Study abroad

MU International Center

Study Abroad Financial Aid

The University of Missouri offers students the opportunity to study outside the United States through more than 400 programs in more than 60 countries. Students can choose from MU International Center programs, MU Programs, MU Partner programs and non-MU programs.

In an effort to ensure the health, safety and security of its students and constituents, the University of Missouri reviews how, when and where students may study abroad and considers issues of terrorism, war, disease and other risks to travelers. Accordingly if the U.S. Department of State issues a travel warning for a particular country, study abroad programs may be suspended or canceled for our students of any nationality in that site while the Warning is in effect. If a student or constituent chooses to study in one of these countries against the advice of the university, he/she will not be registered as a student and will not have access to university support, financial aid, resources or facilities during that time.

University of Missouri does not support study abroad programs to countries for which the U.S. Department of State have issued travel warnings without a review of whether or not the warning impacts the risks associated with the programs.

MU programs

For MU programs, students are billed through the Office of Cashiers for academic credits. In some cases, billing includes housing, airfare and other costs. Billing procedures vary from program to program, and the student is responsible for following them.

The Financial Aid Office disburses all applicable federal, state, institution and private financial aid for students enrolled in MU programs abroad. The Office of Cashiers will extend a refund when financial aid exceeds the balance on the account.

More information about study abroad financial aid.


Partner Programs

MU Partner programs are managed by universities or organizations with which MU has cooperative agreements. Costs of these programs generally are higher than costs of MU-sponsored programs.

Under a signed agreement between MU and the other schools/institutions, students are billed for 13 hours of academic credit. The Partner Payment Worksheet explains this arrangement.

Some MU Partner programs extend scholarships or discounts to MU students, which should be reflected on the school/institution’s billing statement.

Non-MU programs

For non-MU programs, the student is responsible for enrollment, payment and return of transcripts. Because MU has no affiliation with these programs, only federal Pell Grant and loan eligibility are applicable. MU sends verification of enrollment to the school or institution. Any grant and/or loan will be processed through the MU Office of Cashiers and paid directly to the student.

Students are strongly encouraged to establish direct deposit with the Office of Cashiers for the refund of excess financial aid. To set up direct deposit, log on to myZou. Under "Finances," click "Manage Direct Deposit." Enter your bank’s routing number and your account number. The individual or joint bank account must include the student as an owner. Financial aid refunds are processed nightly. It takes approximately three days to transfer the funds to your bank.