Missouri State University - West Plains

Experience China

About the Program

The Missouri State University Branch Campus is an educational cooperation project between Liaoning Normal University (LNU) and the Missouri State University System, which offers a curriculum leading to an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree, with an emphasis in business, through Missouri State University-West Plains. Selected Missouri State University-West Plains’ students will be eligible to spend one semester at the Branch Campus at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China.


  • Receive academic credit
  • Experience Chinese culture
  • Learn Chinese history
  • Study Chinese language
  • Scholarship/financial aid available
  • Opportunity to teach English
  • Increased awareness of China’s growing business relationship with the U.S.

Program Dates

The academic year in China begins in late August and ends in mid-July. Students may opt for a semester study or for the entire year. The fall semester begins mid-August and ends early January. The spring semester begins mid-February and ends early July.

Curriculum and Credit

Students participating in this program will be required to take a minimum of 9 semester hours of credit. Three of these hours will be MGT 299, three of the hours will be a class on Chinese language & culture, and three of these hours will be a class selected by the student from the regular Branch Campus offering. No previous Chinese language skills are required for taking these classes since they are taught in English.


Selected students will register in West Plains and pay fees for the courses they will take in China before they leave for the study abroad program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid or scholarship funds received through Missouri State University may be applied to this program. Please contact the financial aid office for further information.

Application Procedure

Submit a letter of application to the dean of academic affairs along with a non-refundable check for $75 made out to Missouri State University. The check will be used as a processing fee to obtain an international Student Identification Card. Included with the letter of application should be two letters of academic references and a statement of why the applicant wants to participate in this program.


  • Students studying in China and working at the Branch Campus will be provided an apartment at no cost and will be provided round-trip air fare from Springfield to China.
  • Paid internships are available.
  • Students will be expected to provide for their meals while in China. Apartments have cooking facilities and there are several cafeterias on campus. The food in China is extremely inexpensive compared to U.S. prices.

Necessary Documents

Students participating in the Missouri State University-China Study Abroad Program are required to have a valid passport and student visa before leaving the United States. LNU will provide supporting documentation to be used in applying for the student visa.

Contact Information:

Missouri State-West Plains
Office of Academic Affairs
Study Abroad
Teresa Shipley or Interim Dean Dennis Lancaster
Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center T206
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 255-7272

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