Our Mission

UMKC’s Center for International Academic Programs seeks to increase the internationalization of this campus by supporting and encouraging academic programs and initiatives that are international in focus. In particular, it works to expand and strengthen the number and quality of international study abroad, research, and fellowship opportunities available to UMKC’s students and faculty. It does so through a variety of initiatives, including: the promotion and coordination of intercultural programs on campus; the promotion and coordination of study abroad and international exchange programs; the development of collaborative relations with institutions abroad; the development of policy guidance and program direction for international programs; and the coordination of UMKC’s involvement in the nationally competitive, prestigious fellowships and scholarships programs.

The IAP staff is pleased to be a part of the significant life changing experiences of our students, whether studying abroad or pursuing support for outstanding scholarship.
For a look at our department's recent highlights and achievements, please view our Annual Report here.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad allows students to travel outside the United States and experience new cultures and environments, while earning academic credit and completing their degrees. By studying abroad, students embark on experiences that have the potential to change their lives, expand their knowledge, create long-lasting friendships, and establish connections all around the globe. IAP helps with all aspects of planning for study abroad, including: preparing for departure, overseas stay, and return to the United States. Currently, UMKC has programs with schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Additional study abroad and exchange relationships are being developed. Programs are available in English as well as a foreign language, and programs vary in length from a few weeks to an academic year or longer.

IAP hosts 20+ exchange students per year from partner institutions in places such as Germany, France and Spain. We send approximately 300 domestic students abroad each year on faculty-led and partner school programs in China, France, South Africa and Ireland, to name but a few. We help 25+ student candidates apply for merit-based, nationally competitive fellowships to fund research and studies in the US and abroad.

When planning to study abroad, it is important to start the process early in order to choose a suitable program, speak with academic and financial aid advisors, and apply for study abroad scholarships. Students are invited to visit International Academic Programs office, located in the Student Success Center, Room #120 (5000 Holmes). All students are encouraged to first attend an info session to find out more information on international programs, scholarships, and other inquiries. For additional information regarding study abroad and related scholarships, please visit our study abroad website. Are you eligible for study abroad? Read the Requirements!


IAP assists students who want to apply for major fellowships that support continued undergraduate study and graduate school. The major fellowships website identifies an extensive list of these fellowships for both national and international study, including, but not limited to, the Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Jack Kent Cooke, NSEP Boren, and Rotary. These are highly competitive awards that demand careful planning and a commitment of time and effort. All fellowships require applicants to have a high GPA. In addition, typical eligibility criteria include a record of community service, evidence of undergraduate research or original work, strong faculty references, and a commitment to future academic or public service. A number of the fellowships require an on-campus review and nomination before a candidate can move forward to the national competition. IAP coordinates faculty committees which select fellowship nominees and then assist them throughout the rigorous application process. Most of these fellowships provide substantial financial support as well as opportunities for travel and specialized seminars with fellow grantees. For additional information please call (816) 235-5759.

IAP Staff Include:

Linna Place, Ph.D.,  Director

Dr. Linna Place has overall responsibility for the administration of IAP’s programs and activities and is IAP’s principal contact with community and international partners. In addition, she serves as UMKC’s liaison to the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, is a board member of Kansas City’s International Relations Council, a member of the Academic Investors Committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA), a member of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and a member of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Dr. Place oversees UMKC's participation in the nationally competitive, prestigious awards programs. In this capacity, she provides information and support for those UMKC students who are interested in pursuing any of the major national fellowships and scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Mitchell, Goldwater, and Truman. She provides both practical advice on the process itself and access to resources in the university community, which facilitate the application process. She also coordinates the activities of several faculty committees established to review and assist student applicants, as well as assists faculty members who apply for international awards such as the Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist Programs. She chairs the Honors and Awards Advisory Board, co-chairs the International Advisory Board, and sits on the Advisory Boards of SEARCH and the Honors Program. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of History as Research Associate Professor.

Kate Wozniak, Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator

Ms. Kate Wozniak administers UMKC’s Study Abroad programs and exchange agreements. She is the key contact for students, faculty, and international exchange partners for all study abroad programs. Ms. Wozniak advises international and American students on issues related to travel safety, culture shock, and academic responsibilities while studying in another country. She supports all faculty-led programs and is the primary emergency contact person while groups are overseas. Her responsibilities include updating policy and procedure, marketing, coordinator for welcoming international partner exchange students, and she serves as the UMKC/IAP representative at various recruiting events. Ms. Wozniak holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was Hospitality Co-chair for the NAFSA Kansas City Conference and serves as co-chair of UMKC’s International Advisory Board. Ms. Wozniak recently participated in a site visit to Belgium and France with International Studies Abroad. She holds membership and is an active participant in the Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA and IIE.

Emma Spong Executive Staff Assistant

Emma is the Executive Staff Assistant for the IAP office and serves as a resource to help connect students, faculty and staff to organizations and resources that enhance the UMKC educational experience, including study abroad, nationally competitive fellowships and international opportunities in the Kansas City metro community, and throughout the world.  Emma became passionate about international service after participating in a year-long exchange program in Ghana following high-school. Her experiences in Ghana and the connections she made with the country’s people have guided much of her educational path and career goals.  She received her bachelors in Anthropology with an emphasis in international cultural immersion from Northern Arizona University and studied abroad in New Zealand, where her studies focused on indigenous Maori and Pacific Island culture.  Emma received a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in non-profit management from UMKC.


Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm.

Study Abroad Walk-in Advising Hours: Wednesdays 9:30 am-11:30 am.
Students unable to come at this time should book an appointment.

Study Abroad Info Sessions: Tuesdays and Fridays 2pm-3pm. For students interested in beginning the study abroad process.
Those unable to come at this time should book an appointment.