The list below is to guide and provide students with the necessary next steps to ensure smooth, safe, and timely arrival on campus.  Mandatory International Student Orientation session begins Tuesday, August 20.  

Step 1: Apply for F1 or J1 visa.  Review and sign your I-20, or DS-2019 form.  Students are invited to join and participate in a visa application process online workshop.  Learn what to expect and review informationNote: if you have not received the I-20 or the acceptance packet, you may contact Tina Washburn in the Office of Admissions.  Her email is

Step 2:  Tell us your intent to accept admission offer and enroll at Missouri Western! Also, provide WhatsApp phone number so we may add you in the new student group and receive important reminders, deadlines and timely updates. Send email to

Step 3: Activate the GoldLink username and password. Refer to the University admission offer letter or email message.

Step 4(a): Arrange flight and travel plan. Service is normally available on Sunday and Monday, August 18 and 19, between 9:00 AM (9:00) and 6:00 PM (18:00).  Read details and request free service.

Step 4(b): Reserve temporary hotel accommodations as soon as possible if you are arriving earlier than Friday, before student housing opens, OR until student locate/rent a private off-campus apartment. Student is responsible for arranging personal local transportation to/from hotel.

Step 5: Research, secure and confirm on-campus or off-campus housing options.

Step 6: Complete the health medical records form with the support of local health care physician.  Submit completed/signed form by email to

Step 7: Prepare for placement tests prior to departure to the United States.

Step 8: Students arrive and participate in our mandatory international student orientation.