International Student Services


International Student Orientation
Attendance and participation is mandatory for all new international students at Missouri Western; failure to participate in all required sessions delays course registration. The orientation session begins on Thursday, January 14-15, 2016. Bring student admissions letter, passport, and the original I-20 or DS-2019 to the orientation room. Please come to Blum Student Union, Room 223 at 8:00 a.m.. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
Housing and Meals
For safety and convenience, the University strongly encouraged international students to live on-campus. Bachelor Freshman, Exchange, and Intensive English Program students are required to live on-campus. Students are encouraged to complete and pay $100 deposit online at Part of the housing contract includes choosing a meal plan; the best plan is the 21 meals all-you-can-eat a week, or 3 meals for 7 days/week.
While on-campus housing is best, Master and Bachelor Transfer students may choose to live off-campus in private apartments in the city of Saint Joseph. However, due to liability issues, the university cannot recommend nor provide arrangement with any particular apartment management. Students are responsible for locating, leasing and signing the appropriate private housing, individually or in a group.
Generally, an unfurnished 9-months or 12-months one-bedroom apartment rental is about $650 plus utilities, and a 2-bedroom about $800 plus utilities. ISS office encourages students to arrange for on-campus housing for the first year, and plan 6-9 months ahead for the 2nd year off-campus living opportunity, if applicable.
Money & Paying Tuition/Fees
The university offers value and quality education. The estimated tuition/fee is available online for Bachelor program and Master program. The tuition and fees are assessed after student registers for the appropriate credit hours during International Orientation week. Students and/or parents may submit payment in a variety of ways including but not limited to credit card, personal check (from a U.S. bank), and wire transfer of finances prior to arrival on campus. Students/parents are typically responsible for the cost of EACH semester.
Activate MWSU GoldLink Username & Password
Student has an ID number, or also known as the G number. The ID number is located on the admission letter, and the number starts with the letter G and followed by 8 digits. Also, each student has a login or username to access his/her records on GoldLink. Students receive the username and the temporary password on the admission letter, or email
Students should activate his/her GoldLink account and set permanent password as soon as possible. Once activated, students may check official email account for official university messages, receive official notifications, register for classes, review bill, access university catalog, and many more.
Health Insurance
Medical expenses in the United States are very expensive, and the University is required to guarantee medical insurance to all international students on the F-1 or J-1 visa status. Student must have insurance coverage for the entire period of study at MWSU until he/she graduates from the University. The University contracted the most cost effective insurance coverage with LewerMark ( Students receives insurance coverage each semester when enrolled for classes, and student’s account is automatically billed.
Medical Requirements & Health Immunization
All new students are required to complete and return the Health History form. Translate all immunization and health records into English language before submitting to the university Health Center. Student may scan the completed forms and e-mailed to, and bring the original documents to the Health Center in Blum Union Room 203 when you arrive on campus. For student safety, well-being and protection while at the university, a few immunization or preventative injections are REQUIRED for all new students. Also, students who have under 18 years old are expected to complete and submit the Parental Release form.
Class Registration Process
Undergraduate or Bachelor degree students may register for classes during the International Orientation session with academic advisor direct guidance. Graduate or Master students may register for classes as soon as he/she receives admission offer from MWSU.
Arrival & Airport Transportation
The University is about 40 minutes north of the Kansas City International Airport (airport code MCI.) Therefore, the office offers FREE airport pick-up on Wednesday, January 13. To arrange for the FREE airport transportation, please submit the online request form BEFORE January 8th deadline.
Students arriving on OTHER dates, are required to arrange own transportation. Upon arrival at the airport, use the complimentary phone to call the Taxi service, or call 816-243-2345. The estimated cost is $70 plus tips, and students may share. Inform taxi driver to take you to your final destination in Saint Joseph either at the University residence hall, or another pre-arranged accommodation.
Alternatively, students arriving early may reserve and stay at a hotel close to the airport, and return to the airport on Wednesday, January 13 to ride the FREE airport service. Please send request to
Visa F-1/J-1, and Port-of-Entry
(a) Sign page one of the I-20 or DS-2019 form from Missouri Western State University
(b) Collect all the necessary documents. Your passport must be valid for at least six months at any point of your studies in the U.S.
(c) Contact U.S. Consulate for your visa appointment.
(d) Pay the I-901 fee before going for the visa interview.
The PORT OF ENTRY into the United States is normally the first international airport for flights coming from overseas. It typically has a staff of people who check passports and visas and inspect luggages for your safety and security. Prepare your documents for travel to present to the Border Patrol officer at the Port of Entry , such as (i) MWSU issued form I-20 or DS-2019, (ii) MWSU admission letter, (iii) Passport with Visa, (iv) Financial documentation, and (v) SEVIS fee receipt.
What to Bring
RECOMMENDED items: (a) Some cash (around $250) and/or credit card to get you through the first few days. ISS does not recommend bring large amount of cash. Instead, student may arrange 1st semester tuition/fees to the University via wire transfer such PeerTransfer or Western Union, (b) Clothing appropriate for the season. In August, student need clothes for hot, humid weather. However, winter months require warm coat, gloves, neck scarf, winter hat, and shoes, (c) Toiletries: travel size shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste, (d) Food: some snacks to have on hand during your flight and until you can go to the dining hall or market, (e) Alarm clock
ITEMS YOU MAY PURCHASE in Saint Joseph: (i) Bedding (pillow, blanket, bedsheets, etc.), and towels, (ii) Laundry basket, and clothes detergent, (iii) Dishes/cooking utensils (for those living off-campus), (iv) Office or school supplies: pens, paper, notebook, etc., (v) Computer, laptop, radio, cell phone, and other electronics.

Welcome to new international students!
Download Brochure for Admitted Students

Pre-arrival Preparation Checklist

Arrival resources

Tuition and fees

The estimated tuition/fee is available online for Intensive English Program, Bachelor program and Master program.  Students register for classes online via GoldLink account; review instructions.  For safety, security and peace of mind, student/family may wire transfer finances for the first semester tuition/fees and room/board prior to arrival on campus.  

Obtain an F-1, or a J-1 visa to the United States

Visa information online at  And, pay the I-901 fee before going for the visa interview

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