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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.

 

Which destinations/courses are offered for 2014?

May/June trip destinations include:

China

Hong Kong

London, England

Spain

South Africa

3 hours of undergraduate (MGT 470) or graduate (MGT 5552) credit may be earned per course up to six hours total.

Who can participate?

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.

I’ve never been abroad before. Are these trips appropriate for me?

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.

What does the deposit cover?

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.

When can I apply for 2014?

A new on-line application process has been implemented for all students wishing to apply for a study abroad experience. You can access the application on the International Academic Programs Office website.

Please note that submitting an application alone does not secure a seat. A completed application and program deposit are needed for review and upon acceptance you will officially be considered part of the trip.

Fully completed applications (including on-line application and program deposit) will be reviewed by faculty and staff on a rolling admission basis. Once reviewed you will be notified of the decision via UMKC e-mail. You should await booking airfare until you are notified that the course has sufficient enrollments.

Applications will be accepted on a space available basis through February 14, (South Africa) and March 21, 2014 (all others).Classes will start February 22 (South Africa) and April 5 (all others) 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!

What is required as part of the application process?

A new application process through the International Academic Programs Office has been put in place for all students wishing to participate in a study abroad experience. You can search program information and link to the application at www.umkc.edu/international. Please note that the preferred browser for the application program is Firefox.

There are several steps to the application process - signature documents, application questionnaires and recommendations. All areas must be completed and the letter of recommendation returned before we can accept your program deposit.

Once the application is completed, please come to the Bloch School Student Services Office, room 115 Bloch Heritage Hall to pay your deposit. The deposit is $700 for China, Hong Kong, London and Spain; $800 for South Africa. Deposits can be paid by check (payable to UMKC) or by credit card. Cash and payments via e-mail cannot be accepted.

Students will be charged a one-time, non-refundable subscription fee of $25 once a decision is made on their application.

Is it possible to enroll in two courses and go on two trips?

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.

Is it possible to go on a trip without enrolling in a course?

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).

Can spouses or friends go on the trips?

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).

How many students will be accepted for each trip?

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.

How much does it cost?

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 (around 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 (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
  • Incidentals
  • 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
  • $25 subscription fee to TerraDotta, 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.

What if I apply and then cannot attend, what kind of refund is available?

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 March 1 for summer trips (in mid-February for South Africa).

Deposits are refunded in full if a student’s application is rejected.

What kind of scholarship or financial aid is available?

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.

The 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.

What additional information is there for study abroad from UMKC?

The International Academic Programs website has additional policies and information that apply to all UMKC students while studying abroad.

I am a Kansas resident and want to do two trips. How will this impact my fees?

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.

How will these credits apply to my program?

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.

Graduate students can earn up to six hours of study abroad credit. In the MBA 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.

What is the workload like in these courses?

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.

Do I have to attend any special classes or meetings as part of the trip?

An organizational kickoff meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for South Africa and on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for all other destinations. This will allow students the opportunity to get to know each other. A separate pre-departure orientation, required for all participants, will be scheduled. This may be a daytime Friday session which will last no longer than two hours.

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.

I don’t have a passport yet. How do I get one?

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.

Why should I consider a pre-trip?

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.

In summer 2014, the China trip will offer a special one-day post-trip. This excursion will allow students the opportunity to explore Suzhou and Tongli, two cities outside of Shanghai. The administrative fee for this option is $35. Additional information is available on the China trip page.

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