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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 orientation sessions. 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
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 MU Student Center
9-11 a.m. Graduate students: Graduate Studies orientation Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Undergraduate students: Information session To be determined
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch MU Student Center
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 Peace Park
Wednesday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. Undergraduate students: Academic advising multiple locations

Mandatory international student health screenings

All new international students must attend 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 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 so you can complete your registration for the spring semester. Not sure what your school or college is? Click on your major on this list to find out.

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.

ALEKS math placement assessment for undergraduate students

Any undergraduate student who plans to take a Department of Mathematics course at the level of math 1500 or below may be required to take the ALEKS math placement assessment before registering for classes. (Note that statistics courses are not offered by the Department of Mathematics.) The assessment is not given for a grade, but will help determine which math class you should register for first. Go to and complete a short survey to determine if the ALEKS assessment is required for you. If you are required to complete the ALEKS assessment, please do so before you arrive at MU. Once you arrive, you will also have the option to take a proctored ALEKS assessment if you would like to test out of college algebra. (You should not register for the proctored ALEKS assessment until you have spoken with your academic adviser.) General information about the ALEKS assessment can be found 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.