Missouri University of Science & Technology
University Info | Exchange Student Info
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 requires prior approval from Graduate Studies and academic department before student can be accepted
- Students are accepted in any degree program
English Proficiency Requirements
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 iBT exam.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: early August to mid-December
- Spring: early January to mid-May
Fields of Study Available
Sciences & Computing:
Business & Social Sciences:
Arts & Humanities
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.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to Missouri S&T must also complete an online application for Missouri S&T. Information about the Missouri S&T application process is available online.
Students must also submit the following items.
- 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
Students will receive their acceptance packet generally within 30 days after the receipt of all required documents.
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.
Estimated Cost of Living
Estimated Student Budget
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.
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.
Insurance fee – Fall semester 2016 / Spring semester 2017 – $630
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.