Outgoing Exchange & Study Abroad Students

Getting Started

Why study abroad?  Your interest has brought you this far; let us offer a few incentives to add to your already-existing wanderlust.

Past participants have said that experiencing a new culture helped them define their academic and career goals; taught them about living and working independently; helped them learn a foreign language; and, ultimately, helped them learn more about themselves.

Plus, employers indicate that study abroad gives applicants an edge in the application and interview process!

1. Do Your Homework

2. Explore Your Options

  • Review your eligibility requirements.
  • Consider your goals for study abroad.
  • Search available program options through Global Miners.

3. Apply

  • Be aware of application dates and required documents.
  • Obtain a passport.
  • Submit your application through Global Miners.

Information Sessions

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Participate in an Information Session to explore how programs through Missouri S&T can widen your worldview and broaden your global perspective.

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Basics of Study Abroad

Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least one full-time semester on the S&T campus. A 2.75 GPA is the general minimum requirement.

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 the transfer of credit, you are required to work with your academic and study abroad advisor when choosing courses and a study abroad program. You should meet with your academic advisor to complete the Application for Credit for Study Abroad Coursework (available in your study abroad application in GlobalMiner). The application must be signed by you, your academic advisor, and academic department chair. 

S&T students can study abroad beginning their second semester first year. As a result of the degree requirements as well as the study abroad application process, you should start planning at least one full semester before your intended time abroad.

You have the choice of studying during the following terms and program program durations:

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

The ideal duration to study abroad depends on each student’s specific degree program and academic goals. Academic advisers can help determine which term and program duration will work best for you. Remember to check the start and end dates of the academic calendar of the host institution, as these may vary in different parts of the world.

Programs offered by S&T will list a primary language of instruction inthe "language of instruction" section within GlobalMiners. For those programs that list an instruction language other than English, there will typically be 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 you can enroll.  Visit globalminers.mst.edu for information specific to each program and check out the academics tab for information about courses offered in English.

As you progress towards your degree, the course requirements become more specific and credit transfer from the host institution may be difficult. To ensure transfer of credit, students are required to work with their academic advisor and study abroad coordinator to select the appropriate courses. After you are accepted into a program, you are required to meet with your academic advisor to complete the Application for Credit for Study Abroad Coursework. The application must be signed by your academic advisor and department chair. Refer to the International Course Equivalency Database to learn which courses are approved for Missouri S&T course equivalency at many of our study abroad locations.

A valid passport is required for anyone traveling outside of the United States. In addition, many foreign countries require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa for entry, and the rules can vary widely. Please make sure to obtain the documentation necessary well in advance of any international travel, and comply with all of the regulations set by the country to which you are traveling. Many of the requirements for travel are discussed in detail on this page. In most instances, the information provided applies specifically to U.S. citizens. Students, faculty, and staff members who are citizens of other nations should also check the rules and regulations of the host country regarding the appropriate documentation for your visit. Generally this information can be found on the embassy’s website, however, you may want to contact your home country’s embassy in the United States for additional information.

To obtain certain travel documents, such as a newly issued passport or visa, you are required to provide photos that meet specific requirements. Places such as the U.S. Postal Services office and Walgreens offer photo services. 

Obtaining a Passport

Program Options

Missouri S&T offers study abroad opportunities through consortium and direct university-to-university agreements (independent agreements).

MOCON offers study abroad opportunities in London, Ghana, and Portugal. 

The MOCON application fee is $150 and is non-refundable. This fee will be applied to your student account before the start of your semester abroad.

Missouri-Africa Program

Missouri-London Program

Missouri-Portugal Program

Independent agreements are study abroad opportunities where Missouri S&T and a partner university have agreed to the exchange of students.  This means that for every S&T student that studies at the partner institution, a student at the partner university comes to S&T.

The application process is through direct nomination. Students may apply online at GlobalMiners.mst.edu; Selected students are nominated to the institution of their choice.  After a student is nominated to a university and the university accepts the nomination, the student is notified and asked to complete the host university’s application. If the host university decides to admit the student, the student will be notified and a post-decision to-do list will be available within GlobalMiners. 

The MAUI–Utrecht Network Student Exchange Program is facilitated by a consortium of universities across the Midwestern United States (MAUI) with a consortium of universities in Europe (Utrecht). 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, review the program brochures with MAUI – Utrecht Exchange in the title or visit the MAUI  website.

The application process is also via nomination, but slightly different from the independent agreements. Apply online at GlobalMiners.mst.edu.   Once the application is completed, students will be nominated by the MAUI consortium to study at Utrecht member universities of their choice.   Placement may be highly competitive at some Utrecht universities.    After a student is nominated to a university and the university accepts the nomination, the student is notified and asked to complete the host university’s application. If the host university decides to admit the student, the student will be notified and a post-decision to-do list will be available within GlobalMiners. 

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

In this dual application process, students apply online at GlobalMiners.mst.edu andGlobal E3 at the same time. Once both applications are complete, Global E3 places applicants with a host institution. Placement may be highly competitive at some universities. If the host university decides to admit the student, the student will be notified and a post-decision to-do list will be available within GlobalMiners. 

Magellan Exchange is another consortium that exchanges students among its member institutions worldwide.

Similar to the Global E3 application process, students apply online at GlobalMiners.mst.edu and at the Magellan website at the same time.  Once both applications are complete, Magellan places applicants with a host institution.  If the host university decides to admit the student, the student will be notified and a post-decision to-do list will be available within GlobalMiners. 

The Magellan Exchange application fee is $150 and is non-refundable. 

Once you are familiar with the different types of programs, you will be ready to explore study abroad destinations through the Global Miners application portal.