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How to Apply

Apply on our online system, Horizons, any time day or night without the restriction of office hours and save planet earth as we go paperless. Thanks for your patience.

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 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.

Need General Questions Answered? Come on in!

Come to our office (179 Woods Hall) from 3pm to 4pm, Monday through Friday to talk to one of our student workers about general program questions, application questions, scholarships questions, or any other general questions you might have. 

Here's what you need to apply online:

  • MSU Study Abroad Application

  • $50 Application Fee (must be paid online on Horizons application via credit or debit card)

  • Unofficial MSU Transcript from myGate

  • Personal Statement Uploaded into Horizons.

    • This should address the following questions: Why did you choose this program?  What international travel/study experience have you had?  How will this program contribute to your professional and/or academic goals?  What do you expect to gain from your experience on this program?

  • Faculty Reference, requested through the Horizons system

  • Emergency Contact Information

  • If you are applying to a program hosted by one of our partners (CCSA, KIIS, GlobaLinks, CEA, Lorenzo de Medici), you will complete a second application with that provider.  See Horizons for more details.

After you have been accepted to your program:

  • Digital photo
  • 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





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 above.  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, GlobaLinks, CEA, Lorenzo de Medici).


Application Deadlines

Winter 2014-2015:

September 12, 2014

Spring 2015, Spring Break 2015:

October 17, 2014

Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Full Year 2015-2016:

January 30, 2015

Scholarships and Withdrawal Deadlines

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.

Winter 2014-2015:

September 12, 2014

Spring 2015, Spring Break 2015:

October 17, 2014

Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Full Year 2015-2016:

January 30, 2015

Post-Acceptance Deadlines

The Post-Acceptance Deadline is the date by which the final step of the Horizons application must be completed, including (but not limited to) uploading a photo, copy of your passport, flight itinerary, emergency medical information, and insurance card.  Any late items not on Horizons by this date will incur a hold on your account.

Winter 2014-15
October 10, 2014

Spring 2015
October 27, 2014

Spring Break 2015
November 14, 2014

Summer 2015, Fall 2015
March 6, 2015 


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.  See below for dates, locations, and times.  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.

Winter 2014-2015 & Spring Semester 2015 Programs

Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:30 pm, Alexander Hall

Spring Break 2015 Programs

Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:30 pm, Location TBA

Summer 2015, Fall Semester 2015, Full Year 2015-2016 Programs

Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:30 pm, Location TBA 

Times and locations are tentative and subject to change.