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Miami Credit Programs

Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs

The majority of Miami students who study abroad participate in faculty-led programs. These programs consist of Miami faculty members accompanying a group of students abroad or to locations within the US, typically during the summer and winter terms.

  • Students take Miami University courses, so there is no transfer credit process, and grades apply to the overall Miami GPA.
  • Many programs include major or minor courses, or students can choose to use the credit towards Global Miami Plan requirements.
  • Students will pay tuition and fees to Miami based on residency as if they were at the Oxford campus, and a supplemental program fee is also charged to cover expenses such as housing (cost and inclusions vary across programs).
  • Federal financial aid, Miami scholarships, and tuition waivers may apply.

Faculty-led programs are good for students who want to…

  • Enjoy the comfort of being with a Miami group
  • Take classes with Miami professors and earn Miami credit
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use available Miami scholarships
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
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Miami University's Luxembourg Program (MUDEC)

Founded in 1968, MUDEC is one of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs. Up to 130 students are accepted into the program each semester and up to 35 are accepted each summer, making it the single most popular program at Miami.

  • Students enroll in Miami classes taught by both European and Ohio-based Miami faculty.
  • Students can choose from a variety of classes, including thematic sequences and some Global Miami Plan foundation courses.
  • Students who participate in MUDEC pay Miami University for tuition, fees, housing and meals.

MUDEC is a good choice for students who want to…

  • Enjoy the comfort of being with a Miami group
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use available Miami scholarships
  • Be immersed in the culture through community engagement
  • Live with European hosts
  • Be a part of a long-standing Miami tradition!

MiamiConnects Virtual Global Learning

MiamiConnects offers fully collaborative and online workshops that allow you to engage with different kinds of communities, providing a deep dive into another culture.

  • There are no academic or disciplinary prerequisites to apply.
  • All MiamiConnects workshops meet the same Global Perspectives Miami Plan requirements as our travel workshops abroad.
  • Participation costs are minimal.

Miami Connects is a good choice for students who want to…

  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses
  • Pay Miami tuition, and use regular Miami scholarships
  • Engage with another culture but avoid the costs of travel
  • Experience Miami's international learning options even if they've had a setback or missed the chance to study abroad

In short, MiamiConnects programming opens up the world for all students and provides an equitable form of international learning.

Transfer-Credit Programs

Exchange Programs

Exchanges are a traditional way to study abroad. Miami students will exchange places with a student from another country, who will come to Miami when the Miami student goes abroad. On an exchange program, students pay Miami tuition and fees. In some cases, students pay Miami's room and board costs, and in other cases they pay room and/or board costs directly to their host university. All scholarships and financial aid apply, including Dependent Tuition Waivers, and study abroad scholarships specifically for exchange programs exist.

  • On an exchange program, Miami students are typically in the classroom alongside students from that university and will earn transfer credit that can apply to Miami degree requirements.
  • In many cases, classes will be in the host language, although there are an increasing number of classes offered in English.
  • Students participating in exchange programs must be prepared to be independent and responsible for themselves as exchange programs generally provide a very immersive experience.

Exchange programs are good for students who want to…

  • Be abroad for at least a semester, perhaps a full year
  • Be more independent
  • Take classes with local students, either in English or in a foreign language
  • Be immersed in a local culture

FSB Semesters

FSB Semesters are a unique study abroad option mostly open to Miami’s business students. If you are a non-business student, please check with the FSB Global Studies Office about eligibility. On FSB Semesters, students will be signed up for pre-approved FSB courses for easy transfer credit along with other course options. Students pay Miami tuition and a set program fee. All scholarships and financial aid apply, and FSB students will automatically be considered for additional study abroad scholarships.

FSB uses in-country providers to host Miami students abroad. These organizations tend to provide American-style support services, arrange housing, and facilitate course offerings and registration. In most cases, they will also arrange excursions, international health insurance, and cultural events.

  • On an FSB Semester, Miami students are typically in a blend of local courses and study center courses and will earn transfer credits that can apply to FSB majors/minors along with courses for most other majors and Miami degree requirements.
  • In most cases, classes will be in English, although there might be required host language courses.
  • Students participating in a FSB Semester must be prepared to be independent and responsible for themselves as courses, especially at local universities, can be challenging with high expectations of international students.

FSB Semesters are good for students who want to…

  • Take pre-approved transfer credit courses for equivalent FSB courses.
  • Take classes with local students, either in English or in a foreign language.
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses.
  • Be immersed in a local culture while having the support of onsite staff.

Co-Sponsored Semesters

Co-Sponsored semesters are a great study abroad option open to all Miami students. On Co-Sponsored semesters, students pay Miami tuition and a set program fee which allows students to use their normal Miami scholarship like they were on campus. All scholarships and financial aid apply and additional study abroad scholarships exist.

Co-Sponsored semesters use in-country providers to host Miami students abroad. These organizations tend to provide American-style support services, arrange housing, and facilitate course offerings and registration. In most cases, they will also arrange excursions, international health insurance, and cultural events.

  • On Co-Sponsored semesters, Miami students are typically in a blend of local courses and study center courses and will earn transfer credits that can apply to majors/minors along with Global Miami Plan, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses. Pre-Approval from academic departments will be needed
  • In most cases, classes will be in English, although there might be required host language courses. Target language acquisition programs also exist.
  • Students participating in Co-Sponsored semesters must be prepared to be independent and responsible for themselves as courses, especially at local universities, can be challenging with high expectations of international students.

Co-Sponsored semesters are good for students who want to...

  • Share their education abroad experience with non-Miami students.
  • Use their Miami scholarships outside of our Luxembourg campus.
  • Fulfill Global Miami Plan requirements, including Global Perspectives, Thematic Sequence, and Foundation courses.
  • Be immersed in a local culture while having the support of onsite staff.

Approved Programs

Miami University recognizes that students have different interests and needs outside of our extensive Miami offerings. There are many universities and independent organizations that develop diverse study abroad programs and recruit students from across the United States and the world. These organizations tend to provide American-style support services, arrange housing, and facilitate course offerings and registration. In most cases, they will also arrange excursions, international health insurance, and cultural events. A flat 'program fee' is charged to all students participating in that program and the rate is set by that program provider. Miami scholarships cannot be used on Approved programs, though federal and non-Miami funding may apply.

The credit earned through these programs listed on our website come from accredited institutions and can transfer back to Miami. However, students will be responsible for getting the credit pre-approved towards specific degree requirements. In some cases, courses are taken at study centers with other study abroad students, and in others, courses are offered at local universities with local students.

Approved programs are good for students who want to…

  • Have unique experiences outside of the Miami-sponsored programs.
  • Explore courses or locations not offered by other options.
  • Share their education abroad experience with non-Miami students.
  • Be exposed to international living while having the support of administrative staff.
If you are applying to an Exchange or Approved program, you must apply to the exchange school or program provider in addition to your Miami application. If you are applying to a Co-Sponsored semester, it may be necessary, depending on the program.
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Funding Overview

Program Type Credit Cost Federal Aid may apply Miami scholarships may apply
MUDEC
(Luxembourg)
Miami Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Faculty-led Miami Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
FSB Semesters Transfer Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Co-Sponsored Transfer Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Exchange Transfer Miami tuition/fees Yes Yes
Approved Transfer Program fees Yes No

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Set Your Goals Before Choosing a Program

Goal: Engaging with locals

Consider this...

One of the most rewarding parts of study abroad are the interactions you will have with local people. But you might also find it challenging to meet these individuals and interact with them in personal and meaningful ways. Many study abroad students expect that their integration into the host culture will be seamless but in reality, meeting people and getting past “hello” is more difficult than we anticipate, especially when we are abroad for just a few weeks or months.

Tips:

  • Volunteer in your community
  • Do what the locals do – find out about weekly events or activities
  • Play a pick-up game in the park or on the court
  • Establish a routine and talk to the baker, the barista, or the person on the bus you see everyday

Goal: Professional Development

Consider this...

Study abroad is known to cultivate personal growth and enhance academic knowledge. But study abroad can also help you gain skills that will be attractive to employers.

Tips:

  • Choose a challenging program that will push you to develop skills like critical thinking, communication, and teamwork
  • Set up informal coffee meetings with professionals in your field
  • Look for learning opportunities that will turn into stories you will talk about in future interviews
  • Improve your language skills
  • Seek out volunteer and internship opportunities to gain practical experience

Goal: Language Acquisition

Consider this...

Some students use study abroad as a way to enhance their language skills. While some languages have direct professional benefits, like Chinese or Spanish, learning any language demonstrates that you are being respectful of your host country and culture. Note: You do not have to already possess foreign language skills to study abroad.

Tips:

  • Stay with a host family
  • Take a language class
  • Find a speaking partner
  • Interact with locals
  • Advanced language learners can enroll in academic courses taught in the local language

Goal: Developing Independence

Consider this...

You’ve already taken a step toward becoming more independent by coming to college. After college, you’ll get a job and live on your own in a new city; studying abroad is a great way to prove to yourself you’re ready to successfully take on that challenge.

Tips:

  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Take the initiative to plan a weekend trip
  • Get out of the “bubble” of your friend group
  • Experience new food, a new language, new technology, and new forms of transportation
  • Academic Environment Abroad