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.



Jamaica: History, Literature and Music (Summer)

A ten day program that traces the lived world of Marlon James’ novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and explores the Jamaican peoples’ countryside, culture, and contemporary challenges. Led by Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Department of Black Studies Chair and Mr. Donell Young, Director of the Center for Academic Success and Excellence.



Oral Traditions and Documenting Luyia (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.



Humanities and Engineering / Electrical Engineering – Germany (Summer)

Two distinct courses; can be taken independently or together. The Humanities course introduces students from any major or college to the role that engineering plays in our modern society—including corporations, government, and more. The Electrical Engineering course is limited to CoE majors and is an upper-level course that is often required for several degree programs.



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.



Life, Society, and Global Issues – Montreal, Canada (Summer)

A ten-day foray into the realm of global issues and developments, that explores Canadian multicultural society through the lens of several different and varying facets—medicine, politics, religion, language, industry, and society. This is intended to be the first of our Stamps Scholars programs leading all Scholars into the realm of study abroad and global thinking.



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.