In 2003, Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) entered into a cooperation agreement with the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). This agreement entails that UMSL work with GUST to ensure the quality of academic programs, recruit staff and develop the various GUST academic and non-academic departments. A key part of this cooperation is for UMSL to assist GUST with quality assurance and provide advice regarding academics, student services, curriculum and course review processes.
As part of this agreement, GUST and UMSL provide a dual enrollment option for qualified students who enroll at both GUST and UMSL at the same time. During their academic program, dual enrollment students may transfer to UMSL and continue their degree studies in the United States through a “2+2” program.
UMSL is one of four campuses that comprise the University of Missouri institution. With more than 15,000 students, UMSL offers 47 undergraduate programs, seven pre-professional programs, 33 master’s degree programs, 14 doctoral programs and one professional program. UMSL degree programs include a strong general education core, as well as specialized courses in respective fields of study.
The GUST-UMSL 2+2 Program enables students to begin their undergraduate degree program at GUST and complete it at UMSL. This program provides students the opportunity to complete one of the many degree programs not currently available at GUST.
In the 2+2 Program, students complete the first two years of general education requirements at GUST. Upon completion of their sophomore year, 2+2 students transfer to UMSL to complete upper-division classes. Subject to degree and major requirements, general education credits earned at GUST are transferable toward a degree at UMSL. Upon completion of the remaining degree requirements at UMSL, 2+2 students will earn a degree issued by UMSL.
This program is ideal for students desiring international experience and the opportunity to take courses in the United States, without the commitment of living abroad for four years. It is also a desirable program for students wishing to specialize in one of the many degree programs offered at UMSL.
If a GUST student would like to transfer to continue their undergraduate studies at UMSL, they must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Completed 60 GUST credits
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above
- Proof of English Proficiency - TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (213 computer-based, 79-80 Internet-based).
The deadline to submit all required admission documents to UMSL for the start of the Fall academic semester is early June of each academic year. If a student is interested and meets the above criteria, they must contact the Office of International Programs at OIP@gust.edu.kw as soon as possible in order to complete the required procedures prior to the deadline.
GUST Summer Scholarship Program
Gulf University for Science and Technology’s Summer Scholarship program was specifically established and funded to reward outstanding GUST students with opportunities for personal and academic growth. Each year, GUST offers its students a limited number of competitive Summer Scholarships to enrich their academic experience through international study.
GUST Summer Scholarship covers: tuition at UMSL (6 credit hours), economy round-trip airfare to St. Louis, on-campus housing at UMSL, visa processing fees, textbook expenses, and a support allowance for meals and transportation. To be considered for the GUST Summer Scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a full-time GUST student
- Must have earned and completed 60-90 credit hours by the end of Spring semester.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Must be in good standing as per GUST Student Code of Conduct
- Must not have a financial hold on his/her account
- Hold a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or
- 79-80 (internet-based).
Interested candidates are required to submit a completed application form, personal statement, official transcript and two letters of recommendation from GUST faculty. An annual scholarship deadline is announced for each academic year. Interested students should visit the Office of International Programs’ website: https://www.gust.edu.kw/content/gust_summer_scholarship_students
GUST Faculty Fellowship Program
During the 2006-2007 academic year, GUST’s Board of Trustees initiated the annual Faculty Fellowship Program to encourage collaborative research initiatives between GUST and UMSL faculty. The program was created to support exceptional faculty in making contributions to GUST and the larger academic community in the Gulf region. This program is administered through the Office of International Programs and is one of several initiatives aimed at fostering increased levels of academic cooperation with UMSL.
To be eligible for the GUST Faculty Fellowship, candidates must be full-time faculty members at GUST with a commitment to research and creativity. Faculty fellows are also required to have already established ties with UMSL faculty and the ability to spend a minimum of five weeks in the United States to conduct collaborative research. Kindly visit the GUST Faculty Fellowship Program website for more information: https://www.gust.edu.kw/content/summer_faculty_fellowships