1. Obtain an F-1, or a J-1 visa to the United States
(a) Sign page one of the I-20 or DS-2019 form from Missouri Western State University
(b) Collect all the necessary documents
(c) Contact U.S. Consulate for your visa appointment. More information about the documents needed: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html.
(d) Pay the I-901 fee before going for the visa interview. Further details: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.jsp.
(e) Notify firstname.lastname@example.org after you obtained your visa so we may prepare for your arrival.
Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months at any point of your studies in the U.S.
2. Housing and Meals
The residence halls open on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 for international students. Please arrange your travel schedule accordingly. The ISS will do its best to work with the Housing Office regarding early check-in for a minimal fee. However, students may be required to stay in a hotel if you arrive too early. ALL residents are required to submit a housing application as well as a $100 deposit prior to arrival on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the online application at www.missouriwestern.edu/reslife/applying-for-housing/. A student who does not have a credit card to pay for the deposit online may request to complete the paper application form. 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.
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 does not 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.
3. Tuition and fees
The university offers value for 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. According to the immigration regulation, full time for Bachelor students are minimum 12 credit hours, and Master’s 9 credit hours. 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, and not the whole year or for the duration of the program.
4. Health History form
ALL international students are required to complete and return the Health History form. The Health History Forms are on the Health Center website: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/healthserv/forms/. Translate all immunization and health records into English language before submitting to the university Health Center. You may scan the completed forms and e-mailed to Ms. Pam Esely at email@example.com, and bring the original documents to the Health Center in Blum Union Room 203 when you arrive on campus. Students who have not reached 18 years old upon arrival on campus are REQUIRED to complete and submit the Parental Release form prior or immediately upon arrival.
5. Immunization form
For student safety, well-being and protection while at the university, please read the instructions carefully. For this reason, a few immunization or preventative injections are REQUIRED for all international students to the university. Translate all immunization and health records into English language. Students may obtain, read, and return the completed Health Immunization packet prior to arrival on the university campus, or bring and submit upon arrival.
Also, all international students are required to complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire, and if needed, may be required to submit to the TB blood test by Missouri State Law. At the university, this test is given at no charge to the student during the first day of international orientation week.
6. Student Arrival and Orientation Registration form
The ISS office is committed to providing a relaxed, welcomed and supportive orientation and registration experience to students, faculty and staff. Therefore, the university strongly urges students to complete and submit the Student Arrival form at the earliest convenience, even prior to visa interview date. The process is free, and student may notify the office and cancel at no charge as well. Thank you in advanced for the cooperation!
7. Arrange Airport pick-up AND/OR about arrival on-campus
The university offers FREE airport pick-up from the Kansas City International Airport (airport code MCI) on Wednesday, January 13. However, if you have purchased a plane ticket that arrives a few days earlier, the office will do its best to coordinate airport pick up with the area community members. Please complete the New Student Arrival form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org your travel itinerary. Include a copy of the plane tickets, or travel itinerary with the completed form, if necessary. The airport is about 45-minute drive south of the university.
8. Attend International Student Orientation
The International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new international students at Missouri Western; failure to participate in all required sessions delays course registration. The orientation week begins on Thursday, January 14-15, 2016. Bring student admissions letter, passport, and the original I-20 or DS-2019 to the orientation room. Come to Blum Student Union, Room 222/223 at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and a welcome speech from President Vartabedian. Daily orientation sessions and fun activities will be revealed at the beginning of each orientation day.