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Global Mizzou

Hello from the Graduate School at the University of Missouri!

Some people refer to the university by our nicknames: "MU" or "Mizzou." Our colors are black and gold, and our mascot is the Bengal tiger. Mizzou has nearly 35,000 students and offers more than 320 degree and certificate programs. Learn more about Mizzou »


The University of Missouri is located in the middle of the United States, in friendly Columbia, Mo. You can drive to our university in about two hours from either St. Louis or Kansas City. The MU campus is next to downtown Columbia, so students can walk to shops, restaurants and places of worship. Learn more about Columbia »

Mizzou is a global university

The University of Missouri welcomes students, faculty, staff and scholars from all over the world and sends Tigers abroad every year. Facts about MU's global focus:

  • International students make up about 20 percent of Mizzou graduate-student enrollment and nearly 6 percent of total student enrollment. In fall 2012, MU welcomed 2,490 international students, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. Students came to MU from 109 different countries, with nearly half coming from China.
  • MU sends more students to study overseas than any other college or university in Missouri and offers over 300 study-abroad programs. A record 1,283 MU students studied abroad in 2011, placing MU among only 58 U.S. campuses nationwide to send more than 1,000 students abroad.
  • MU has formal agreements with more than 200 universities and government agencies around the world and welcomes an estimated 1,000 international visiting scholars and researchers each year.
  • Since 1998, 47 MU faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.

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MU International Center

The University of Missouri International Center is centrally located in Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus. The staff coordinates, supports and promotes the internationalization of the MU campus and provides professional and responsive service to MU students, scholars, faculty and staff. The center's goal is to not only strengthen and bridge international resources across the MU campus but also to engage the local and regional community in international education.

The International Center provides support services to international students and scholars who come to MU and helps the departments that host them. International Center staff can guide prospective and current international graduate students through the education at Mizzou.

Important information for international students

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Applying for admission

All MU graduate student applicants must apply to both a degree program and the Graduate School.


See the eligibility requirements and application process for international students.

International Teaching Assistant Program

Learn more about requirements and assistants for international student working as graduate assistants from ITAP.

MU International Center

Find information about visas, expenses, admissions, documents, travel and more from the International Center.

Fast Facts

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