By Jocelyn Peshia

Across the United States, around 1.74 percent of the total undergraduate student population studied abroad during the 2017-2018 school year. Comparatively, at MU, 1 in 5 students, or about 20 percent, participate in one of the university’s 120+ study abroad programs during their undergraduate years. 

From Thursday, Jan. 27 to Thursday, Feb. 3, the Study Abroad office held informational sessions to introduce students to their programs. For example, the “French Culture and Internships” session detailed the process of applying, taking classes in French, and navigating daily life in Lyon, France. Other topics discussed included the affordability of the program, living with a host family of a different culture, and possible business pairings for the internships. 

According to the Study Abroad website, students are eligible to apply for a program after completing one semester at MU. As for grade point average eligibility, 2.75 is the typical level, though some exchange programs require a 3.0 or higher. Many programs are available for all sorts of majors, including anthropology, agriculture, hospitality management, journalism, and public health. 

Many of the programs have internships or language classes incorporated into the curriculum along with typical, major-or-cultural related classes. In addition to traditional classwork, the university offers volunteering opportunities to students through the Global Mizzou Service Program. This program offers trips to Ghana, Ireland, Thailand, and other countries to aid local populations in dealing with issues such as elephant conservation and poverty. 

A typical week in the life of a Mizzou study abroad student may look like taking morning classes in their major (possibly also in the country’s language) from Monday to Thursday while working at an internship associated with their future plans in the afternoon. On Friday, the student might have a day off from school and instead work for the whole day. Then, on the weekends, students participate in cultural activities, see the sights of the country, and make connections with their host families or new classmates. 

Prices for these semesters or trips abroad vary. For example, the Trulaske School of Business offers an internship in London with three credits over the summer for around $12,361 for Missouri residents (this includes lodging, insurance coverage, estimated airfare, various fees, etc.). The Summer CET program in Jordan runs about $9,190 without the airfare factored in. Although these numbers may seem staggering to students, the International Center provides general scholarships and individual colleges such as the School of Journalism also have scholarship money available. 

With such a wide variety of programs ranging from summer archeological field studies in Pompeii, Italy to service projects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, MU students are sure to find a study abroad program that would spark their interest. 

Edited by Ryan Cohen