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Frequently asked questions
Study abroad encompasses any 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.
- 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
No matter what your major is, you can find a program that suits your needs and interests. You can take courses for significant credit while abroad (after completing 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).
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 provide courses 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.
Missouri S&T has about 90 different schools in over 40 countries where students can study.
We recommend that students have a study abroad experience in their 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. However, students can study abroad anytime after their first semester at Missouri S&T until their last semester before graduation.
Students can study abroad from a couple of weeks during the summer term up to an academic year, depending on their needs, goals, financial resources, and academic program at S&T.
People often think that studying abroad is only for students with money, but at Missouri S&T, almost everybody can 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 can offer Study abroad options at very reasonable costs because of the agreements that our university has signed with other universities through independent partnerships (schools with independents contracts) or consortium partners (Magellan, Global E3, MAUI). 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 learn at an international university for virtually the same cost as staying in Rolla. Fifteen credit hours of in-state 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.
We also have Study Abroad programs in which students pay a set fee to the host university and do not typically pay tuition to Missouri S&T. These programs include the MOCON programs and the two Universidad San Francisco de Quito programs.
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.
Yes, you can! Students may receive credit for successfully completed courses. However, students are required to work with their academic advisor to get the Application for Credit for Study Abroad form completed and signed.
Classes taken through a Study Abroad program will appear as an EX on the academic transcript and count toward their total hours, but not toward their cumulative GPA. Grades are brought back as pass/fail. If students do not pass a class, it does not transfer back at all.
In most cases, students do not delay graduation by studying abroad.
Living arrangements vary by program.
- Residence hall. In residence-hall housing abroad, students usually stay in single rooms with shared bathrooms, kitchen, and living room areas. They have more freedom and responsibility than is usual in American residence halls.
- Host family. Some students prefer homestays, 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 and sharing a kitchen/common area with one or more students from the U.S. or other countries. Costs and size of the apartment will vary depending on the 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 complete all arrangements themselves.
If you go through an approved Study Abroad program at S&T, your financial aid will apply toward your tuition fees at S&T (students typically have less aid available during the summer terms). Students are required to speak with the financial aid office during the application process for more information on their specific financial aid.
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 C grades and above, or an equivalent GPA of 2.6 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.
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 Coordinator at Missouri S&T can assist you with your course selections.
At Missouri S&T, exchange students are required to take the minimum for a full-time load, which for undergraduate students is 12 credits and graduate students is nine credits. Undergraduate students may take up to 15 credits without incurring additional fees. This generally means you will take 4 or 5 regular courses.
Missouri S&T has two semesters each year, commencing in August (Fall) and January (Spring). We also offer summer courses for two terms during June and July. You’ll find the exact dates here. Students should arrive at least one week prior to the commencement of classes in order to attend the International Orientation program.
Spring semester: October 1
Fall semester: April 1
These dates are flexible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an exception.