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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 and other international and American students.
  • 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

Fall 2017 schedule (map)
Monday, Aug. 14
8–8:30 a.m. Undergraduate students: Registration MU Student Center
8:30–10:30 a.m. Undergraduate students: Small groups/campus tour Memorial Union
9-11 a.m. Graduate students: Graduate Studies orientation Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Undergraduate students: Information session Walter Johnson Auditorium, Middlebush Hall
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch Memorial Union
2–6 p.m. Shopping trip: Walmart meet at Memorial Union
Tuesday, Aug. 15
8 a.m.–1 p.m. Undergraduate students: English language exam multiple locations
1-4 p.m. Picnic in the Park Peace Park
Wednesday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. Undergraduate students: Academic advising multiple locations

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.

Health screenings: fall 2017
Tuesday, Aug. 1 2–5 p.m. S206 Memorial Union
Friday, Aug. 4 2–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Monday, Aug. 7 11 a.m.–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Tuesday, Aug. 8 2–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Friday, Aug. 11 11 a.m.–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Tuesday, Aug. 15 2–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Wednesday, Aug. 16 11 a.m.–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Thursday, Aug. 17 11 a.m.–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union
Friday, Aug. 18 11 a.m.–5 p.m. S204 Memorial Union

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, Aug. 16, in the following locations:

Divisional orientation locations: fall 2017
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 2-64 Agriculture Building
College of Arts and Science 102 Tate Hall
College of Business 205 Cornell Hall
College of Education 101 Hill Hall
College of Engineering Ketcham Auditorium, Lafferre Hall
College of Human Environmental Sciences 106 Gwynn Hall

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 the International Teaching Assistant Program website.