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Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad is much more than just a chance to have an adventure abroad. Sure, you’ll get to experience a new culture, improve your foreign language skills, and make great friends while exploring the world, but study abroad can also have a direct impact on your future employment! You’ll gain many of the skills that 21st century employers are looking for, like intercultural skills, curiosity, flexibility/adaptability, confidence, and self-awareness. Because of these skills, most study abroad alumni say that their study abroad experience led to a job offer or a promotion, and almost all say that the skills they learned abroad were important throughout their careers, particularly when they were promoted into management roles.1

Study abroad can also be affordable. Not only do almost all UMSL scholarships and other financial aid apply to study abroad programs, but the study abroad office also offers substantial scholarships for UMSL students in addition to whatever aid you might already have! There are tons of other scholarship opportunities too, both from departments on campus like the College of Business, Languages & Cultures, and the Honors College, as well as generous and prestigious external scholarships like the Gilman Scholarship, Boren Award, and Fund for Education Abroad scholarships.

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1Farrugia, Christine and Jodi Sanger. Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills and Career Prospects in the United States, 2013-2016. New York: Institute of International Education, 2017.



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Triton Travel

If you are traveling outside of the United States in a capacity that is not a traditional study abroad program but in some way still related to UMSL, you need to register your travel with the Office of International Studies & Programs. This includes:

  • Independent research abroad
  • Traveling with a faculty member
  • Traveling with an UMSL student organization
  • Traveling for a conference
  • Any international travel sponsored or funded by UMSL

Register your travel with Triton Travel - it only takes 10 minutes.

If you have questions, contact UMSL Study Abroad at or 314-516-5753

  • How can I apply for a program?
    You can apply online using Triton Globetrotter. The website allows you to search for programs by country, language, major, and more. To begin an application, simply click the “Apply Now” button located on every program’s brochure page. If there is no “Apply Now” button, then the program is not currently accepting applications; you will need to check again later or contact the Study Abroad office about when the application may reopen.

  • Do I have to speak a foreign language?
    No! Many programs are taught in English, even in non-English speaking countries. However, study abroad is the best way to learn a foreign language!

  • Is study abroad expensive?
    It doesn't have to be. For most programs, you pay UMSL tuition and can use your usual financial aid package, making some study abroad destinations as affordable as studying at UMSL.

  • Can I charge the program fee for a faculty-led program to my student account?
    Yes. The program fee will be charged to your student account when you are registered for your study abroad class. You will pay the program fee on the Cashier's schedule. Non-credit fees and non-UMSL fees must be paid to the Study Abroad office by check or money order (made out to UMSL).

  • What is the difference between tuition and a program fee?
    Many short-term and some semester programs require a program fee in addition to or instead of tuition. The tuition expense is either charged to your UMSL student account or billed by the host university. You would pay this through the appropriate Cashier’s Office. Tuition covers course-related (academic) expenses. The program fee is charged to your student account as well, but these fees cover various program items outside of the course expenses. These vary by program but may include accommodations, excursions, museum fees, some meals, in-country transportation, airfare, etc.

  • May an academic reference letter be submitted by e-mail?
    You should submit the request for a reference letter through your online application, and the reference should reply electronically.

  • May I use an academic reference from a college that I previously attended?
    Transfer students who have had only one semester at UMSL may request academic references from previous colleges; however, they must still submit at least one from an UMSL faculty.

  • May I submit reference forms from my academic advisor or employer?
    Yes, but only in addition to, not in place of, the required number of forms from UMSL faculty.

  • When are announcements made of acceptance into a Study Abroad program?
    You should hear from the Study Abroad office about the status of your application within two weeks of the application deadline for your program.

  • Can I study abroad during the last semester before my graduation?
    Yes; however, this is discouraged. Often, we will not receive your transcript from your host institution until several months after your term abroad, delaying your graduation term. Additionally, should a course you require no longer be offered abroad, you may further delay graduation.

  • If I have already paid the program fee for a faculty-led program but suddenly cannot take part in my Study Abroad program, can the payment be deferred to a program in the next semester?
    No. Students enrolling in programs should understand their payment is the firm commitment to participate. As soon as a student is accepted into a program, the Study Abroad office begins making reservations and payments on their behalf. Programs fees are non-transferable and only refundable if the funds are not already committed.