Semester, Summer & Year Programs

View of a student on a Study Abroad trip to Guatemala


Exchange programs allow MU students to travel to our exchange partner universities for a semester while still paying MU tuition and retaining the majority of their financial aid/scholarships. Students pay the host institution’s room and board. MU has the following Exchange programs:

  • Irish American Scholars Program: How about spending a semester or two semesters studying at a university in Northern Ireland? The Irish-American Scholars Program is sponsored by The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Catholic Church in cooperation with the Business Education Initiative (BEI) in Northern Ireland, the government of Northern Ireland, and several Irish colleges and universities.One goal of the program is “to replace division with unity in a common goal of international business success.” Graduates of the program are better qualified to contribute in an international market place and to explore new Northern Ireland/United States partnerships and commercial opportunities.There are five excellent colleges and universities in Northern Ireland to choose from:Belfast Institution of Further and Higher Education
    Queens University
    St. Mary’s University College
    Stranmillis University College
    University of UlsterLength of program: Late August to December or late January to mid-May
    Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors with a GPA of 3.2
    Annual Deadline is February 1st
  • CONAHEC (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration) Student Exchange Program covers all academic disciplines as well as options for students interested in academic coursework and on-the-job training and/or experiential education abroad. Exchanges are available in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Mexico, Spain, and South Korea.  See our equivalency chart with Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea for information on courses taken there that transfer to Methodist University.
  • Thammasat University located in Bangkok, Thailand: A new exchange agreement was signed in May 2016. Classes are in English.

Third-Party Providers

Third Party Providers allow MU students to study abroad on various types of programs ranging from short term programs to an academic semester or an academic year including internships and volunteer work. Many of these programs can be customized to your major or particular area of research. Usually with a third party provider, more classes are offered in English and additional support is given to participants. The difference between Third Party Providers and Exchange Programs is that with a Third Party Provider students do not pay MU tuition and fees. Students pay their host institution tuition and fees as well as their room and board. Since students do not pay MU tuition, they will not be able to use their institutional aid (if applicable) during their study abroad. However, the usage of other financial aid, such as federal aid, is transferable. In addition, third party providers offer financial support, various discounts, and scholarships for their specific programs. Countless programs exist and a few programs our students have used and highly recommend are:

  • USAC
    Use this search engine to look for your major or a specific area of study.
    Destinations: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
  • Sol Education Abroad
    Destinations: Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Spain.
  • CISAbroad
    Destinations: Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Multi-Country, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand.

For more information about any type of study abroad program and financial support, please email