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Fall 2020 updates for J-1 students and scholars


Published Aug. 7, 2020

The U.S. Department of State has notified MU of the following key provisions for students and scholars in J-1 visa status for the fall 2020 semester. New J-1 students and scholars The guidance states that host institutions "should have reinstated partial to full-time classroom participation or be able to meet other formal in-person requirements before…

UPDATE: SEVP clarifies guidance for fall 2020


Published July 7, 2020

Updated July 27, 2020, 2 p.m. On Friday, July 24, the Student Exchange Visitor Program provided clarification for the fall 2020 semester. This clarification highlights several issues that are favorable to international students planning to study at MU, which plans for a full in-person return to campus for fall 2020. The Show Me Renewal Plan…

COVID-19: Guidance for fall 2020 incoming international students


Published May 7, 2020

Updated Aug. 10, 2020, 12:45 p.m. The University of Missouri's Show Me Renewal Plan outlines specific guidance for a full in-person return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Currently, MU plans to implement a hybrid academic model, which allows for face-to-face, blended and fully online courses. The plan is a living document and will…

COVID-19: Guidance for admitted international graduate students for fall 2020


Published April 8, 2020

Updated June 29, 2020, 7:15 p.m. MU will continue to accept and admit international graduate students for the fall 2020 semester. The visa certificate (I-20/DS-2019) will be issued with a start date of Aug. 17, 2020, which is one week prior to the first day of fall semester classes. We strongly recommend that students admitted…

COVID-19: Remote summer coursework implications for international students


Published April 8, 2020

On April 6, Provost Ramchand announced that MU will continue remote instruction for summer 2020. This has different implications for international students based on their academic and admissions status at MU. Current F-1/J-1 international students Most international undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at MU and making normal academic progress are not required to enroll…

COVID-19: Guidance for students planning study abroad and university-related international travel


Published April 2, 2020

Updated Sept. 29, 2020, 2:30 p.m. The health, safety and security of MU students is our top priority. All decisions regarding study abroad and university-related international travel are made with that at the forefront. We remain optimistic, but realistic, about what needs to happen for international travel to resume. At this time, MU prohibits all…

COVID-19: MU cancels study abroad programs and university-related student international travel for summer 2020

Published March 19, 2020

Updated July 30, 2020, 7 p.m. MU International Programs, along with the rest of the university, has been continually monitoring COVID-19. The U.S. Department of State has issued a global level 4 health advisory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a global level 3 travel warning. In light on the…

COVID-19: Message to international students regarding leaving campus

Published March 17, 2020

Dear international students, As students, faculty and staff campus-wide adjust to changes in course instruction, we understand that many of you may be considering your options for seeing out the rest of the semester. Some of you may feel comfortable remaining in Columbia during this time, while others may wish to return to their home…

COVID-19: Update for international students and scholars

Published March 13, 2020

Dear MU international students and scholars, As you know, MU continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and make adjustments to ensure the safety and well-being of all faculty, staff and students. Currently, there are no known cases of COVID-19 on the MU campus. The most recent updates and information can be found on the…

COVID-19: MU canceling all study abroad programs for spring 2020

Published March 11, 2020

This evening, President Trump announced that the U.S. is suspending all travel between the U.S. and Europe for 30 days beginning at midnight Friday, March 13, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. According to his statement, ‚ÄúThese restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for…