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  • Locations: Multi country, Multi country
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMKC applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English, Various
Housing Options: Lodging Program Type: Research/Undergraduate
Program Description:
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InterFuture Research Program

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Cross-Cultural Research Program
 Each year a select group of undergraduate students are accepted into the InterFuture program to design cross-cultural research projects and then conduct their individual research projects in one or two locales overseas.

Semester Program
3-7 month program

Candidates normally apply for InterFuture early in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Research is conducted during the junior year.

InterFuture Website :
Or contact UMKC Professor Gayle Levy.
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Program Details
Students who qualify as InterFuture Scholars join a group of outstanding, imaginative undergraduates from around the United States who have the remarkable opportunity to design and carry out a personalized intercultural research project.

InterFuture Scholars typically travel abroad during the second semester of their junior year. During an eight-month preparatory period, students design a cross-cultural research project and attend three InterFuture conferences. InterFuture students originate from all academic fields, from the social sciences to the humanities, from the natural sciences to business and management. Each research project is designed to reflect the participants’ diverse interests.

Participants conduct their research abroad, in both a European and a non-European nation, if possible. Overseas for three to seven months, InterFuture Scholars become immersed in the host culture, studying with a local expert and living with local families. Upon returning home, Scholars prepare a final research paper documenting their cross-cultural research and share their findings through classes, workshops, exhibitions, and action projects. The research papers prepared by InterFuture Scholars are submitted to their home institution for appropriate academic credit, usually equivalent to that which would have been earned at the home campus during semester(s) they were abroad.

Through this approach, tested and honed with over forty years of field experience, InterFuture provides intercultural education of the highest quality to students from cultural and ethnic backgrounds of wide diversity. The program is committed to intercultural research, international understanding, and unparalleled opportunities for talented undergraduate students to experience intellectual and emotional growth.

Students prepare for their InterFuture experience by attending three training conferences, completing reading and language study, undertaking specified coursework at their campus, designing a pilot study, and writing a project plan.
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Research Locales
InterFuture offers twenty research locales for students to conduct their cross-cultural research in. The full InterFuture program is designed for students to visit two research locales: a semester in a European locale and a semester in a non-European locale. During the eight month preparation prior to overseas departure, students work with InterFuture staff to design their research projects and choose research locales accordingly.  
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Single-Term Program (one locale):
$14,160 InterFuture Fee
$4,000 UMKC Credit
- $6,085 maximum InterFuture need-based incentive scholarship (possible)
Total Program Cost: $12,075

Academic Year Full Program (two locales):
$26,320 InterFuture Fee
$8,000 UMKC Credit
- $6,085 maximum InterFuture need-based incentive scholarship (possible)
Total Program Cost: $28,235

Covered in program fees:
  • Room, board, and advising at U.S. conferences
  • Round-trip air transportation between Boston and the country or countries under study
  • Lodging and two meals daily while engaged in overseas locale research
  • InterFuture academic and administrative services in the U.S. and overseas

Not covered in program fees:
  • Transportation to and from the U.S. preparatory conferences (scholarships possible - inquire)
  • Transportation to and from Boston at the time of departure and return from overseas
  • Pocket money (estimated at $1,200 in Europe, $900 in non-European countries) for personal expenses (such as, transportation, lunches, cultural events, laundry, entertainment, books, supplies and incidentals).

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International Academic Program
5000 Holmes Road | Atterbury Student Success Center #120 | Kansas City, Missouri 64111 |

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.