Short-Term Programs

An international experience in eight weeks or less. These programs are led by Missouri State faculty for Missouri State course credit, paying Missouri State tuition. 

A short-term faculty-directed (STFD) program is an academic international or domestic experience that is one to eight weeks in length. All STFDs include academic course work. Short-term faculty-directed programs must be approved through the program director’s dean, department head and Education Abroad Programs. The two components of a STFD is the Academic Proposal (which includes the Emergency Plan) and the Budget.

The primary role of a Education Abroad program director is to serve as professor and program director during the time that students are abroad. Such programs are, first and foremost, academic programs and, like their counterparts on campus, are intended to support the learning outcomes of the MSU student participant.

Why Choose an STFD Program:

  • 65% of Missouri State's Education Abroad participants go on short term programs
  • Short term programs are a great option for students who desire a study abroad experience, but lack the time or resources to dedicate to a longer program
  • They fulfill the Public Affairs requirement for Honors College students
  • They're great opportunities for personal and intellectual growth similar to semester or year-long study abroad programs

Programs are offered over the summer term, intersessions, and Spring Break. They are a great way to travel, make friends, and earn college credit.

Successful Education Abroad Proposals:


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In light of the global pandemic, Milana Hainline ventured out into Spain for the fall of 2021.