?

At Missouri S&T, exchange students are required to take the minimum for a full-tme load, which for undergraduate students is 12 credits and graduate students is 9 credits. Undergraduate students may take up to 15 credits without incurring additional fees.  This generally means you will take 4 or 5 regular courses.

 

When do classes start?

Missouri S&T has two semesters each year, commencing in September (Fall) and January (Spring). We also offer Summer Courses during two terms.  You’ll find the exact dates here. Students should arrive at least one week prior to the commencement of classes in order to attend an orientation program.

 

When do applications close?

Spring semester: October 1
Fall semester: April 1