Deadlines & How to Apply

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How to Apply

Apply on our online system, Horizons before the deadline listed below.

Please take a look around Horizons to familiarize yourself with what programs we are offering.  If you have any questions, contact the study abroad office at msu.studyabroad@murraystate.edu or by phone at (270) 809-2277.  When you have decided which program you are interested in, register on Horizons and click “Apply.”  You will only need to register and apply once per program.  The scholarship application is also on the Horizons system, and you will have access to it once you have completed the application for your program.

What you'll need to apply

  • MSU Education Abroad Application
  • Education Abroad Budget Sheet
  • $100 Non-refundable Application Fee (must be paid online on Horizons application via credit or debit card)
  • Unofficial MSU Transcript from myGate - you can download this from the Academics tab.
  • Personal Statement Uploaded into Horizons.
    • In a well-written and well-thought-out essay, discuss the following topics.  Research will be required to answer some of the questions. 500 word maximum.
    • Why do you want to study abroad?
    • Why have you selected this particular education abroad program and course(s)?
    • In preparing for this program, discuss what have you learned about the country or countries in which you'll be studying abroad.
    • Explain the importance of your major and/or the field you'll be studying in today's society in your education abroad program's location.
  • Student Goals Essay Uploaded into Horizons.
    • Please describe in detail your personal, academic, professional, and cultural goals for your education abroad experience and the steps you plan to take to achieve those goals.  Use complete sentences and structure as an essay.  500 word maximum.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an MSU faculty member, requested through the Horizons system - for exchange/semester programs.
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • If you are applying to a program hosted by one of our providers (CCSA, KIIS, ISA, CEA, Lorenzo de Medici, IBS, etc.) or an exchange partner, you will complete a second application.  See Horizons for more details.
  • TIP: you do NOT have to have a passport at the time you apply

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Acceptance to the program

After you have completed the online study abroad application through Horizons, you'll be notified via email of your acceptance to the program and the next steps of the application to be completed. After acceptance, you will have several weeks to compile the list below.  Items turned in after the Post-Acceptance deadline will incur a hold on your MSU account. 

Please remember that MSU application approval may not indicate approval with your third-party provider (CCSA, KIIS, ISA, CEA, Lorenzo de Medici, IBS, etc.)

After you have been accepted to your program, you'll upload to Horizons:

  • Digital photo of your face for emergencies
  • Copy of your passport
  • Insurance Enrollment (You must do this for yourself online and upload a copy of your card to the Horizons system)
  • Emergency medical information
  • Flight itinerary

Eligibility Requirements

 See the Policies and Procedures Page for complete eligibility requirements and the full selection process.

In general, there is no set GPA requirement for most study abroad programs, though some programs and providers may set their own minimum GPA.  Students must be in Good Academic Standing at the time of their application to be considered.

Students with a disciplinary history from MSU or another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Students must be 18 years old & up.

Students must have successfully completed at least one semester on campus before being fully admitted to a study abroad program.  Students can apply for a study abroad program before completing a full semester, but they will be conditionally admitted to the program pending their grade report from the first semester.

 

 Important Dates and Deadlines 

Click the term when your program will take place.

 Winter 2016

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline
September 23, 2016

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
October 21, 2016

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure.

Orientation
Friday, November 18, 2016, 4:30 pm, Alexander Hall

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad.  Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: November 11, 2016 for Winter Programs

 

 Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Spring Break 2017

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline
October 14, 2016

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
December 4, 2016

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure.

Orientation
Friday, March 3, 2017, 4:30 pm, Location TBA

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad.  Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: February 24, 2017 for Spring Break Programs

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Spring Semester 2017

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline
September 23, 2016

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
October 21, 2016

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. e. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure

Orientation
Friday, November 18, 2016, 4:30 pm, Alexander Hall

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad. Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: November 11, 2016 for Spring semester  Programs

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Summer 2017, Fall Semester 2017, & Full Year 2017-2018

Early Application Deadline for Summer MSU programs: December 1

Apply and get conditionally approved early! Please note: this is only the program application. Scholarship applications are still due on the regular deadline below.

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline for Summer, Fall, and Full Year: February 3, 2017

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
March 3, 2017

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure.

Orientation
Friday, April 21, 2017, 4:30 pm, Location TBD

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad. Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: April 14, 2017 for Summer, Fall, and Full Year Programs

 

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

 Winter 2017

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline
September 22, 2017

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
October 20, 2017

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure

Orientation
Friday, November 17, 2017, 4:30 pm, Alexander Hall

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad.  Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: November 10, 2017 for Winter Programs

 

 Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Spring Break 2018

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline
October 13, 2017

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
November 10, 2017

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure

Orientation
Friday, March 2, 2018, 4:30 pm, Location TBA

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad.  Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: February 23, 2018 for Spring Break Programs

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Spring Semester 2018

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline
September 22, 2017

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
October 20, 2017

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure

Orientation
Friday, November 17, 2017, 4:30 pm, Alexander Hall

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad.  Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: November 10, 2017  for Spring semester  Programs

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Summer 2018, Fall Semester 2018, & Full Year 2018-2019

Early Application Deadline for Summer MSU programs: December 1, 2017

Apply and get conditionally approved early!

Early Application Deadline for Regensburg Fall Program: December 2, 2017

Apply and get $50 discount!

Application, Scholarship, and Withdrawal Deadline for Summer, Fall, and Full Year: February 2, 2018

The Scholarship Application can be completed on the Horizons system after your program application is complete.  Click this link for more information on scholarship availability and eligibility requirements.

The Withdrawal Deadline gives participants the opportunity to withdraw the study abroad application before any money has been spent by Murray State to reserve airline tickets, accommodations, and other necessary logistics.  If a participant knows they will not be able to participate in the program for any reason (financial, academic, personal, etc.) they should withdraw by the withdrawal deadline in order to avoid incurring any charges to their MSU account.  Please see the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures for the complete withdrawal policy.

 

Post-Acceptance Deadline
March 2, 2018

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including uploading a photo, emergency medical information, course registration, additional post-acceptance and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your MyGate account. Flight information and passport upload, if unavailable,  are the only items that can remain incomplete by this date. 

 

Non-Compliance Fee

 

A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged to student accounts for any outstanding Horizon's post-acceptance items the Monday after orientation, not including flight and passport information.


A non-refundable $250 non-compliance fee will be charged for outstanding passport and flight information 30 days prior to program departure

Orientation
Friday, April 6, 2018, 4:30 pm, Location TBD

There is a mandatory pre-departure orientation for all study abroad programs.  The date of your mandatory orientation corresponds to the term you are studying abroad.  Parents and loved ones are encouraged to attend orientation with their student participants.

A part of orientation will be online through the Canvas system.  You will receive more details about the online orientation in the email that states you have been approved for your program.  Canvas orientation deadline: March 30, 2018 for Summer, Fall, and Full Year Programs

 

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.