Methodist International Student Exchange Network
What is MISEN?
MISEN (the Methodist Institution Student Exchange Network) connects participating institutions in the Methodist tradition, allowing their students to study at an institution in another country and receive academic credit at their own institution. Under the umbrella of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU), MISEN will facilitate the international awareness of students in all participating institutions.
Following in the Methodist tradition, MISEN will challenge, inspire, and support our students as individuals to grow intellectually, personally and spiritually, and achieve their best. The MISEN study abroad will contribute to the promotion of social justice and to counter prejudice and intolerance in whatever form that takes by encouraging mutual respect and understanding.
Studying abroad at participating institutions in the Methodist tradition will prepare our students to be responsible citizens and leaders in a fast-changing and complex world, respecting not only the value of cultural diversity but also our common humanity. We are committed to serving the needs of the local community in which the educational institution is situated, whilst also generating an understanding of the concept of service to all communities, national and international.
Why Study Abroad through MISEN?
- Study abroad offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture and earn academic credits at the same time;
- The MISEN school agreement allows you to pay tuition at your home institution while earning credit abroad, so you can still use your financial aid towards the tuition you will pay to your home institution;
- Improve your foreign language skills while seeing the world;
- In an increasingly globalized world, experience living overseas can be a valuable addition to your resume; and
- Local MISEN coordinators will work to make sure that you are welcomed into your host community
Study Abroad handbook. The Center for Global Education created an online handbook for students preparing to study abroad. This handbook will help students consider
Advice from the U.S. State Department for students preparing to go overseas.
Tips from the U.S. State Department for anyone considering international travel.
Health and Safety:
CDC country-specific health recommendations. Consulting this website and your local doctor will help you determine if you need any additional travel vaccinations.
The Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) allows students to register with the U.S. embassy in the country where you will be staying. In case of emergency or lost passport, the embassy will be able to assist you or your family.
Provides a list of foreign embassies in the United States.
Searching for airfare:
Students can consult travel agents or websites when deciding how to purchase a ticket. Online resources include:
Searchable websites with information on funding opportunities by region and subject.
For US students:
For international students:
Specific scholarships open to U.S. students or permanent residents:
The Gilman Scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Students can also receive a supplemental scholarship if they intend to pursue the study of a critical language: Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, a Turkic language, Persian, an Indic language, Korean, Russian, or Swahili.
The Boren Scholarship supports students interested in learning a critical language in non-traditional study abroad locations. Almost 60 critical languages qualify from all regions of the world, except Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The Freeman-Asia scholarship is open to US undergraduates who have little- to no- experience in Asia.
Each institution has different costs associated with tuition, fees, and lodging. Please check each individual institution's information section for relevant costs.
Costs borne by the student:
Tuition: to be paid at home institution
Housing: to be paid at the host institution
Meals: vary by location
Visa expenses: vary by location
Transportation: airfare, local transport, etc.
MISEN student fee: $300, due 6 weeks after acceptance at the host institution