International Center

Pre-arrival check list

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 at 9:00 AM on Monday, August 20.  Check-in begins at 8:30 AM.

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 PowerPoint PDF informationNote: if you have not received the I-20 or the acceptance packet, you may contact Tina Washburn at the Office of Admissions.  Email

Step 2:  Tell us your intent to accept admission offer and enroll at Missouri Western!  Also, provide your personal 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 available on either Saturday, August 18, or Sunday, August 19 between 9:00 AM (9:00) and 6:00 PM (18:00).  Or, student may scan/email or forward the detailed travel itinerary to  Read details HERE.  Deadline to Request airport transportation is Friday, August 3.

Step 4(b): Reserve temporary hotel accommodation as soon as possible if student is arriving earlier than Friday, August 17 OR 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 local housing either on-campus OR, search for off-campus options.

Step 6: Complete the health medical records form with the support of local health care physician.  Submit completed/signed form by email to  Deadline: Wednesday, August 1.

Step 7: Prepare for placement tests prior to departure to the United States.  Who takes the test?

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


Last edited on June 11, 2018