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International Student Welcome

The International Center provides a mandatory orientation program to give new international students essential information regarding their stay at MU. You are required to check in at the International Center and attend International Student Welcome. If you do not, you will be in violation of your immigration status.

International Student Welcome is a great opportunity to:

  • Meet the International Center staff. other MU students and members of the Columbia community.
  • Learn more about living in Columbia and student life on campus.
  • Find out how to get a student ID, complete your health screening, finalize housing arrangements and more.

International Student Welcome schedule

Spring 2019 schedule
Monday, Jan. 14
8–8:30 a.m. Undergraduate registration 2205 A&B Student Center
8:30–10:30 a.m. Undergraduate students: Information session 2205 A&B Student Center
10 a.m.–noon Graduate small groups/campus tours 2206 AB&C Student Center
10:30 a.m.–noon Undergraduate small groups/campus tours 2205 A&B Student Center
noon–1 p.m. Lunch 2205/2206 Student Center
2–5 p.m. Shopping trip: Walmart Meet at the International Center 
Tuesday, Jan. 15
8 a.m.–1 p.m. Undergraduate students: English language exam  
Wednesday, Jan. 16
11 a.m. Undergraduate students: Academic advising  

Mandatory international student health screenings

All new international students must complete a health screening with the Student Health Center. You are required to bring your immunization records with you to the screening. A representative will be at each check-in session to schedule your health screening.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled screening, you must call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481 to make an appointment. A registration hold preventing future enrollment will be placed on your account until you have completed your health screening.

Divisional orientation for undergraduate students

Undergraduate students should plan to meet with their academic division. You will be assigned an advising appointment at this meeting to complete your registration for the semester. Not sure what your school or college is? Click on your major on this list to find out. All divisional orientations will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the following locations:

Divisional orientation locations: spring 2018
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to be announced
College of Arts and Science to be announced
College of Business to be announced
College of Engineering to be announced
College of Human Environmental Sciences to be announced

English language exam for undergraduate students

All new degree-seeking international undergraduate students are required to take the English language exam before registering for classes. You will register for the exam as part of the ISRO process. No other activities should be scheduled for that morning.

MyMathTest assessment for undergraduate students

In order to take a Department of Math course, you must meet certain criteria prior to enrollment. You can determine whether or not you need to complete the MyMathTest assessment by going to the math placement website. There is no fee or registration required to take the assessment, and you will be given an unlimited number of attempts to complete it. Free online study and review packets are also available on the math placement website.

International Teaching Assistant Program

Any new international graduate student who has a teaching assistantship for the upcoming semester must attend the Orientation for New International Teaching Assistants. Most new international students, however, will not begin teaching in the first semester. For more information, visit the International Teaching Assistant Program website.