International Programs

Study Abroad … Think Globally … Learn Broadly … MU Global Honors

The Honors College provides unique and exclusive study abroad programs for our students, designed with a customized curriculum, cutting-edge experiential learning opportunities, and through partnerships with global institutions. Our programs are not “trips” but rather they are fully articulated and intensive programs of study that put students square in the middle of the issues and content. These programs immerse our students in the culture, context, and challenges of understanding the world from a different perspective and place.

What follows is a listing and description of all of our programs and partnerships.



Genocide and International Justice – Den Haag, Nederland

Spend three weeks learning about the pursuit of justice in the wake of genocide and mass atrocities. Attend on-going hearings before the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals in The Hague, as well as visit several important museums and sites on the Holocaust in Amsterdam. Meet activists, scholars, diplomats, and others involved in the work of the international community.

Bosnian Genocide in History and Memory – Summer University Srebrenica – Bosnia

A twelve-day program that focuses on the July 1995 genocidal massacre at Srebrenica as well as the larger war that surrounded it in the mid-1990s, this program includes site visits to the International Missing Persons Commission, museums in Bosnia, meetings with academics and survivors, and participation in a three-day, 100 kilometer Peace March and Commemoration.



Oral Traditions and Documenting Luyia – Nairobi, Kenya (Summer)

Nairobi, KENYA | Oral Traditions and Luyian Language. Focus on either understanding oral tradition in Africa or in linguistics and language collection in western Kenya. This is a research-based and experiential course with flexible formal requirements depending on student interests and background. Students will have access a collection of oral literature from three Luyia communities of western Kenya as a baseline data set. Other students will collect language samples and participate in the development of a linguistic compilation of language. Students will study of these materials, and may continue to work with them for their final projects, or, among other options, compare the oral literature with that from other communities in Africa or other parts of the world.



Global Leadership for Engineers – Locations vary (Short-term)

This humanities course provides students from any major or college with leadership development coursework and exposes students to the role that engineering plays in both our ancient and modern society, including corporations, government, and more.



Field Reporting in Costa Rica (Winter Break)

Professor Bill Allen has long led this program exploring the global issues that impacting the Costa Rican nation and Tico peoples as they confront climate change, sea-level rise, deforestation, development, tourism, changing gender roles, and more.



European Studies or Communications (Semester at THUAS) – The Netherlands

Students can enter into this cooperative exchange program, pay their MU tuition, and spend an entire semester in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities learning alongside students from numerous European nations as they expand their horizons of knowledge and cultural engagement. See HISE entry below for more information.

Global History at Oxford – England (Spring Break)

This nine-day program draws upon the knowledge and ideas presented during the spring course “Global and Transnational History since 1400” taught by Dr. Jay Sexton. The program provides students with the opportunity to study under the faculty at the famed Corpus Christi College at Oxford University, learning about the facets of a global society that have existed and influenced us for hundreds of years.

Global Society, Challenges, and Investigations – Athens, Greece (Sem. or Short Term)

This program is currently under development, with hopes that we will be able to launch in AY 2019-20. The program seeks to establish a permanent presence in Athens for Honors students of any major, including courses in science, environmental studies, history, anthropology, archeology, government, public health, art and art history, journalism, education, and many more. Semester-long internships will be a major part of the course offerings.



Honors International Student Exchange (HISE)

  • The Hague, The Netherlands [Den Haag, Nederlands] – The Hague University of Applied Sciences

MU Honors College students can study at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (De Haagse Hogeschool) in the fields of Communications, Business, and European Studies as exchange students, paying MU tuition, and live for six months in the political capital (and capital of international justice) of Den Haag.

Den Haag is a cosmopolitan city of several hundred thousand, that spans from the suburbs of Delft (home of the famous blue Delftware) all the way to Scheveningen on the coast (where Van Gogh painted many of his first sea-side works). Its famous museums include the Mauritshuis, the M.C. Escher Museum, the Dutch National Archives, and the Gallery of Prince Wilhelm V. But it is also a vibrant city filled with global corporations (Dutch Royal Shell, among others), and the numerous international courts, including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, and others.

THU is a global university as well, and numerous partnerships with universities around the world. Much of the curriculum is taught in English, and students will have opportunities to participate in several unique programs.


Coalition for Online International Learning (COIL) Courses

[Pilot Program. Courses begin in Fa 2019]


British Literature in Perspective: South Africa and America

(Dr. Elizabeth Chang, MU; Dr. Courtney Davids, Univ. of Western Cape)

Explore the legacy of the British literary canon in light of the multiracial, postcolonial contexts of two nations—the United States and South Africa—and question its very relevance while also studying with students from South Africa via Mizzou’s long-standing partnership and exchange with the University of Western Cape and through the use of distance learning technology.


Science, Medicine, and Global Public Policy

(Dr. William Folk, MU; Dr. Moenieba Isaacs and Dr. Mafansio Hara, Univ. of Western Cape)

A summer course enrolling MU Honors students in a coordinated course with post-grad students from UWC’s Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies in an exploration of issues confronting peoples from both South Africa and the United States in the realms of science and healthcare, utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous methods of engagement. All Honors students, of any major, are welcome to enroll.


Bond International Scholars Award

The International Center is pleased to announce the Bond International Scholars Award, which will provide five $5,000 study abroad scholarships to MU students. This new award is the result of generous donations by friends of retired U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond in honor of his exemplary public service.


All full-time MU undergraduate and graduate students participating in semester or academic/calendar year study abroad programs are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate appropriate academic merit or financial need. To apply, students should complete the International Center scholarship application as part of their program application in myStudyAbroad.


Over the course of 40 years of distinguished public service, Bond has been recognized for his global leadership and dedicated service to the people of Missouri. Prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1986, Bond served as Missouri state auditor and two terms as Missouri’s governor.

A sixth generation Missourian, Bond was born in St. Louis and grew up in Mexico, Mo. As a young man, he had the opportunity to accompany his father on a number of international trips for their family business. These formative experiences provided Bond with the global perspective that was one of the hallmarks of his many years of public service to Missouri, equipping him with an appreciation of the interconnectedness and interdependence that is the foundation of today’s global society and economy.

A forward-thinking Missouri leader, Bond aims to ensure that future generations are equipped with the skills and experiences necessary to bring about change for our region, state and world. The establishment of the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Distinguished International Scholars Fund will provide the necessary resources for students at the University of Missouri in Columbia and the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study abroad. The Bond international scholars will benefit educationally and personally as they gain a better understanding of different cultures and economies. These study abroad scholarships will empower MU and UMSL students to follow Bond’s example, creating the next generation of global citizens with roots in Missouri.

MU International Center

Phone: +1 573-882-6007