Study Abroad

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MOSAIC | Current Study Abroad Programs | Types of Study Abroad Programs

Undergo a life-changing experience. Experience natural and human-made wonders both ancient and more modern. Learn a second or third language. Make friends half a world away. Sharpen your competitive advantage. Prepare to enter a global economy. You have options when you decide to study abroad. Your studies can parallel your major coursework or focus on a cultural exploration of the local environment. You can follow a short-term program for from 9 days to 9 weeks, or you can leave for a long-term experience – a semester or a year at an overseas campus. While you’re traveling, you might:

  • Admire masterpieces from Michelangelo to Mozart in the artistic apexes of the world.
  • Survey architectural ruins in Greece or other parts of the world.
  • Learn to navigate London, Madrid, Florence or other magnificent European cities.
  • Tour historical wonders like the Great Wall of China, the pyramids in Egypt, or the Roman Colosseum.
  • Walk in the footsteps of those visionaries who transformed the ancient world into a modern global society.

Whether you go to a far corner of the globe or take just a short jog, getting to know people from different cultures will enrich your life in incalculable ways.  Maryville University is committed to making it as easy as possible for students to participate in a study-abroad experience.

Loans and grants are available for qualified students (See Martha Harbaugh in Gander 134-A). For the most successful study-abroad experience, we recommend you start planning as soon as possible.

MOSAIC- Missouri Study-Abroad Intercollegiate Consortium

Maryville administers a comprehensive faculty-led short-term study-abroad program on behalf of a group of colleges and universities – Central Methodist University, Columbia College, Culver-Stockton College, Fontbonne University, Missouri Valley College, and Millersville University. The mission of MOSAIC is to provide a range of summer programs, staffed by faculty from member institutions and open to all collegiate students – from these institutions as well as any other colleges throughout the United States. Faculty members from MOSAIC institutions offer courses in the various programs. Maryville administers the programs as well as the academic transcripts for MOSAIC’s five summer 2014 faculty-led programs. There is also a Columbia College-sponsored program in Central Europe in the latter half of May.

Types of Study Abroad Programs

There are 5 basic types of study-abroad programs:

  • Short-term Maryville faculty-led summer programs of 3-4 weeks with stand-alone course(s) for credit
  • Short-term 9-day Maryville faculty-led spring-break/January/May programs associated with on-campus course
  • Individualized semester-long and year-long programs for credit
  • Internships and experiential learning programs of 6 weeks to a semester for credit
  • Short-term programs offered by other institutions with participation by Maryville students but not faculty

Short-term faculty-led 3-4 week stand-alone programs

  • Maryville, either alone or in conjunction with neighboring institutions, offers a series of summer 3-4 week programs at different sites, where 3-10 faculty and 20-50 students participate per site. Students choose 1-3 courses from a list of offerings by our faculty and, in some occasions, local faculty.
  • Characteristics of such programs include:
    • 2 weeks of pre-departure readings and possible assignments
    • 3-4 weeks on-site
    • 4 weeks of post-site assignments back home
    • Learning occurs in a 24-7 environment from Maryville faculty augmented by faculty from other Missouri universities and on-site local universities
    • Most of learning occurs outside the formal classroom “in the streets” via excursions to important sites
    • Maryville administers these programs on behalf of a group on near-by and other American universities via an organization called MOSAIC (Missouri Study-Abroad International Consortium)
  • 2014 summer 3-4 week MOSAIC programs
  • China/Vietnam – May 13 – June 10 on site
  • Florence, Italy – mid-May to mid-June on-site
  • Paris – June 26 – July 15 on site
  • Oxford – July 1-23 on site
  • London, England – May 17 – June 14 or June 14 – July 12 on-site

Short-term faculty-led 9-day stand-alone programs during spring break, January, or May

  • Characteristics of such programs include:
    • Associated with a course offered by Maryville faculty during fall/spring semester or summer
    • May be based at one site or students may spend a substantial time traveling from location to location
    • Up to 7 weeks of pre-departure on-campus reading and assignments
    • Post-site assignments

Individualized semester-long and year-long programs

Students may opt for a longer study-abroad experience where you leave Maryville’s campus far behind and spend a semester or a year on your own at a university campus somewhere in the far corners of the globe with classmates from different cultures who will enrich your life in incalculable ways. Experience university life in another part of the world as you explore subjects in your major or study new topics relating to the local environment. Somewhere in the world is a program to fit your interests and needs. Maryville works with you to find the right fit. See Professor Germaine Murray in ABAC 3220 (ext. 9544 or or Dr. James E. Harf (, Director of the Center for Global Education, In Gander Hall, suite 101.

Internships and Experiential Learning Programs

Students may participate in an internship or experiential learning program during the summer or academic year. Typically, summer opportunities vary in length from 6 to 8 weeks.  During the regular academic year, the average experience is a semester in duration. The student works with the Director of the Center for Global Education, Dr. James E. Harf, in Gander Hall 101.  In summer 2014, there will be a 4-week service learning program in China.

Summer 2014 Programs:

China and Vietnam (May 13 – June 10)

  • Mostly in China with 5 days in Vietnam and 2 days in Hong Kong at end of trip
  • Climb Great Wall; visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Much time spent in western China at foot of Himalayan Mountains
  • Two tracks – students interested in Chinese medicine and all other students
  • Service learning — teaching English, working with disabled, or in traditional medicine hospital
  • Maryville faculty leaders have lived or traveled in China
  • Program led by Maryville professors from art, social science, and health professions
  • Enroll in 9 credits (preferred) or 6 credits
  • Total cost for 6 credits is $6,245 (non-Chinese medicine students) or $6,445 (Chinese medicine)
  • Total cost for 9 credits is $6,995 (non-Chinese medicine students) or $7,195 (Chinese medicine)
  • For more information, visit our China/Vietnam page

Florence, Italy (May 19 – June 18; optional end-of-program trip to Rome until June 21)

  • Live in heart of Florence, within walking distance of all important sites
  • Take 2 or 3 courses from list of 12 courses
  • Courses emphasize art-related and other social science/humanities/science fields
  • Excursions throughout Florence and to medieval city of Siena, plus others
  • Optional overnight excursions to Venice, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, and Rome
  • Total cost for 6 credits is $4,750 + airfare ($1,400 estimated)
  • 3 additional credits for $750
  • For more information visit our Florence page

Paris (June 26 to July 15)

  • Live in heart of Paris, within easy reach of most important sites
  • Take 2 or 3 courses from list of 16 courses
  • Courses in humanities, social sciences, education, science, business, and the arts
  • Excursions throughout Paris
  • Excursions to Normandy World War II battlefields, Versailles and Monet’s Garden at Giverny
  • Total cost for 6 credits is $3,995 + airfare ($1,500 estimated)
  • 3 additional credits for $750
  • For more information visit our Paris page

Oxford (July 1-23)

  • Live in heart of Oxford, world’s greatest university town – walking distance to all important sites
  • Take 2-3 courses from list of 14 courses, including tutorial with Oxford Don (professor)
  • Courses in health professions, social sciences, humanities and science
  • Lecture course on world affairs from group of Oxford and American professors
  • Several excursions to London, plus to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath and Blenham Castle
  • Total cost for 6 credits is $5,400 + airfare ($1,500 estimated)
  • 3 additional credits for $750
  • For more information visit our Oxford page

London (May 17 to June 14 or June 14 to July 12) – Offered by MU’s London partner, LEB Education

  • Select one of two 4-week sessions
  • Live in the world’s most cosmopolitan city, with easy reach of all important sites
  • 4 business courses  and four social sciences/humanities courses in 1st session
  • 2 business courses and one social sciences/humanities course in 2nd session
  • Both sessions have Business Practicum course -  work on a real project for a real British client
  • Total cost for 6 credits is $5,300 plus airfare ($1,500 estimated)
  • 3 additional credits for $750
  • For more information visit our London page

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