Exchange Students

Incoming Exchange Students…Welcome to UMKC!

UMKC’s Study Abroad and Global Engagement (SAGE) welcomes you to UMKC and Kansas City. SAGE works with incoming students studying at UMKC for a semester or year from our current Exchange Partner Universities. We are here to help you meet your academic goals and get settled in your new home.

About Kansas City

Kansas City is a major metropolitan area of about 2 million people and home to one of the fastest growing job markets in the Midwest and several Fortune 500 companies. The city is well known for its contributions to the musical styles of jazz and blues as well as to cuisine, notably Kansas City-style barbecue.

About UMKC

At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an entire city is your campus, stretching your academic and personal pursuits beyond the norm of typical universities. A part of Kansas City’s thriving urban core, UMKC brings together its students and the city it calls home. Not only does UMKC offer an amazing educational experience with top-notch faculty and skills that go directly from the classroom to the real world, but also the convenience of big city living without the outrageous price tag.

Exchange Partners

UMKC currently has reciprocal student exchange agreements with over  30 universities abroad and belongs to the Mid America Universities International (MAUI) – Utrecht student exchange consortium. Students must be enrolled at an exchange partner university and be nominated to be eligible to study at UMKC.


Degree-seeking international students should refer to the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) for information related to studying at UMKC. The information below applies to students participating in a one or two semester reciprocal exchange program between UMKC and their home university, which is currently a UMKC partner.

Application Process

Application Steps for UMKC Exchange Program: New for 2021-22

  1. All incoming exchange students must FIRST be nominated by their home university.
  2. Nominated students must apply through the SAGE Globetrotter online application portal. Click the “Apply Now” button located at the top of this page.
  3. Create an account using the User Identification Wizard. Make note of your username and password so you can go back in and add items to your application.
  4. Choose the term when you wish to attend UMKC.
  5. Complete all Signature Document(s). On right, click on the title of each signature document for more details. Carefully read and digitally sign these documents. A check mark will appear next to each complete item.
  6. Complete Application Questionnaires. Click on the title of each Application Questionnaire for more details. A check mark will appear next to each complete item.
  7. Complete all Required Readings. Click the title of each Required Reading for more details.
  8. Your program application is complete once a check mark appears next to each application item.
  9. All new international students are charged $100 for our online partner exchange application. Additional fees include an $80 charge per semester fee from the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO), as well as the UMKC required health insurance. The ISAO and health insurance charges will appear on your student Pathway account (UMKC course and billing account) once you arrive in Kansas City and are enrolled in classes.
  10. Email Kate Wozniak to indicate you have started the application process.

Health Insurance

All exchange students will be charged for UMKC International Student Health Insurance. UMKC does not accept health insurance from other countries. The cost of the mandatory health insurance is approximately … for fall semester and …. for spring. For a full academic year (Aug-July), insurance is approximately $… per student. This fee will be placed on your student Pathway UMKC billing account.

Volker Campus Housing

UMKC Residential Life offers housing on the Volker Campus providing students a place to meet and hang out with other students and be close to campus and the city. Exchange students typically choose to live in an on campus residence hall.

UMKC Volker Campus Housing

We recommend making on-campus housing reservations before coming to Kansas City. Most exchange students choose to live on the Volker Campus, because of the close proximity to classes, the international offices, and the opportunity to meet American students. Please visit the UMKC Residential Life website to learn more about Volker Campus housing options. We have places reserved especially for exchange students in either Johnson Hall or Oak Street Hall. Both Johnson and Oak Street require students to purchase a meal plan.

Students must sign a rental agreement and submit it through the SAGE online application portal, along with other application materials (do not apply online at housing website).

While admission to the university does not guarantee that students will receive university housing. Turning all application materials in on time will help us find you a place.

Off Campus Housing

UMKC does not provide any assistance in obtaining non-university housing. While there are some off campus housing options near campus — furnished, short-term housing can be very difficult do find in the U.S.. Kansas City pubic transportation is not ideal for international exchange students living miles away, without a vehicle.

Please note: Students are not required to live on campus. You are responsible for arranging your own off campus housing. UMKC is not responsible for your housing location or situation. We recommend you live on the Volker Campus but either way you should have your housing completely situated before arriving in Kansas City. If you plan to live off campus, you may need to stay in a hotel before arrangements are finalized. Many hotels offer a reduced rate if students mention they are associated with UMKC (for approximately $100/night plus tax).

Arrival Requirements

All incoming exchange students should plan to arrive in Kansas City the Monday prior to courses starting.

  • Fall 2021 Students should arrive in Kansas City by Monday 16 August in order to attend the mandatory orientation, settle into housing, meet with academic advisors, and register for classes.
  • Spring 2022 Students should arrive in Kansas City by Monday 17 January in order to attend the mandatory orientation, settle into housing, meet with academic advisors, and register for classes.

    Arrival, Check-in, and Orientation

    All incoming UMKC exchange students at are required to schedule a Check-in Session upon arrival. Once admitted, you will automatically receive information about the mandatory Welcome Orientation. The UMKC orientation provides students with a valuable introduction to UMKC and Kansas City. The Welcome Orientation and Check-in Session are MANDATORY and students will not be able to register for classes until they have completed both.