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Arrival information

Preparing for life in Columbia

The International Center has compiled a number of resources to incoming international students to help you prepare for and adjust to your new life in Columbia. Many of these resources will be sent to you as part of your welcome packet. You can find more information about topics such as housing, money and banking, transportation, and health and safety in the Living in Columbia section of our website.

Arrival information

As you prepare to join us at MU, please be sure to review the arrival checklists. The Sponsored Student Program can provide arrival assistance for sponsored students who request it by the deadline. To request arrival assistance, complete the New International Sponsored Student Information form. This form will be emailed to you a few weeks before the start of your academic program and it is mandatory you complete it. Even if you do not want assistance from the International Center, you must complete the New International Sponsored Student Information form so we are aware of your travel plans. If you have not yet received this form, please contact your sponsored student adviser.

When making your travel arrangements, please review the information about getting to Columbia, which includes details about flying directly to Columbia or utilizing ground transportation from the St. Louis or Kansas City airports.

International Student Welcome

International Student Welcome is MU's mandatory orientation for new international students. In addition to attending sessions for all international students, you will also attend a specific orientation session for sponsored students.

  • International Student Welcome: This comprehensive orientation program covers campus and community resources and information about student life and living in Columbia.
  • Check-in: You must sign up to attend a check-in session within 30 days of your program start date.
  • Sponsored student orientation: You will sign up for a sponsored student orientation session as part of the New International Sponsored Student Information form. This session will focus on information specific to sponsored students.