You've attended an information session and met with a Study Abroad advisor to narrow down your program choice. Now learn what it takes to apply.

1. Attend an Information Session

Discuss your program options, application, funding and timing, as well as get your questions answered. All information session are on Zoom.

Tuesdays and Fridays
2–3 p.m.

Register for an information session

2. Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor

Students who have attended a Study Abroad Information Session may schedule a Zoom session with a Study Abroad advisor, who can help you narrow down your choices by identifying programs that fit within your academic plan and budget.

  1. Log in to the UMKC Study Abroad Globetrotter Portal
  2. Select "Staff" to view list of Study Abroad advisors
  3. Select an advisor from the list to choose an available time
  4. You will receive an email to your UMKC account from with the Zoom link. If you cannot find it in your inbox, check your spam folder.
  5. Please provide at least 24 hours notice for cancellations

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3. Complete an Application

  1. Log in to the UMKC Study Abroad Globetrotter Portal
  2. Search for the program to which you would like to apply 
  3. Select the name of the program
  4. Follow directions on screen for how to apply and make sure to apply to the term in which you plan to study abroad.
  5. Follow these application tips
  6. Complete all the application items. Your application is not complete until a checkmark appears next to every application item.

For exchange and program-provider programs, a Study Abroad advisor will review your application. For faculty-led programs, the program director will review your application and notify us of their decision. 

5. Apply for Passport and Visa

A passport serves as your international identification and allows you to enter other countries legally, as well as return to the United States after your travel is complete. Apply as early as possible for your passport — it may take up to six weeks to process the application or renewal.

Visa requirements vary depending on each country's laws, the length of your time abroad and other factors.

Learn more from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

6. Search for Funding

If you have to raise funds or apply for a competitive fellowship or scholarship to be able to afford to attend your program, you should get started as early as possible.

7. Finalize Your Application

If your application has been moved to the accepted phase, you will receive an email in your UMKC email account from Finalize your application by completing all post-decision items.

  1. Log in to the UMKC Study Abroad Globetrotter Portal
  2. Select Commit button
  3. Complete all post-decision items (signature document, application questionnaire and required reading.) Your application is not finalized until a checkmark appears next to each post-decision item.
  4. Complete these items at least two weeks before attending Predeparture Orientation. You may be dismissed from the program if any items are not completed within this timeframe. 

8. Attend Study Abroad Predeparture Orientation

You are required to attend Study Abroad Predeparture Orientation, which will provide you with health and safety advice, travel tips and other important preparation materials. You also will learn about cross-cultural adjustment and connect with other students preparing to study abroad.

Parents, guardians and significant others are welcome to attend. Visiting students should discuss remote attendance options with the program leader and your Study Abroad advisor.

9. Complete Predeparture Requirements

At this time, all university-related travel must be approved and reviewed. Follow COVID-19 guidance for international travel.