International Student Services




  • Obtaining your US visa

Congratulations on your admission to Missouri Western.  Enclosed is your I-20 form. Please carefully read the instructions on page two. You must sign page one of the I-20 form and take it along with financial documentation and your admission letter, to the U.S. Consulate for your visa appointment.  For more information about obtaining a US visa, you may refer to this website All international students are required to pay the I-901 fee before going for the visa interview.  Details on this fee and how to make the payment can be found at this website  **Note:  Your passport must be valid for at least six months at any point of your studies in the U.S.

  • Airport pick-up

If you require assistance for airport pick-up, you must arrive on January 6 or 7.  Please email your travel itinerary at least two weeks before your arrival. The airport is about 45 minutes from Missouri Western State University so timely information is appreciated.

  • Arrival Card  I-94

The I-94 card is now an electronic document.  Once you arrive in the U.S., you need to print out your I-94 card at the following address  International Student Services will also help you print your I-94 card during orientation.

  • On-Campus Housing

The residence halls open January 6, 2014 for international students. Please arrange your travel schedule accordingly.  You may be required to stay in a hotel if you arrive prior to January 6, 2014.   ALL residents are required to submit a housing application as well as a $100 deposit prior to their arrival.  You may send a completed housing application and $100 check to MWSU Office of Residential Life, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO  64507.

  • Orientation

The new international student orientation is mandatory for all new international students at Missouri Western.  The Spring orientation will begin on January 8, 2014.   You are to bring your passport and stamped I-20 to orientation on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  Information regarding the orientation location will be emailed to you at a later date.  The International Student Services, Director, Mrs. Amy Kotwani and I will be there to meet you.

  • Health and Immunization Forms

It is very important that you complete the Health History Forms.  The Health History Forms are on the Health Center website:  Please translate all immunization and health records to English before submitting to Health Services.  Please send all documents before your arrival. You may scan the documents and e-mailed them to Ms Angie and bring the originals when you arrive.


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