Financing study abroad

S&T study abroad exchange students are billed for 15 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits and applicable fees for a semester according to the regular S&T billing schedule. Non-Missouri resident students are charged resident tuition fees while in an exchange student program abroad. In addition, all students pay a $300 study abroad administrative fee. Check each program for detailed budget information and speak with your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Important note: If you normally receive scholarships for out of state tuition, these scholarship(s) will not apply during your semester  or year abroad in an exchange program since all students (out of state or in state) will be billed in-state tuition while studying abroad.

Financial aid

Most Missouri S&T students studying abroad use some type of financial aid (loans, partial scholarships or grants) to fund their program. In most cases, funding does not come from one source, but rather from various sources (loans, partial scholarships, grants, personal savings, parents etc.).

Most of the financial aid (loans, grants, and scholarships) that you receive at Missouri S&T can be used for study abroad. Some students may receive additional aid for study abroad. As a part of your application process, you will be required to fill out a Cost Comparison Worksheet with the help of the S&T the Student Financial Assistance office. This will give you a realistic expectation on what your study abroad program will cost as well as what your financial aid will cover.

All students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. Even if you don’t qualify for financial aid to study at Missouri S&T, you may receive aid for a study abroad program. Some types of aid are available regardless of need (such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans), but you must file a FAFSA in order to receive them.

Important note: If you normally receive scholarships for out of state tuition, these scholarship(s) will not apply during your semester or year abroad since all students (out of state or in state) will be billed in-state tuition while studying abroad.

Getting started on your financial assistance

  1. Talk to your counselor at the Student Financial Assistance Officeabout your study abroad plans, and be sure to ask these questions: 
    • What kind of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad? (examples include tuition waivers, work study, grants, Stafford Loans or parent loans)
    • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
    • How do loans work for study abroad?
    • When will funds release for my semester of participation?
    • How will additional scholarships impact my S&T financial aid?
  2. Research and apply for multiple scholarships. Deadlines vary, so plan ahead.

S&T study abroad scholarships

You will have an opportunity to apply for the S&T Study Abroad Scholarships and a number of externally administered scholarships. You can apply for the Missouri S&T Study Abroad Scholarship as a part of your study abroad application, but to be considered for the external scholarships, a separate application is required.

In May 2015 Chancellor Schrader signed a Generation Study Abroad Commitment that Missouri S&T will double the number of students studying abroad for credit by 2020.  Missouri S&T recently received grant funds from IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Program to be used for scholarships to promote study abroad.  The grant funds, along with matching funds from the Weiner Endowment, will provide six scholarships of up to $3,750 each to be awarded to students studying abroad for credit during the fall semester 2016, spring semester 2016 or summer semester 2017.

The Office of International and Cultural Affairs is now accepting application for the Generation Study Abroad/Weiner Scholarship.  The deadline to submit a scholarship application for studying abroad during fall semester 2016 is April 12th at 12 PM (noon). The deadline to submit a scholarship application for studying abroad during spring or summer semester 2017 is September 25th.  Applications for the Generation Study Abroad/Weiner Scholarship may be submitted online at www.globalminers.mst.edu through the study abroad application process.

The purpose of this program is to promote diversity among students who study abroad and to encourage students who would otherwise not participate in an international experience.

Eligibility requirements for scholarship recipients:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Missouri S&T
  • Must contribute to diversifying the study abroad population at Missouri S&T
  • Must participate in an approved Missouri S&T study abroad program
  • Must meet one or more of the following diversity indicators:
    • Underrepresented racial/ethnic group
    • Students with disabilities
    • Transfer student
    • Veteran
    • Student athlete
    • High financial need
    • Underrepresented academic discipline
    • Student who has never traveled abroad
    • Scholarship funds may be used for costs related to tuition, books, travel, room and board, and insurance

Additional information about scholarship requirements are available on the application through globaminers.mst.edu.  If you have questions, please contact Study abroad in room 104 Norwood Hall, by email at studyabroad@mst.edu, or by phone at (573) 341-6237.

Missouri S&T's Honor Academy offers some scholarship funds for members who study abroad.  Students are asked to confirm membership within the study abroad application. Student member names will be provided to the Honor's Academy for consideration.   

The University of Missouri, through the UM South African Education Program Committee (UMSAEP), each year awards Henry Mitchell Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to four University of Missouri students, one from each UM campus, for study at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa and up to two University of the Western Cape students for study at campuses of the University of Missouri.

To be considered, you must be accepted to a Fall or Spring semester study abroad program at the University of Western Cape in South Africa.

In a commitment from the university and its faculty toward supporting study abroad as part of the education of the students while at S&T, individual departments may have scholarships available for students. Please contact your department academic advisor to inquire about possible scholarships and application processes.

External study abroad scholarships (not administered by S&T)

In addition to those listed above, which are scholarships specifically designated for S&T students, the following programs offer additional sources for study abroad scholarships. Research eligibility requirements, deadlines and apply directly to the program.

Selected by competition, recipients receive up to $5,000 to defray the costs of study abroad. In addition, students studying a critical needs language can receive up to an additional $3,000. See Benjamin A. Gilman international scholarship program for more info.

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall, spring and summer study abroad. Five scholarships are available for the summer, and five are available for the fall and spring. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

$2,000 scholarships awarded three times annually (spring/summer, fall and winter). To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens; enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate, graduate or professional degree program that will accept the transfer credit from the academic program abroad; have a minimum 2.4 GPA; and be studying abroad for a minimum of four weeks (28 days). See foundation for global scholars for more info.

Scholarships are offered up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations or fields of study. FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students. See fund for education abroad for more info.

This independent non-profit organization founded in 1919 is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers more than 200 international scholarship programs serving more than 20,000 people each year.

Location-specific scholarships

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

DAAD — German Academic Exchange Service scholarships may be granted for a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 months for study in Germany. Recipients are awarded a monthly stipend plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses, as well as health insurance.

British Transatlantic Exchange Association scholarships are open to all undergraduate students currently registered at institutions in the United States or Canada. To be eligible to apply, a student must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a United Kingdom university that is a member of BUTEX. The value of each scholarship is $1,000 and is paid to the winners after they have arrived and registered at their host universities.

Additional scholarship resources