International Center

Orientation Begins on Monday, Aug 20

Attendance and participation is mandatory for all new international students at Missouri Western; failure to participate in all required sessions may delay course registration and missing important information.  Make-up session will not be provided.  Some breakfast and lunch are provided throughout the week.

Day/dates: Begins Monday, August 20, in the Blum Union, Room 218 (upstairs).   Plan to arrive as early as 8:45 AM. 

Bring: Original passport, original I-20 or DS-2019, passport, and letter of admission.  Also, bring pen/pencil to write, and local mailing/physical address information.

Orientation Agenda:

  • Monday, Aug 20 –  Light breakfast.  Immigration document check, health immunizations, set-up free wi-fi on campus, obtain student ID card, open bank account, and  student health insurance resources.   Free transportation for personal shopping trip at local stores and Wal-Mart (bring money).
  • Tuesday, Aug 21 – Undergraduate/Bachelor students take placement tests, and/or meet academic advisor for advisement and class registration.  Graduate/Master and Undergraduate Transfer students may participate in the off-campus housing workshop (hosted by the St Joseph Legal Aid office) and apartment tour of St Joseph in the morning.
  • Wednesday, Aug 22 –  Workshops and discussion regarding scholarship application, immigration status,and how to arrange University tuition/fees payment.  Also, panel discussion regarding on-campus employment opportunities and applying for Social Security number/card.
  • Thursday, Aug 23 – Home cook breakfast.  Campus walking tour, and scavenger hunt.  Also, workshop on free public transportation in St Joseph, and group tours of the city.  Mandatory orientation session for Graduate/Master students with the Graduate Dean, Dr. Ben Caldwell.
  • Friday, Aug 24 – Group discussion regarding personal safety and security, Title IX responsibility, University police and security support service, library resources, academic integrity and classroom expectations.   Welcome luncheon with University President, faculty and staff.
  • Saturday, Aug 25 – Free day to explore, discover or rest!
  • Sunday, Aug 26 – New Student Convocation, and University ice cream social.  Come to Spratt Stadium (on-campus) at 7:30PM.


Last edited on August 7, 2018