Study abroad program options

S&T study abroad programs differ based on several factors including type, duration and language of instruction of the program. It is your reasonability to define your goals in terms of length of study, language preferences (whether to take courses thought in English or foreign language) as well as to research program’s academic calendar, cost-of-living, and list of course offerings.

Types of programs

Missouri S&T offers the following types of study abroad programs: independent agreement, Global E3, Magellan, and MAUI-Utrecht. When you search for programs, you will notice that the type of program is indicated in the title of each institution.

How does the type of program affect your decision when making a program selection? The main difference is in the application process. Independent agreements and the MAUI – Utrecht types of programs involve a two or three consecutive phases while the Global E3 and the Magellan Exchange involve two or three parallel steps. Read below for further details and keep this in mind when selecting a program.

Independent Agreement exchanges are partnerships Missouri S&T has established with specific schools to exchange students. This means for every S&T students that studies at the partner institution, a student at the partner university would come to S&T.

The application process is via nomination. You would first apply at your GlobalMiner profile and if selected, you will be nominated to the institution of choice. Once the host university reaches an admissions decision, we will notify and send you your post decision to-do list.

The MAUI – Utrecht Network Student Exchange Program is facilitated by a consortium of universities across the Midwestern United States and Europe. The network of schools and programs abroad enables S&T students to study at sites throughout Europe during the fall or spring semesters or spend an entire academic year at a member university in Europe.  To research member universities, fields of study and language requirements, see the program brochures with MAUI – Utrecht in the title or visit the MAUI – Utrecht website.

The application process is also via nomination, but slightly different than the independent agreements. You would first apply at your GlobalMiner profile and if selected, you will be nominated to the MAUI – Utrecht consortium. MAUI – Utrecht would then place you with the institution of choice. Once the host university reaches an admissions decision, we will notify and send you your post decision to-do list.

Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3): Global E3 is an exchange program for engineering students with member universities in more than 23 countries and 70 universities.

The application process is ad dual process. You would apply online via your GlobalMiner profile as well as to the Global E3 at the same time. Once both applications are complete, Global E3 would place you with a host institution. Once the host university reaches an admissions decision, we will notify and send you your post decision to-do list.

Magellan Exchange is also a consortium of universities worldwide that exchange students among the member institutions.

Similar to the Global E3 application process, you would apply online via your GlobalMiner profile as well as to the Magellan website at the same time. The difference is that there is a $150 Magellan exchange application fee. This fee ensures placement in the chosen institution. Once the host university reaches an admissions decision, we will notify and send you your post decision to-do list.

 

Duration and terms

S&T students have the choice of studying during the following terms (duration of the program):

  • Short-term programs (summer, winter break, spring break)
  • Semester programs (fall and spring semesters)
  • Academic year programs

The ideal duration of study abroad usually depends on the student’s specific degree program and student’s goals. Academic advisers can help determine which term and program duration will work best for a particular student. When you research programs, please remember to check the academic calendar of the institution (start and end of semester/academic year) – these vary in different parts of the world.

Language of instruction

When you search the different programs offered by S&T, the "language of instruction" section may designate programs where regular university coursework is taught primarily in a language other than English. These programs usually have specific language coursework prerequisites as an eligibility requirement. For example if the language of instruction is German, you will be expected to show a certain level of proficiency in the German language before being able to enroll.  The program brochure will also indicate if the institution offers courses thought in English. The current list of courses thought in English can be found on the host university’s page.

General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be in good academic standing and have spent at least one fully-enrolled semester on the S&T campus. A 2.75 GPA is the general requirement though some host universities may require a higher GPA. 

If the primary language of instruction for a particular program is not English, students must have reached a level of linguistic proficiency sufficient to pursue course work at the host institution. Students should check individual program requirements for any language prerequisites.

To ensure transfer of credit, S&T students are required to work with their academic and study abroad advisors when choosing their courses and study abroad program. Students should meet with their Academic Advisor and complete the Application for Credit for Study Abroad Coursework (available on your GlobalMiner profile). The application has to be signed by the student, Academic Advisor and Department Chair.