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Implementing the vision of globalization at Missouri State


Back to back league champions

The LNU-MSU College of International Business Lady Bears took home the Laioning Normal University intramural basketball title for the second year running this spring.

Sister Cities students to host ArtWalk

High school students from Isesaki, Japan will host a Japanese culture festival at the Morris Center for First Friday ArtWalk June 2.

Register kids for summer language and culture camps

Youth ages 10-14 will study language and culture this summer at the Foreign Language Institute. Featured languages include French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

CELTA program offered at Missouri State

Online and summer sessions available at a discount for Missouri State students, faculty, and staff.

Upcoming events


May 30 - June 26


May 30 - June 1

Office 365 Education Fundamentals Training

June 1 • 10-11:30 a.m.

First Friday ArtWalk at the Morris Center: Japan Night

June 2 • 6:30-8 p.m.

ELI-EAP Summer 2017 Orientation

June 7-9 • 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Blackboard Learn: Jumpstart - White Belt Level Training

June 12 • 10-11 a.m.

Web Press Training

June 13 • 2-4 p.m.

latest news

study away faculty recognized at may 2 faculty reception

The Study Away Advisory Committee created the Award for Excellence in Study Away Programming in 2012 to recognize Missouri State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The award categories are Cultural Competence and Community Engagement. The Cultural Competence category recognizes faculty members whose programs directly address the recognition and respect of multiple perspectives and cultures. The Community Engagement category recognizes faculty members whose programs enable students to participate in an organized service activity that meets reciprocally identified community needs. Each recipient receives $1,500 in professional development funds and a trophy.
Melanie Dreyer-Lude
Theatre and Dance Community Engagement
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Kent Ragan
Finance & General Business
Cultural Competence
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2017 Global Agriculture Initiative

Veterinary medicine and agronomy students from Missouri State's Brazilian partner institution, UniCesumar, visited Missouri State in May as part of a program led by the International Leadership and Training Center, Study Away, and College of Agriculture. Students from Brazil joined Missouri State agriculture students in coursework and practical training in Missouri. Following their studies in Springfield, Missouri State agriculture students joined UniCesumar students in Maringá, Brazil for similar courses and training in Brazil's agricultural techniques.
UniCesumar Agriculture students' obligatory PSU Bear photo. 

International Services New Old Team Member

Jorge Reyes Sam, former student employee and graduate assistant of International Services, joined the staff as a full-time member this spring. Jorge began his journey at Missouri State seven years ago, traveling from Peru to study at the English Language Institute. He went on to complete two master's degrees, in Business Administration and Project Management. After working in different industries in Peru and the United States, Jorge realized his passion was in helping other international students acheive their dreams. His favorite quote is fitting, "What if everything goes right?" Welcome, Jorge!
Jorge Reyes Sam
International Enrollment Coordinator

Congratulations to #InternationalBears Graduates

Missouri State Springfield graduates celebrated commencement May 19 in three ceremonies. LNU-MSU College of International Business graduates celebrated commencement May 25 in Dalian, China.
Hats off to all our graduates!


Dandan Liu, Office of China Programs, and Patrick Parnell, Office of International Services, were honored at the May Board of Governors meeting for their service at Missouri State as it relates to the University's Public Affairs mission.

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looking ahead

English Language Institute to offer new skills support courses

The English Language Institute will offer skills support courses for Missouri State University students who would benefit from specific instruction and guided practice to improve reading strategies and writing skills for success in academic courses. These non-credit courses will be available in Fall 2017.

These new courses come in the ELI's 22nd year of providing English language learners with skills for academic and career success. A snapshot of the past 10 years shows that close to 2,000 students have studied in the ELI's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, with 74% matriculating to Missouri State following program completion. While many of these students are still in the process of earning degrees, 103 EAP graduates have completed a bachelor's degree with an average GPA of 3.05 and 158 EAP graduates have completed a master's degree with an average GPA of 3.52. We're proud of these students' success!

New courses for current Missouri State students.
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New student organization encourages language learners

Students interested in learning Portuguese and about the cultures that speak the language should check out Portuguese Club, an organization founded at Missouri State this spring.

CSLP Training

The Chinese Student Leadership Program welcomes a new group of student leaders this summer. CSLP members must complete vigorous training each summer to prepare to greet incoming students each fall. These students serve as mentors for new students and help plan programs to help Chinese students get involved on campus and in the Springfield community.
Congratulations to Daniela and Patrick in being recognized for @MissouriState Service in Public Affairs. @MoStateGlobal @A_D_Kunkel

Student Spotlight - Yuxin Zhao

Major: Music - Viola Performance
Hometown: Qingdao, China
Missouri State's partnership with Qingdao University first led Yuxin Zhao to Missouri State University. A plan to spend a year studying in the States became the path to a second master’s degree after she fell in love with Missouri State University and Springfield, Missouri.
Zhao completed her bachelor's degree in music at Ocean University of China. Her love of the viola led her to Qingdao University, where she earned her first master's degree in music.
Zhao is active on campus at Missouri State. As a member of the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra, she shares her love and talent in music with audiences at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Her involvement in Missouri State’s program also led to her being "on-call" with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
For Zhao, music isn't only practicing. She believes musicians must understand the background and story of the piece you're playing so you can tell that story to your audience through your instrument.
Outside of music, Zhao is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. She also works to help other international students as a member of the English Language Institute Special Programs student staff.
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