The list below is a guide for international students with the necessary steps to ensure a smooth, safe, and timely arrival at Missouri Western State University. A mandatory International Student Orientation session begins on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Step 1: Apply for F1 or J1 visa.  Review and sign your I-20 or DS-2019 form. You are invited to participate in an online workshop that gives an overview of the visa application process. Learn what to expect and review informationNote: if you have not received the I-20 or the acceptance packet, email Tina Washburn in the Office of Admissions at

Step 2:  Tell us your intent to accept the admission offer and enroll at Missouri Western!  Students may contact the office on WhatsApp +1-816-262-5634 or email  

Step 3: Activate the GoldLink username and password. Refer to Missouri Western’s admission offer letter or email message.

Step 4(a): Arrange flight and travel plan. Transportation service from the airport is normally available to new students on Sunday and Monday, January 5 and 6. Read details and request support service.

Step 4(b): Reserve temporary hotel accommodations as soon as possible.  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 expected arrival date.

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