International Student Orientation
Housing and Meals
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
Activate MWSU GoldLink Username & Password
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.
Medical Requirements & Health Immunization
Class Registration Process
Arrival & Airport Transportation
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 ISS@missouriwestern.edu
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
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
- Activate your MWSU GoldLink username and password
- Apply and obtain visa. Review and sign your I-20 or DS-2019 from MWSU
- Arrange flight and travel plan. Request Airport transportation
- Complete and submit medical immunization forms
- Confirm enrollment, and sign-up for International Orientation session
- Confirm on-campus housing/meal plan, OR arrange off-campus housing options
- EducationUSA pre-departure orientation in your home country
- Facebook page: MWSU International Student Services
- Missouri Western State University campus virtual tour
- Saint Joseph local weather or temperature
- Study in the States 5-minute video
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