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Exchange students are students from one of The University of Missouri-St. Louis’ partner universities that plan to study at UMSL for one semester or one academic year. Exchange students do not want to obtain their entire degree from UMSL and do not pay UMSL tuition and fees. They are seeking to experience life and culture in the United States as a student, for only a short time. The terms of each agreement are unique, but they allow students at both institutions to study abroad while paying tuition at their home institutions. Please check with your international office to see if your institution has a current exchange agreement with UMSL.

International Offices
Please contact the International Exchange Coordinator before January 31 to determine how many placements are available for the following academic year. Then, nominate your student(s) to participate in the Exchange Student Program at the UMSL before the March 10 nomination deadline. All students participating in exchange, regardless of term, must be nominated before March 10; however, Spring nominees will have until October to complete application materials.  

Nomination Deadline:
  • 10 March - for any students in the following Academic Year, Fall, and Spring 
Application Deadlines:
  • 15 April - to begin studies in August (Fall semester or Academic Year)
  • 1 October - to begin studies in January (Spring semester)Academic Calendar
Click here to view the full academic calendar and important semester dates including examination periods. The summer term is not available to exchange students. The University and all services are closed from December 22, 2015 – January 2, 2017. Staff are not available during this time. You will not need to leave the US as soon as the semester ends; you may stay in the US for 30 days after the last day of the semester.

Cost Estimates
Exchange students should budget a total of $6000 per semester or $12,000 per year. Proof of funding is required for admittance.

$600/month         Housing
$300/month         Meals
$200/month         Personal Expenses
$400/semester    Books
$100/year           Orientation Fee
$0.00                 Local Transportation (all students receive a pass for unlimited use of bus and metro)
$994-1711/year   Insurance: $1711 for annual coverage, 08/01/2015 - 07/31/2016 | (Fall Semester 2015 = $717; Spring/Summer Semester 2016 = $994)

Health Insurance Requirement
All J-1 students are required to purchase insurance coverage through UMSL. Exchange students may be eligible for a waiver of the mandatory insurance program if your insurance meets strict requirements. Please note, you must apply for and be granted a waiver before the deadline (usually 3 weeks after classes start). If you do not apply for a waiver before the deadline, you must purchase the UMSL insurance coverage. Completion of a waiver application does not guarantee that a waiver will be granted. Health Services on campus offers minor clinic service and referral.

Contacts:

Exchange Coordinator
366 SSB
University of Missouri-St. Louis
1 University Blvd, 366 SSB
St. Louis, MO 63121 USA
P: +1 314-516-7195
F: +1 314-516-6757
studyabroad@umsl.edu

Any immigration, visa, or questions regarding information in your acceptance packet should be directed to iss@umsl.edu.
Any insurance questions should be directed to Ms. Jennifer Amatya amatyaj@umsl.edu

Additional Information
Please visit the "Admitted Students" section of the International Student and Scholar Services website for details about arrival, orientation, health insurance, and St. Louis. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. The exchange programs at UMSL are coordinated by Study Abroad and International Student and Scholars Services under the Office of International Studies and Programs. International students who want to earn a degree from UMSL should visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at www.umsl.edu/international.

Application Instructions

International Offices
 
Please contact the International Exchange Coordinator before January 31 to determine how many placements are available for the following academic year. Then, nominate your student(s) to participate in the Exchange Student Program at the UMSL before the March 10 nomination deadline. All students participating in exchange, regardless of term, must be nominated before March 10; however, Spring nominees will have until October to complete application materials.  Exchange partner coordinators should inquire before nominating any graduate level student. Admission for Graduate Students is contingent on approval by Graduate School and Faculty Department. Additional materials are required.  This process takes a while so encourage your students to apply early. Students must be currently enrolled at your institution and be in good standing.

Nomination Deadline:
  • 10 March - for any students in the following Academic Year, Fall, and Spring 
Application Deadlines:
  • 15 April - to begin studies in August (Fall semester or Academic Year)
  • 1 October - to begin studies in January (Spring semester)
English Proficiency Requirements
UMSL requires that incoming exchange students demonstrate English language proficiency at a high-enough level to successfully participate in university level academics. All applicants for whom English is a second language must present evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Evidence of English proficiency may be demonstrated with a TOEFL (paper based or internet based) or IELTS score.  If a student comes from an English speaking university where courses are taught in English, this requirement can be waived. 
Undergraduate
TOEFL minimum iBT score:           61 (PBT: 500, CB: 173)
IELTS minimum score:                  5.5
ITP score is acceptable for an undergraduate student
Graduate
TOEFL minimum iBT score:           79 (PBT: 550)
IELTS minimum score:                  6.0
ITP score is not acceptable for an graduate student

All exchange students who are not native speakers of English will be given a placement test upon arrival and may be recommended to take EAP courses during the semester, depending on the results of their English placement exam. Although recommended, the EAP classes are not required. They may be taken under the Exchange Program credit hour limit.

Application Process
  1. Receive nomination from your university: Your home university’s coordinating exchange office or international office should email the exchange coordinator for UMSL directly, nominating you as an exchange student. 
  2. Online Application: Once your nomination has been approved, you will be emailed a link to complete an online application. An application will not be considered complete until all originals are received and are accurate. Materials shipped directly from students will not be accepted. Materials must be in English or accompanied by an official English translation. There is no application fee. Application information includes:
  • Application and questionnaires
  • Official Transcripts*
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Proof of Language Proficiency/TEOFL Results*
  • Immigration documents (Financial Support Form and bank statements) You must provide an official document from your bank or your sponsor’s bank or your scholarship donor. The statement needs to be on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official. The document should certify that you or your sponsor hold an account and have the minimum dollar amount in that account ($6,000 US per semester). Financial documentation can be no older than six months.
In addition to the above, graduate applicants must also submit:
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Undergraduate AND Graduate official transcripts
  • Proof of bachelor's degree or equivalent (copy of diploma, etc.).
  • Note: A writing sample may be requested to help support application. Admission for Graduate Students is contingent on approval by Graduate School and Faculty Department. This process takes a while so apply early!
*TOEFL results and Official Transcripts: We will accept digital copies of official transcripts for undergraduate applications if sent by your home university coordinator. We cannot accept digital copies of transcripts sent by students.Graduate applicants must submit a hard copy of their TEOFL and transcript sent by their home university coordinator.

Academics

Areas of study open to Exchange Students
Undergraduate: accounting; area studies; anthropology; art & art history; astronomy; biochemistry; biology; biotechnology; black studies; business administration; languages; communication; education; economics; English; graphic design; history; interdisciplinary studies; international business; international relations; music; legal studies; philosophy; physics; political science; psychology; public administration; public law; social work; sociology; tropical ecology; urban studies; women's and gender studies;  writing

Graduate: Some graduate programs are open to graduate level exchange students while other departments may only have limited course selection available to exchange students. Exchange partner coordinators should inquire before nominating any graduate level student. Additional materials are required, and graduate applicants should apply as early as possible.
Areas of study not open to Exchange Students: Engineering, Optometry, Nursing

Credit hours covered by exchange
Exchange students are provided a scholarship that covers up to 15 credit hours of courses for undergraduates and 12 credit hours of courses for graduate students. Click the "Acceptance" tab for more information.

Course descriptions
You can view the Course Schedule online.
Note: the upcoming year will not be posted until late March/early April. But you can reference the courses that were offered this year to give you an idea of what is likely to be offered next year. You may also search the specific department's page for the 3-year course plan to see what they will be likely offering. In some cases students will need to demonstrate prerequisites. See the University Bulletin for a complete list of all courses. Not all courses listed in the Bulletin are offered each semester or year. You will need to check the above Course Schedule for the annual listing. http://www.umsl.edu/bulletin/

Language Courses
No preparatory language courses are available prior to the start of the semester; however, you may enroll in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses offered during the regular semester. EAP classes offered during the regular semester are included under the exchange agreement. 

Internships and employment
It is possible for you to participate in an internship, but it must be unpaid and done for academic credit. You can also work on campus up to 20 hours each week. You would be responsible for finding your own internship and on-campus job.

Housing

On-Campus housing fills quickly, so it is recommended that you make your reservations early. You may be required to sign a two-semester minimum contract. Students participating in exchange for one semester only should email the on-campus housing agency to inform them their program is limited to one semester. The housing agency will have the names of students permitted to complete a semester contract. All housing questions should be sent to the housing agency directly.The most common housing option for international students is Meadows because these apartments have their own kitchens. Students seeking a more traditional American dormitory option often seek housing in Oak Hall (shared kitchens and requires you to purchase a meal-plan).

You can find apartments off-campus, but you should be willing to take public transportation.   Staff members are unable to assist in the search for off-campus accommodation.  Temporary housing may be available if you plan to search for off-campus housing after your arrival.

Housing information

Arrival

Arrival
Typically the arrival times are the Thursday-Sunday two weeks prior to the start of class and the orientation week is one week prior to the start of class. Official and scheduled arrival dates and details will be sent to all accepted students in their acceptance packet.
 
We offer an airport pickup only on the dates noted in your acceptance packet - you must submit a request online and live on-campus. If you are unable to arrive during these days, or do not submit the Airport Pick-Up Request form prior to the deadline you will be responsible for finding your own transportation to campus.  As a courtesy to staff, please try to books flights with earlier daytime arrivals. We understand this is not always possible and will work to accommodate evening and night arrivals if made by the deadline. A taxi is the best way to arrive on campus if you do not requested an airport pickup. Some welcome activities and shopping trips will occur during the suggested arrival week. International student registration and orientation will take place the following Monday- Thursday.

Mandatory Orientation
A one-week mandatory orientation session is held before classes begin in the Fall and Spring semesters. All students must pay for and must attend orientation (~$100 – 2016).

Buddy Program and Student Life
All exchange students may apply for a buddy through the UMSL MOSAIC Ambassador program. The Ambassador’s main role is that of a mentor, providing you with firsthand knowledge of the university life, coursework, social networking, and student life in Missouri/USA. They will help them become more acclimated and involved on-campus. They also schedule a few events each semester. Application instructions will be sent with you acceptance materials. You may also participate in the many clubs and organizations at UMSL (student life), in addition to enjoying activities sponsored by our International House. The International House (iHouse) is a space for intercultural exchange on campus. 

After Acceptance

It takes several weeks to process your application and to issue the immigration documents. Please be patient; we will mail your acceptance packet to you as soon as possible. Exchange students should not complete Step 9 in the acceptance packet – international credit process.
  • Fall semester students should expect their packet in May or June.
  • Spring semester students should expect their packet in late November.
Credit Hour Enrollment
Undergraduate exchange students are provided a scholarship that covers up to 15 credit hours. Students who wish to enroll in more than 15 undergraduate credit hours per semester will be required to pay any additional tuition and academic fees associated with the credit. Undergraduate students are eligible to pre-register up to 9 credit hours before arriving at UMSL (see acceptance packet for details).

Graduate exchange students are provided a scholarship that covers up to 12 credit hours. Students who wish to enroll in more than 12 graduate credit hours per semester will be required to pay any additional tuition and academic fees associated with the credit.  Graduate exchange students are eligible to pre-register up to 6 credit hours before arriving at UMSL (see acceptance packet for details).

Students who wish to enroll in more than the above amounts will be required to pay any additional tuition and fees associated with the credit. Students may take one online course with permission from the International Exchange Coordinator. In this case, students are responsible for additional fees associated with online courses (~$35/credit – 2016). The scholarship will only cover the costs of your tuition as part of our exchange agreement. This does not cover any personal expenses or housing or other fees. No funds will be issued to you for reimbursement for any expenses here at UMSL.

Registration
You will receive registration instructions after you have been accepted by UMSL. You will be assigned an UMSL Academic Advisor and should email them your course choices for registration. The UMSL advisors do not know what the degree requirements are at your home university. Please work with your advisors at your home university to make sure you are taking the "right" courses for your home university.You will send an email to an academic advisor who will then register you for courses. This email should include:
  • Your Student ID/Student Number and an introduction of yourself as an exchange student and for how many semesters you will be attending UMSL.
  • Class Number & Title, Sections, and Times of the classes you would like to take.
  • You should also include some alternate courses, in case your first choice courses are not available.
  • Special Notes:
    • All students are assigned a staff advisor according to their major. To identify your advisor, visit umsl.edu/international (“Admitted Students” section) and click on “Advising.” There you will find the contact information for your department.  A list of graduate program directors can be accessed at http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/future/index.html.
    • UMSL advisors do not know degree requirements are at your home university. Please work with your advisors at your home university to make sure you are taking the "right" courses for your home university.
    • The registration period is a very busy time for academic advisors. It may take 2-4 weeks for an advisor to respond. Please be kind & patient in all correspondence. 
    • Advisors do their best to register you for the courses you want, but they may have to make some changes if classes are closed or if there is a time conflict between classes. They can make one change to your schedule after you have registered. You will have to make any other changes after you arrive on campus.
    • After registering you, the advisor may email you a copy of the classes you have registered for or you can check in MyView for your course scheduleIf you are planning to register for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes, you will do this AFTER taking a placement exam during orientation. EAP classes are included and can be taken under the exchange agreement limit of credit hours.
    • Graduate students may take undergraduate courses. Undergraduate students may not take graduate courses.
Transcripts
At the conclusion of the semester or year at UMSL, you must request that your official transcripts be sent to your home university. You may do this online, in person, or via fax through the Registrar's Office. There is a $5 processing fee for each transcript your request. Due to US privacy laws, only the student can request his/her transcript be released.