A new application process through the International Academic Programs Office has been put in place for all students wishing to participate in a study abroad experience. You can search program information and link to the application at Please note that the preferred browser for the application program is Firefox.

There are several steps to the application process - signature documents, application questionnaires, recommendations and deposit.

The deposit will be paid on-line as part of the application process. The amount due for deposit is as follows:

  • $700 for London (May 2016), Spain (January 2016), Portugal (January 2016)
  • $825 for Portugal (January 2016)
  • $850 for South Africa (February 2016) and South America (Tentative/TBD)

All portions of the application including the deposit must be completed before it will be considered.

Students will be charged a one-time, non-refundable subscription fee of $25 once a decision is made on their application.


Students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot.

Portugal (2016):
Scholarship Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
Program Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
Payment Deadline: November 1, 2015

Spain (2016):
Scholarship Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
Program Application Deadline: November 1, 2015
Payment Deadline: November 1, 2015

Application Review & Notification

Completed applications are reviewed as they are received. A committee of faculty members involved in the study abroad program reviews each application. Students submitting a completed application by the application deadline date will have a decision before the first scheduled class meeting. Notification of application status will be sent to the student's UMKC email account.

Class/Trip Capacities

A capacity of 15-25 is set for each trip. Generally this is the largest number of guests that can be accommodated by many of our business visits. Each program leader has the authority to change the capacity as needed.

Who Can Participate?

Preference for spots is given to degree-seeking Bloch School students and those pursuing the Business or Entrepreneurship Minor. However students from other academic units at UMKC are welcome to apply. To be eligible, you must have completed one semester at UMKC prior to the start of the trip. Undergraduate applicants must have a 2.75 UM GPA. A transfer GPA will be reviewed for students who entered UMKC in fall 2015 for January trips. The transfer GPA will also be used for students entering UMKC in spring 2016 and applying for summer 2016 trips. Graduate students must be in good standing.

Students from other universities may apply as well. Beyond the application, these students will need to apply for admission to a UMKC degree program or for entry as a non-degree-seeking student. Certain restrictions apply to non-degree-seeking enrollment. Please take a moment to review our visiting student requirements.

The university may have additional requirements for participation in study abroad programs that must be met. See the International Academic Programs website for more information.

What Does the Deposit Cover?

The deposit for each program must be paid by the applicable due date. The deposit amount will be applied toward the cost of accommodations and, in some cases, other miscellaneous other expenses such as transportation or meals. The deposit, less $100, is refundable until accommodations or other up-front expenses are finalized (often immediately after the deposit payment deadline). Many of these arrangements must be made (and paid for) well in advance of departure. If an application for a program is rejected, the entire deposit will be refunded.

Please note that the cost of accommodations and other expenses paid by Bloch for the program may exceed the deposit amount so that the deposit amount may not cover the total amount you will be billed. The total cost billed by UMKC/Bloch may be higher than the original deposit amount due to demand and/or currency fluctuations. You may be asked to pay additional monies to cover the cost of expenses such as in-country transportation, entrance fees, business visit fees, etc. Additional payments may be sought before and/or after the trip. Program leaders can provide additional information and estimates.

For detailed application instructions, please click here.

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5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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