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Implementing the vision of globalization at Missouri State


International victories at the STAR Awards

Congratulations to Association of International Students (AIS), winners of Outstanding Diversity Development Program and Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Program for their annual banquet; Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA), Outstanding Collaborative Program and Outstanding Social and Entertainment Program, their first ever recognition at the STAR Awards; and Shadeed Khan, Outstanding Graduate Student, for earning recognition at the Student Talent and Recognition Awards April 24.

Student employee of the year nominee

Paula Rivero Ramirez, International Programs student graphic designer, was honored during Student Employment Week 2017.

Cambridge English certificate program

Missouri State is one of only 25 centers in the U.S. to offer CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).



upcoming events


International Programs/Study Away Faculty Reception

May 1 • 3 p.m.


Optional Practical Training Workshop

May 2 • 2 p.m.


Nuts & Bolts of Studying Away

May 3 • 12:30 p.m.


Change of Level Workshop

May 4 • 3 p.m.


First Friday ArtWalk at the Morris Center

May 5 • 6 p.m.


African Cocktail Gala

May 6 • 6 p.m.


Study Day

May 12 • All day


Spring Commencement

May 19 • All day


MarooNation - Beijing

May 28 • 1 p.m.


Memorial Day

May 29 • All day



May 30 - June 26

Latest News
Community Language Open House

The Foreign Language Institute (FLI) and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) hosted the first Community Language Open House on Friday, April 21 where prospective language learners were able to attend two 20-minute lessons free of charge to try out languages, instructors, methodologies, and classes.

Over 80 guests visited the Jim D. Morris Center along with student club representatives, department representatives, and 15 instructors who offered Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, French, Latin, and Greek lessons, all available at Missouri State.

"Both the Foreign Language Institute and the Modern and Classical Languages Department believe that language learning can increase cultural competence and create more global ambassadors at Missouri State University and in the Springfield community," said Kelly Schlinder, director of the FLI.

Future Community Language Open Houses will continue to promote cultural and language awareness and course enrollments.
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Study Away recognized by IIE
Missouri State was listed as #18 in the 2015-16 Institute of International Education Open Doors Report for short-term programming in U.S. institutions. A copy of the report is available in Study Away and International Services. Data for 2015/16 is not yet available online.
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looking ahead
United nations Global Goals Focus of sister city summer Program

From May 27 to June 5, 120 students and 13 staff members from Yotsuba School in Isesaki, Japan will be attending the Isesaki Global Leadership Academy at Missouri State University. The Japanese junior high school students will learn about the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and see how Springfield deals with problems of poverty, health, education, and environmental concerns.

The program includes workshops to learn about several of the UN Goals and visit local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Springfield Public Schools, the Watershed Center, and others. Participants will also visit a retirement community, spend a day with a Springfield family, visit Silver Dollar City, and host a Japanese Culture Festival June 2 at the Jim D. Morris Center for First FridayWalk. The event is free and open to the community.

"They are only here for ten days, but their spoken English fluency and their confidence to speak improves dramatically as a result of being completely immersed on the language. In addition, the lessons they have studied related to the Global Goals back in Japan come alive when they engage in interactive workshops and visit organizations. Experiential learning stays with them. They go home with a sense of achievement that leads them on to greater success afterward," said Paula Moore, Director of ELI Special Programs.

Isesaki, Japan and Tlaquepaque, Mexico are Springfield's international sister cities. Springfield's relationship with Isesaki began in 1986 with mutual education and exchange programs.

Get Involved Community members have an opportunity to sign up as a "host" family for one day so students can learn more about our community and practice their language skills in an authentic environment. Many past hosts note that they learned more from their students and continue to stay in touch.

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Study Away Faculty programs depart in may
15 faculty-directed programs to Asia; Central, North, and South America; and Europe depart in May for short-term study abroad programs.
Sign up for FLI Youth Camps
Youth ages 10-14 will have the opportunity to study language and culture at the Foreign Language Institute this summer. Featured languages include French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
new partner university set to welcome students
A partnership with Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara will pay off for two Missouri State students this summer. The students will study intensive Spanish along with cultural courses during their summer program.

Missouri State recognizes the difficulties faced by international students preparing to study in the U.S., especially financial considerations of physically relocating to study abroad. As a result, the Master of Professional Studies-MPS is now offered entirely in Brazil in partnership with Unicesumar.

After managing the higher education regulations involved in offering non-traditional programs, a Missouri State delegation traveled to Maringa, Brazil to initiate the first cohort of 26 participants. The 2-3 year program, started in spring 2017, includes face-to-face courses that are taught in Brazil by Missouri State and Unicesumar faculty, and online courses that are offered and administered by Missouri State. The courses taught by Missouri State faculty in Brazil are taught in English with simultaneous translation and the courses taught by Unicesumar faculty are taught in Portuguese and approved and supported by Missouri State.

"The whole idea of the program is to take education where students need it. We would not have these students if we hadn't developed this program. Our goal is to make our program as accessible as possible while maintaining academic rigor necessary for regulatory agencies and the integrity of the program," said Dr. Jerry Masterson, Director of the MPS program.

The students are expected to finalize a thesis or a project and travel to Missouri State to present their final projects during the Graduate College Forum in the month of May. They are also encouraged to walk at the Commencement Ceremony in the spring, if their financial situation allows.

Similar partnerships are being explored in other countries to facilitate access to higher education for international students.

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What a talented, professional n energetic group! Look forward to working with these students in #2017ChineseStudentLeadershipProgram #CSLP @MSUPengZhang
Student Spotlight - Junyu Sun
Year: Senior
Major: Marketing Management
Hobbies: Reading, Sports
Hometown: Dalian, China
Junyu's Mission: My mission is to bridge the gap between Chinese and American culture on campus with my team after being president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) for one year. Now, our team aims to make every activity be best one yet. I’m honored to be nominated for the Outstanding Senior Award this year, but I’m even more excited that CSSA won two awards. I believe that this is just the beginning for CSSA bright future!
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