** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Short Term Faculty Directed
Area of Study:
Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Religious Studies (REL)
The purpose of this program is to expand MSU’s Vision Screening project to another school in Haiti (we began the project in Haiti last Spring Break), to experience Haitian culture, to observe religion, to observe Haitian healthcare and to participate in global community engagement. We purpose to enable under-served (or not served at all) Haitians to see more clearly and to enable students to more clearly see the status of a developing country, needs of others and their own ability to make a difference.
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
BMS 300 (Service Learning) (1)
IDS 297 (3)
BMS 497 (1-3)
REL 399 (2-3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 4
Department of Religious Studies
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Weekly Team Meetings
Fly or take a bus from Port au Prince to Port de Paix, Haiti
Check in to hotel, begin to get acclimated to the community where we will be all week.
Observe Haitian Church Service, Orientation, Hiking, set up for screening vision and fitting glasses
Morning: Screening vision and fitting for glasses.
Tour Residence Hospital, Tour Downtown Port de Paix, Visit Student's Home and Family, Opportunity to Tour One Hospital and Possibly Shadow Haitian Doctors or Nurses.
Possible Afternoon Activities:
Monday- Tour of downtown market, Port de Paix sites.
Tuesday- Tour government hospital; Haitian History presentation
Wednesday- Visit residential medical facility for children, tour a hospital/clinic
Evening: Team thoughts
Boat ride to La Tortue Island, swim, eat, hike, beach for the day
Finish up any screening or fitting loose ends.
Bus Ride From Port au Prince to Port de Paix, Depart Haiti to Florida
Depart Florida for Springfield
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.
The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!
Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students. Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.
Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad. Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.
Billing & Procedures
Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline. This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee.
The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.