International Student Services


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Admitted Student Brochure 

On behalf of President Robert Vartabedian, and Vice President Shana Meyer, the Office of ISS welcomes you to Missouri Western.  We are delighted of the opportunity to include you in our university community.  These Admitted Student section is intended as a guide in your journey to the United States.  The staffs and professors look forward to meet you on Monday, August 21!

To help you prepare for timely and smooth arrival, please read MWSU pre-arrival or post-admission checklist HERE.  Also review other important and helpful topics from the “Admitted Students” top bar above.

What to bring from home

Bring what you can comfortable carry in your suitcases, or personal carry-on.  The recommended items are:

  • Original immigration documents such as passport, I-20 or DS-2019, proof of financial support AND the admission letter.
  • Some cash around $500 and/or credit card or bank card to get you through the first few days.  Also, student may bring bank draft in the U.S. currency payable to Missouri Western State University to the necessary tuition/fees for the first semester.  For your safety during travel, we do not recommend bringing large amount of cash.
  • Clothing appropriate for the season.  In August, student need clothes for hot, humid weather.  However, January winter month require winter coat, gloves, neck scarf, winter hat, and shoes.  Find out the the current temperature in St Joseph, Missouri, USA (choose Celsius or Fahrenheit appropriately.)
  • Toiletries: travel size shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
  • Food: bring snacks to have on hand during the long flight and until you can go to the dining hall or market.  And if you like to cook, remember to bring spices to remind you of home!
  • Alarm clock

Also, the following bulky but necessary items may easily be purchased in the city of Saint Joseph.  For example:

  • Bedding (pillow, blanket, bedsheets, etc.), and towels.
  • Laundry basket, and soap/detergent to wash clothes.
  • Clothes: pants, jeans, t-shirt, underclothes, sweater, winter coat, etc.
  • Toiletries: regular size shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
  • Office or school supplies: pens, paper, notebook, etc.
  • Computer, laptop, radio, cell/mobile phone, and other electronics.
  • Dishes/cooking utensils, bed, and furniture (for those living off-campus)

Last edited on January 31, 2017