Missouri University of Science & Technology
University Info | Office of International and Cultural Affairs
Since our founding in 1870 as the first technological university west of the Mississippi River, Missouri S&T has been a pioneer in technology and today stands poised to meet the challenges of a global, green economy. Our mission has evolved to incorporating technology into all academic disciplines. While known as one of the nation’s best engineering and computing schools, Missouri S&T offers a wide variety of outstanding academic programs, infusing them with a unique technological perspective.
On Jan. 1, 2008, we became Missouri University of Science and Technology – Missouri S&T – (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) to better reflect our mission of educating the engineers, scientists and innovators who help drive our global, interconnected world. Our alumni are engineers, scientists and innovators who have helped drive the Industrial Revolution and propel the Space Age.
Our alumni have accomplished a lot including research leading to the first trans-Atlantic voice transmission and a process to speed DNA sequencing. They've invented Doppler Radar, the first hand-held GPS unit, and a treatment for lung cancer. One of our alumni led NASA's efforts to put a man on the moon and three of our alumni have traveled into space as astronauts. Our alumni have impacted the fields of arts & entertainment (including Jack Dorsey - co-founder of Twitter), business, engineering, innovation, medicine, humanitarian efforts, and space exploration.
Missouri S&T offers 97 degree programs in 39 areas of study including engineering, science, computing, technology, business, management systems, the humanities, and liberal arts.
16 of our undergraduate engineering programs are ABET accredited – more than 3 times the average number found at U.S. universities.
Our engineering programs have been ranked at # 3 in the nation by USA Today / College Factual for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
An April 2015 report published by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. ranks Missouri S&T as one of the nation’s best universities in terms of “value added” – how much students’ university experience contributed to their success in their careers – giving S&T students added value on par with students at Harvard or MIT.
Outside of class students can join more than 200 student organizations that include sports, music, professional, service, and special interest groups.
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TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: Accepted, but require prior approval from Graduate Studies and academic department before student is accepted
- Students are accepted in any degree program
Fall Semester (August - December), Spring Semester (January - May), or Academic Year (August - May)
Missouri S&T welcomes Global E3 exchange students! Information about being an exchange student at Missouri S&T is available online.
Students must complete the Global E3 application. Once the student's application has been assigned to Missouri S&T, the student will be asked to complete an online application for Missouri S&T. Information about the Missouri S&T application process is available online.
English Proficiency required:
Exchange students attending Missouri S&T must have sufficient English skills to participate actively in class work, study, and take exams. Because many of our classes are technical, the student must be able to read, understand, and speak English sufficiently to keep up with the rest of the class. To help us understand your English skills, we require some type of indication of your English abilities whether that is a TOEFL score or another type of exam, description of English studies, or explanation of student's abilities. A general guideline is that students should have English skills equal to a 79 on the TOEFL exam.
Fields of Study Available:
Sciences & Computing:
Business & Social Sciences:
Arts & Humanities
Additional application materials?
Students must submit the following items. Detailed instructions and additional is available online.
- Online application - select application type "undergraduate" and application category "study abroad"
- Transcript in English
- Financial support document
- Copy of Passport
- Country of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Place of birth (city and country)
- Permanent address where to send the DS-2019 immigration document
- Email address
- Field/Department of Study
- Semester of study
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Usually within 30 days after the receipt of all required documents.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall: Early August to mid- December
- Spring: early January to mid-May
A list of classes that are offered for each semester is available in the Schedule of Classes. The classes offered may vary by semester so students are encouraged to view the list of classes for the semester of attendance.
Information about courses is available in the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog.
Course descriptions | Schedule of classes
Workload per semester
For undergraduates, a full-time course load is 12 credit hours. For graduate students, a full-time course load is 9 credit hours. Students who wish to enroll in more than 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate will be responsible for tuition and fees associated with the extra credit hours.
Students need to be enrolled full- time for the length of their program at Missouri S&T.
One official transcript will be sent to the student's home university at no cost to the student. Additional transcripts may be requested from the Registrar's Office for a cost of $10 per transcript. Instructions for requesting a transcript is available on the Registrar's website.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Exchange students are encouraged to live in on-campus housing. Students who live on-campus have more opportunities to interact with other students, don't have to worry about finding housing after arrival or signing a lease, and purchasing furniture.
On campus housing is typically available. The earlier a student requests on-campus housing, the more likely housing will be available. Missouri S&T offers a variety of housing options - from apartment style housing to a 2 person room with a community bathroom. Information about the housing units and housing costs is available online.
Students living in some on-campus housing units may be required to purchase a meal plan, though the requirements will vary by the housing unit. Information about meal plans is available online.
When can exchange students move-in to the Hall of Residence?
Students may arrive a few days prior to the International Student Orientation at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. This is usually approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of classes. A calendar showing the date of International Student Orientation is available online. If a student needs to arrive earlier than this, early arrival may be arranged by contracting Residential Life at email@example.com. Depending on the date of arrival, additional costs may apply.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
All international students at Missouri S&T are required to enroll in a mandatory health insurance program. Your student account will be charged automatically for the health insurance once you have enrolled in classes.
All students are required to complete a tuberculosis screening. The results of the screening will determine if a blood test (please note – a skin test is not sufficient) for tuberculosis will be required. Information about the tuberculosis screening is available on the Student Health Services website, then by selecting Forms, and Tuberculosis Screening Form for New Student or by signing into The Student Health Portal using a Missouri S&T user name and password.
If a student is required to have a blood test for tuberculosis, the blood test may be done in the student’s home country within 3 months of arrival at Missouri S&T or the student may have the blood test done after arrival at Missouri S&T. Please note – a skin test for tuberculosis is not sufficient and a blood test will be required. Quantiferon Gold TB test (QFT) or T-Spot are the only TB tests that are accepted. If a student has one of the accepted TB blood tests completed in his/her home country within 30 days of arrival at Missouri S&T, the student should bring original documentation from the physician who completed the test including the date of the test, type of test, and results of the test. If a student is required to have the testing done after arrival at Missouri S&T, the health insurance will partially cover the cost of the test, but $50 will be charged to the student’s account. If a blood test is positive, a further test involving a chest X-ray must be administered to determine if active tuberculosis is present. Other health related tips and immunization requirements can be found at the Student Health Services website.
All students are also required to submit health forms and immunization records to Student Health Services. A link to The Student Health Portal and information about required vaccinations is available online.
Note that it may be more cost effective and convenient for you to have the required vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing before you arrive on campus, so we encourage students to get them prior to leaving their home country.
Please contact Missouri S&T’s Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about required immunizations and TB screening and testing.
When should I arrive?
International Student Orientation is scheduled approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of classes for the fall semester and spring semester. An academic calendar is available online.
Students are encouraged to attend the general international orientation, but if not able to attend, students will be required to attend a small orientation session within a few days of their arrival.
Upon arrival, students must check in with the Office of International and Cultural Affairs in 103 Norwood Hall by Friday before classes begin.
Is airport reception available?
Missouri S&T Study Abroad provides a shuttle from the airport in St. Louis (airport identifier STL) to Missouri S&T at no cost to the student upon initial arrival. In order to take advantage of the free shuttle from the airport to Rolla, students must notify email@example.com of their arrival and provide a copy of their full flight itinerary no later than 1 week before arrival. The student will be responsible for any extra charges that may apply, for example - requiring a shuttle on a holiday, scheduling the shuttle less than 1 week before arrival, or bringing more than 2 bags plus one carry on bag.
The shuttle runs between the airport in St Louis and Rolla between 9 am and 10 pm every day except on holidays. If a student does not provide the required information at least one week before arrival or chooses to schedule the shuttle directly, the cost to arrive by shuttle is approximately $140.00 USD. Students who arrive outside of shuttle hours are encouraged to stay at a hotel near the airport in St. Louis and take the shuttle the following day.
Students will be notified once a shuttle has been scheduled for them. If a student experiences delays or cancellations during travel, the students must notify the shuttle company to get further instructions.
Is there any bank on campus?
Yes, Phelps County Bank has a bank location in the Havener Student Center and 2 ATM locations on campus. They are a full service bank that has many years of experience helping international students. Additional banks are available within walking distance of the campus.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Estimated student budget
Food/meals – Meal plan information is available online. Prices listed are for a full academic year. Exchange students may purchase a meal plan for one semester for approximately half the price listed on the web page. For information about meal plans, please contact Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing - Exchange students are encouraged to live in on-campus housing. A list of on-campus housing options and costs are available online. Prices are listed for a full academic year. The cost for a spring or fall semester is approximately half the price listed on the web page. For information about housing, please contact Residential Life at email@example.com.
Insurance Fee: Fall semester 2016/Spring semester 2017 $630
Local transportation: The Office of International and Cultural Affairs provides a free shuttle to anywhere in Rolla twice a week when classes are in session. Many destinations in town are within walking distance of the campus and on-campus housing. Some students purchase bikes. A taxi ride within the town is approximately $3.
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) $ 500.00/ semester (approximately). The Missouri S&T Store offers students the option to purchase or rent books. The S&T Store also offers great prices on technology such as computers, laptops, tablets, and computer supplies. At the beginning of the fall semester, the store offers sales and discounts that may be combined with a tax-free weekend early in August.
Personal Expenses $1200 per semester (approximately)
Other Administrative Fees: $80 international student fee
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office of International and Cultural Affairs
Incoming Exchange and Study Abroad Students
Global E3 Campus Representative:
Robin Ziegler, Study Abroad Coordinator
Office of International and Cultural Affairs
Phone: (573) 341-6015
Rolla is a town of 20,000 people located within two hours of three cities/large towns in Missouri - St. Louis, Springfield, and Columbia. Rolla is located on historic Route 66 - a highway known as the Mother Road which links Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. A section of the original Route 66 goes directly through downtown Rolla - and next to the campus of Missouri S&T. Over the years, Rolla has been recognized as one of the 100 best small towns in the United States, the number one small town in Missouri and one of the nation's "smartest cities". It is also an important center for state and federal education and research in science and technology. In addition to being the home of Missouri University of Science and Technology, the US Geological Survey operates a large regional facility with various centers in Rolla: the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center III, the Missouri Water Science Center, the Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center, National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Office Liaisons, and the Rolla Science Information and Library Services office. The headquarters of the Mark Twain National Forest, the only United States National Forest in Missouri, is also located in Rolla. Rolla is a safe, clean, and attractive town that offers easy access to outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and boating on area rivers and parks. Students interested in exploring the natural beauty of the area can rent equipment from the Outdoor Activity Rental (OAR) Office.