Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to common questions about participating in the Study Abroad program. You can also contact Nancy Wilkinson in Student Services (816-235-2217) if your question isn’t answered below.
Two different study abroad experiences will be offered in 2014.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in our first ever intersession study abroad trips! The London trip will have a finance focus and will be paired with an optional pre-trip to Paris. Spain will be the second destination offered in the January intersession.
May/June trip destinations include:
3 hours of undergraduate (MGT 470) or graduate (MGT 5552) credit may be earned per course up to six hours total.
Preference for spots is given to degree-seeking Bloch School students and those pursuing the Business 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 in May. Undergraduate applicants must have a 2.75 UM GPA. A transfer GPA will be reviewed for students who entered UMKC in fall 2013. 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 visiting students.
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.
Yes! In fact, they are especially appropriate for anyone who has not traveled outside the U.S. before. They offer a very comfortable, safe way to have an international experience. The faculty members leading the trips have been to these cities many times and will help guide you. You will be provided with suggestions on how to book airfare, information on what to expect when you arrive and how to get from the airport to your hotel. Often maps or links to public transportation websites are sent out shortly before departure. Many students coordinate their arrangements and travel together. This is not required, but encouraged if you are uneasy about traveling on your own.
Faculty coordinators usually arrive a day or two in advance of the start of the trip to get ready for the students' arrival and to make any final arrangements. If there are changes to any of the information provided, they will send an email or add a new post to the class Blackboard site.
Once at your destination, much of the early travel is done as a group. After a day or two, most students are comfortable enough to travel on their own or in small groups during their free time.
The deposit will be credited toward the cost of accommodations as these arrangements must be made (and paid for) well in advance of departure. Be prepared for the fact that the cost of accommodations may change and your deposit may not cover the final cost, due to demand and/or currency fluctuations. You may be asked to pay an additional amount to cover the cost of in-country transportation, entrance fees, business visit fees, etc. Additional payments may be sought before and/or after the trip.
*The deposit for South Africa includes accommodations, all program-related local travel and some group meals.
We are currently accepting applications for the January intersession trips. Students applying for the summer trips will complete their application through the International Academic Programs site.
Fully completed applications will be reviewed by faculty and staff on a rolling admission basis. Once reviewed you will be notified quickly. You should await booking airfare until you are notified that the course has sufficient enrollments.
Applications for the intersession trips will be accepted through November 8, 2013, on a space available basis. Classes will start in mid-November for intersession trips.
Applications will be accepted on a space available basis through Feb. 15, 2013. Classes will start in mid- to late February and meet during the spring. Students should apply as soon as possible since courses will likely fill quickly. Applications are usually not considered after classes have started and if accepted could carry a late enrollment fee.
Students should contact Nancy Wilkinson in Student Services (816-235-2217) or the faculty member leading the trip to determine whether spaces are available. If your first choice is filled, please consider another destination. Every trip is an amazing experience!
For students applying for an intersession trip, a completed application includes the application form, letter of recommendation, statement of purpose and deposit. Only completed applications will be accepted. The deposit amount is $700 per trip ($800 for South Africa) and can be paid by check (payable to UMKC) or by credit card. No cash, please. E-mail credit card payments cannot be accepted. We are unable to accept incomplete applications; please make sure all required elements are included.
A new, on-line application process is being developed by the International Academic Programs Office. Students applying for summer programs will follow this process. A link to the application and additional details will be provided as soon we have them.
Yes! The scheduling of the courses is designed to facilitate multiple trips, however, no more than six hours may be earned within a Bloch degree program. Students who enrolled in one or two of the courses as an undergraduate may generally take the courses again if they are now pursuing a graduate degree through Bloch.
Of course, students should always check with their advisor to ensure all courses will count toward their degrees.
No. Students must be enrolled in the appropriate course and pay tuition in order to participate in the study abroad program. It may be possible to audit the course (in other words, participate without earning credits).
Individuals other than the student may not go on the course trips, but may travel with you before or after the trip (e.g., pre- and post trip excursions).
Approximately 24 students will be accepted for each trip. The limit is set at this level as this tends to be the maximum number of guests some of our business visits can accommodate. Additionally, much of the in-country travel is done via public transportation. Moving groups larger than this would require special arrangements that could potentially be more costly to the participants.
The Bloch School is extremely committed to delivering this program at an affordable rate for our students by using inexpensive accommodations and modes of transportation wherever possible.
The Bloch School collects deposits at the time of application for each program to help cover accommodation expenses while abroad. The amount of the deposit for each course is $700 ($800 for South Africa). These deposits are refundable (less a $100 fee) until arrangements for accommodations must be finalized (by December 1st for intersession/March 1 for summer). The deposit is fully refunded in the case of rejected applications to the program. (Due to currency fluctuations and changes in the costs of accommodations, additional funds may be collected prior to the trip.) The deposit may be paid by credit card or check (payable to UMKC). No cash, please. Payments via e-mail cannot be accepted.
Students are also responsible for:
- 3 hours tuition/fees per class/trip (Intersession will be considered part of spring; May/June trips will be part of summer)
- Airfare to/from the international destinations
- Cost of accommodations beyond the $700 deposit ($800 deposit for South Africa)
- Meals during the trip
- Local public transportation costs (all program-related local travel included in deposit for South Africa)
- Entrance fees for cultural visits
- Passport, if you do not already have one
- Visa, if traveling to China (summer) or if you are an international student required to have a visa to enter England or Spain
- University-required HTH health insurance
- For students applying for a summer trip there will be a $25 subscription fee to StudioAbroad, the application software used by the International Academic Programs Office.
Please note that the tuition and fees associated with the study abroad classes are the same as that charged for “regular” Bloch School coursework.
Study Abroad scholarships are also available to qualified students.
The $700 per trip deposit ($800 for South Africa) collected at the time of application can be refunded in part, less a $100 fee, until accommodations have been secured. Because of the number of hotel rooms being reserved, we have to make payment well in advance of the trip to secure accommodations. Payments will be made in early December for January intersession trips unless the hotel requires money at a different time. For summer trips, the payments to the hotels are generally made around March 1 (in mid-February for South Africa).
Deposits are refunded in full if a student’s application is rejected.
Bloch School scholarships are available to help cover study abroad costs.
In particular the Azima and Dick scholarships are designed for study abroad programs. Additionally, we will award a number of scholarships exclusively for Bloch School study abroad students.
Applications for all scholarships on the Bloch School site and remaining study abroad awards will be accepted December 1-March 1 with awards made in late March/April. Please clearly indicate on the application that you wish to be considered for a study abroad scholarship.
A special fall scholarship competition has been created for students participating in Intersession trips. Application materials are available on the Bloch School scholarships page and will be due by November 8, 2013.
The Center for International Academic Programs website has information on various scholarship opportunities, however many of these awards are for longer trips.
Other scholarships may be used to assist with tuition costs. Financial aid is often available to defray tuition as well. For information on using financial aid toward your trip, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Please note that eligibility and minimum enrollment requirements apply.
Please note that any financial aid or scholarships received are applied to your student account to pay for tuition. Because these classes are part of the summer semester, any refund you are due would not come until after the trips. You should budget knowing that any money coming in to help defray costs will probably come after the fact.
The Center for International Academic Programs website has additional policies and information that apply to all UMKC students while studying abroad.
Domestic students who are not Missouri residents may be charged out-of-state fees if enrolling in more than three credit hours between study abroad and summer semester courses. The non-resident fee is waived for part-time students who enroll in three credit hours or less in the summer term. These study abroad courses are considered part of the summer semester.
A metro rate (equal to in-state fees) is available for students who have one year of established residence in one of the following Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Wyandotte. If you were not admitted under the metro rate, but believe that you may be eligible, contact the UMKC Office of Admissions at 816-235-1111, or by email.
Students whose state of residence (at the time of application/admission to UMKC) is Kansas (non-metro rate counties), Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin, may be eligible to pay a reduced out-of-state rate (Midwest Student Exchange rate) when enrolling beyond the limits set for the non-resident tuition scholarship. To apply for reclassification as a Midwest Student Exchange Student, contact the UMKC Office of Admissions at 816-235-1111, or by email.
Undergraduate students can earn up to six hours of study abroad credit to count toward program requirements. Three credit hours can be used to satisfy the international requirement (MGT 370/MGT 470) in the B.B.A. and B.S. Accounting programs. B.B.A. students pursuing the enterprise management emphasis can use three hours toward satisfying emphasis area “electives.” Courses can also be used as general program electives. Students pursuing the business minor can use up to three credits of study abroad to satisfy the business elective requirement. If pursuing another degree, please talk with your advisor to learn how study abroad credit fits into your program.
The January intersession trip to London can count in place of FIN 340, Global Financial Management, for students pursuing the B.B.A.-Finance degree.
Graduate students can earn up to six hours of study abroad credit. In the M.B.A. program these credits will count as elective, however students in the international business emphasis will count three hours of study abroad credit toward the emphasis area requirement. In the general management emphasis, study abroad credit can be used for the international area of study. Any additional hours will be considered electives. In the M.S. Finance program, six hours of study abroad can be used in the designated elective section of the program. Students pursuing the M.P.A. or M.S. Accounting degree would generally use these credits as elective, but should confirm this with their faculty advisor before applying.
The January intersession trip to London can count in place of FIN 5552, Global Financial Markets and Institutions for students pursuing the M.S. Finance degree or the M.B.A. with a finance emphasis.
The bulk of coursework for study abroad takes place during the spring term. Assignments for the class can include (and are not limited to):
- attendance at all required course meetings
- active participation at all business and cultural visits
- group or individual presentations on a business sector, specific company or culturally significant attraction or event
- group or individual papers
- summary information in the form of a handout for classmates
- readings to complement course content
- discussion boards
- guest speakers
- video presentations
- trip/class journals
Each of these destination cities is unique and has different business/cultural/economic issues and attractions. As a result, no two classes will be the same. Work assigned in one class may not be appropriate in another class. Also, within the same destination business visits and activities may change from year to year. New faculty members involved with the trip may also result in changes to course content.
An organizational kickoff meeting will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students participating in intersession trips. This will allow students the opportunity to get to know each other. This session will also include the University's required pre-departure orientation that will be conducted by a member of the International Academic Programs staff. Students who miss this first session will be required to attend a separate pre-departure orientation session prior to travel.
Three additional class sessions will be scheduled for the intersession study abroad trips. The second meeting is planned to be an on-line session to be completed before the third class in December. A final meeting will be in February 2014. Classes are conducted as half-day Saturday sessions to avoid conflicts with other courses and work obligations. Meeting times will be arranged so that students participating in both trips will be able to attend both classes on the same day.
For summer trips, the initial class meeting will be in mid-February from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The required pre-departure orientation will also be included in this session. Students missing this class meeting will be required to attend a separate pre-departure orientation later in the spring and prior to travel.
Three additional class meetings will take place during the spring semester. The trips will take place in May and early June. Final class meetings will be in late June and early July. Classes meet on Saturdays to avoid conflicts with other classes or work obligations. Additionally, they are usually scheduled so that students participating in two trips can attend both classes in the same day.
Meeting dates/times for the trip to South Africa are listed on the program page.
Attendance at all sessions is required unless pre-approval has been granted by the faculty coordinator.
Information about the process to apply for a passport can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. Be sure to start this process early! During peak application times it may take up to 10 weeks to get your passport. If you are traveling to China, you will need your passport to get a visa. Additional information about the visa process will be provided in class, but generally the process is started in April.
The pre-trips allow students the opportunity to extend their trip and experience other exciting cities. Students often think that since they have to pay for the airfare one way or the other, they will take advantage of the opportunity to visit other locales.
The focus of the pre-trips is on cultural and tourist attractions and does not include business visits. Students benefit from having a knowledgeable faculty member lead the trip and make all of the travel arrangements. A non-refundable administrative fee of $150 is charged for participation in a pre-trip. Additionally students are asked to make payment for accommodations or transportation at the time arrangements are made.
Students are usually asked to commit to pre-trip opportunities soon after the first class meeting in February or March and payments may come due shortly thereafter. Arrangements are made early to assure availability and the best possible price.