Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” — Wendell Berry

The College of Arts and Science strongly encourages all students to study abroad during their time at MU. Study abroad has long been an integral part of a well-rounded undergraduate education and, in recent decades, has taken on a greater urgency.

Students who choose to study abroad experience personal growth and gain self-confidence and independence. The personal and academic challenges that accompany a study-abroad course strengthen a student’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills and enhance collaborative work.

A number of departments and programs in the College of Arts and Science offer MU faculty-led and non-faculty-led programs to many countries around the world.  Contact the International Center, N52 Memorial Union, for more information on study-abroad opportunities.

Study Abroad Heightens Global Engagement and Aids Personal Growth

  • Understanding of global issues and different cultures
  • Understanding of your personal heritage
  • Understanding of your own culture and values
  • Increased independence and self-reliance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Enhanced academic interest

Professional Growth

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Advance your career
  • Stand out amongst other graduates with skills that can only be gained through international experience
  • Language acquisition or improvement
  • Cross-cultural communication

Arts and Science Study Abroad Scholarships

Reflecting the MU College of Arts and Science commitment to expanding the educational experiences of undergraduates beyond the campus, the college offers students scholarships to help defray the costs of international study. Scholarships between $3,500 and $6,500 may be awarded to eligible students.