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Fall 2020 SEVP updated guidance for F-1 international students

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Published July 7, 2020

The Student Exchange Visitor Program issued updated guidance for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, July 6. We know that many international students are concerned about some of the conditions outlined in this guidance. Until we can obtain clarification from SEVP, MU will abide by the conditions and ensure the necessary steps are taken to…

Closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day

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Published June 30, 2020

International Programs, along with the rest of the University of Missouri campus, will be closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day. No advising appointments or other services will be available. If you need help regarding the health and safety of an MU international student or scholar, call the MU Police Department at +1 573-882-7201, and…

Message regarding June 22 Presidential Proclamation

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Published June 23, 2020

On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a new Presidential Proclamation that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 24, 2020. It suspends the entry of H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1, L-2 and certain J-1 visa holders who are currently outside the U.S. and do not have a visa that is valid on…

Global Leadership Program hosts drive-through certificate ceremony

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Published June 10, 2020

COVID-19 has caused problems for graduating students everywhere around the world, but the Asian Affairs Center faces a unique challenge. While many students graduate and head back to a nearby home, for graduates of Asian Affairs Center programs, their homes are often on the other side of the world. On Friday, May 29, center staff…

Message to international students and scholars from China regarding May 29 Presidential Proclamation

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Published May 31, 2020

We’re writing today to express our support for you as we continue to face political, economic and health challenges in our two nations and assess the impact of recent governmental proclamations and visa policies. On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation that outlines the "suspension of entry as nonimmigrants of certain students…

Closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day

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Published May 22, 2020

International Programs, along with the rest of the University of Missouri campus, will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. No advising appointments or other services will be available. If you need help regarding the health and safety of an MU international student or scholar, call the MU Police Department at +1 573-882-7201, and…

Programs seek host families for international sponsored students coming to MU

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Published May 13, 2020

The University of Missouri has been selected as a host institution for two Department of State-funded sponsored student programs for the 2020/21 academic year: Cultural Vistas' Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Program (CBYX) and Eurasia Foundations' Year of Exchange in America for Russians Program (YEAR). Both programs are seeking host family placements for grantees…

2020 MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award recipients announced

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Published May 11, 2020

International Programs is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipients of the MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award are Dr. Tojan Rahhal, College of Engineering, and Dr. Robert Sites, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources. Open to faculty in all academic disciplines, this award recognizes the exceptional and meaningful work carried out by faculty…

COVID-19: Guidance for fall 2020 incoming international students

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Published May 7, 2020

Updated July 7, 2020, 8:30 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. It is a living document and will likely change as the situation evolves. It is imperative that incoming international students work with their assigned MU international…

Office to open late Wednesday, April 29

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Published April 27, 2020

The International Center, which houses International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services and Study Abroad, will have a delayed opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, so the office can be disinfected. Memorial Union remains closed to the public under reduced operations due to COVID-19. Anyone needing to access services from the center is encouraged…

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

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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

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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 future university-related international travel

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Published April 2, 2020

All MU students planning university-related international travel are required to register in the International Travel Registry. We also encourage you to consider the following if you are planning to travel during academic year 2020/21, knowing that travel restrictions and other guidance we receive at a later date could alter plans: Academics: Register for courses at…

Deadline extended: MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award

Published March 31, 2020

MU International Programs still seeks outstanding faculty nominations for the inaugural Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award. The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, April 10, 2020. This award recognizes the exceptional and meaningful work carried out by faculty in global teaching, student learning and curriculum design for MU faculty-led study abroad programs. This award…

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

Published March 19, 2020

Updated April 1, 2020, 6:15 a.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…

Advising moves to online sessions

Published March 18, 2020

Due to University of Missouri guidance encouraging campus employees to work remotely, all advising for international students and scholars and study abroad is now being offered as online sessions. International students can schedule an online advising appointment through MU Connect. International scholars should contact their adviser to schedule an online/phone appointment. Study abroad students can…

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, “These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for…

COVID-19: Guidance for MU departments planning to host international scholars

Published March 11, 2020

In light of the current travel warnings associated with COVID-19, International Student and Scholar Services directs all MU departments to postpone the program start dates for international scholars (visitors or employees) who currently reside in or are traveling through CDC warning level 3 countries. This applies to international scholars with expected program start dates between…

COVID-19: Spring break travel advisory for international students and scholars

Published March 5, 2020

Dear international students and scholars, As the campus continues to monitor COVID-19, we are reaching out at this time knowing that many of you may have made plans or are considering domestic or international travel during spring break. Please understand that due to the rapidly evolving situation, both domestic and international travel could be impacted.…

COVID-19: Advisory on student independent travel (MU students currently abroad)

Published March 4, 2020

Dear MU students, We are contacting you because you are participating in a study abroad program or university-related international travel during spring 2020 or academic year 2019/20. We understand that spring break recess is coming up soon for some of you. This message provides guidance regarding independent travel throughout the duration of your time abroad.  …

COVID-19: Messages to MU students and scholars from Italy and Iran

Published Feb. 29, 2020

Dear international students and scholars, We’re reaching out to let you know we share your concerns for family, friends and colleagues back home as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread beyond China. Fortunately, at MU and in Missouri, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at this time. However, we understand that some you…

COVID-19: Messages to MU students and scholars from South Korea

Published Feb. 28, 2020

Dear international students and scholars, We’re reaching out to let you know we share your concerns for family, friends and colleagues in South Korea as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread beyond China. Fortunately, at MU and in Missouri, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at this time. However, we understand that some…

COVID-19: Study abroad program cancellations for Italy

Published Feb. 28, 2020

This evening, the CDC and Department of State both issued travel warnings for Italy (CDC travel warning level three; Department of State travel advisory level three). In accordance with the MU student international travel policy, university-sponsored student travel to Italy is currently prohibited. We have canceled study abroad programs in Italy for spring, spring break…

COVID-19: Study abroad program cancellations for China, South Korea

Published Feb. 27, 2020

The University of Missouri is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a novel (new) coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. At this time, China has a Department of State travel advisory level four: do not travel and a CDC travel warning level three: avoid nonessential travel. South Korea has a Department of…

International Programs awards five students study abroad planning scholarship

Published Feb. 21, 2020

University of Missouri International Programs is pleased to announce the recipients of the first Council on International Initiatives Study Abroad Scholarship: Marc Brazeal, Katelynn Montgomery, Jacob Salk, Lynnya Simmons and Alejandra Vargas. The annual CII Scholarship provides $2,000 towards study abroad per recipient. This scholarship, available to MU freshmen and sophomores planning to study abroad,…

MU International Student and Scholar Services staff member selected for flagship fellowship program

Published Feb. 13, 2020

MU International Student and Scholar Services is pleased to announce that NAFSA: Association of International Educators has selected SEVIS compliance coordinator Chris Huh to participate in the 2020 NAFSA RISE Fellowship. NAFSA's fellowship is a two-year program given to international education practitioners and professionals across the United States. As a flagship diversity, equity and inclusion…

Call for nominations: MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award

Published Feb. 12, 2020

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, April 10. MU International Programs seeks outstanding faculty nominations for the inaugural Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 30, 2020. This award recognizes the exceptional and meaningful work carried out by faculty in global teaching, student learning and curriculum design for…

Call for proposals: Funding support for research collaborations through Tri-Continental Partnership

Published Feb. 12, 2020

The Tri-Continental Partnership (3C) is a trilateral agreement between the University of Missouri, the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and Ghent University in Belgium. The MU Council on International Initiatives invites proposals from MU faculty to support research collaborations with 3C partners. Details Five awards of up to $2,500 will be granted…

COVID-19: Message to MU students abroad

Published Jan. 31, 2020

Dear MU students, The MU International Center is closely monitoring the outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. We are monitoring this evolving situation with the MU Student Health Center. On Jan. 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of State raised the travel advisory for China to level four:…

COVID-19: Message to MU students and scholars from China

Published Jan. 31, 2020

Dear international students and scholars, We’re reaching out to let you know we share your concerns for family, friends and colleagues in the People’s Republic of China due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Fortunately, at MU and in Missouri, there have not been any confirmed cases of the coronavirus at…

Travel Health Advisory: COVID-19/Coronavirus

Published Jan. 31, 2020

Updated March 19, 2020 The University of Missouri is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a novel (new) coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. At this time, 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…

Sponsored Student Newsletter: Spring 2020

Published Jan. 30, 2020

Greetings from the MU Sponsored Student Program! This newsletter includes updates and information that we hope will be useful to our students, departments and sponsoring organizations. Last semester, we began implementing virtual advising sessions. We also added an additional in-person advising session to our existing schedule. We hope these changes will continue to improve how…

MU faculty can teach abroad in China during July 2020

Published Jan. 8, 2020

MU faculty are invited to teach a two-week intensive course as part of the International Immersion Program at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. This is a great opportunity to expand your teaching experience and network with faculty at one of MU's partner institutions in China. The program runs July 6–17 and includes: Round-trip airfare reimbursement…

International Center awards more than $35,000 in study abroad scholarships for winter break and spring 2020

Published Dec. 13, 2019

The International Center is pleased to award $35,255 in study abroad scholarships to 84 MU students studying abroad during winter break 2019/20, spring 2020 or spring break 2020. Students have the opportunity to apply for these scholarships as part of the study abroad application process. Congratulations to all the recipients! International Center Scholarship Provides need-,…

International Center closed Dec. 25–Jan. 1

Published Dec. 12, 2019

The International Center will be closed Dec. 25–Jan. 1. Advisers will not be available during this time (including via email) and document processing will not take place. Passport and photo services will also be closed. Regular office hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2. Additionally, walk-in advising for all international students and scholars will be canceled…

New study abroad planning scholarship offers $2,000 awards

Published Nov. 27, 2019

International Programs is pleased to announce the Council on International Initiatives Study Abroad Scholarship — five $2,000 awards will be awarded each year to MU freshmen or sophomores who are planning to study abroad. The scholarship is sponsored by the MU Council on International Initiatives, which advises the provost on priorities and actions related to…

International Engagement Reception

Published Nov. 21, 2019

During International Education Week, students, faculty and staff were awarded for their contributions toward the global exchange here at Mizzou and beyond. During the International Engagement Reception, we recognized the recipients of the 2019 International Engagement Award and spring 2020 Bond International Scholars Award. Bond International Scholars Award Grace Miller, right,…

Welcome, Nate and Rachel

Published Nov. 16, 2019

The International Center is pleased to welcome two new members to its staff. Nate Daugherty is the new Terra Dotta software specialist. Nate is a St. Louis native who has a bachelor's degree from Mizzou in political science-international relations with a minor in Spanish. While at Mizzou, he spent a year studying at the University…

First Asian-American U.S. city mayor shares ‘The Power of Possibility’ with students

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Published Oct. 15, 2019

The Asian Affairs Center, along with the Truman School of Public Affairs, invited Kang to share his experience embracing the American dream as an Asian immigrant.  

Welcome, Katie and Killion

Published Oct. 4, 2019

The International Center is pleased to welcome two new members to its staff. Katie Alexander serves in a new role at the International Center as the study abroad student engagement assistant. Katie has a master's degree in global studies and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Missouri State University. While completing her undergraduate degree, she…

Tina Bloom named faculty fellow for International Programs

Published Sept. 23, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Tina Bloom, associate professor of nursing, will serve as the new faculty fellow for International Programs for 2019/20. She will devote 8–10 hours per week to specific projects for the division, including strategic planning, international agreements and coordination of international activities across campus. Bloom's international experience includes leading a…

I-LEAP program provides students with real-world work experience

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Published Sept. 11, 2019

Students participating in the I-LEAP program learn real-world English and develop an early career by interning at local businesses.

Asian Affairs Center works with MU geography instructor to foster diverse learning experience for students

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Published Aug. 19, 2019

GeoBuds is a series of conversational events in which both American and Asian students can share their culture and values with each other.

Welcome, Cole and Tonya

Published Aug. 14, 2019

The International Center is pleased to welcome two new members to its staff. Cole Gallagher is serving as an international scholar adviser. He is a Mizzou graduate with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, a minor in Japanese and a multicultural certificate. During his undergraduate program, he worked as a Japanese language tutor, Ellis Library…

New program helps Chinese scholars prepare for better careers

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Published Aug. 12, 2019

The new Global Leadership Program offers an immersive English environment and the opportunity to live and study like American students.

Alumnus from South Korea says Asian Affairs Center helped him stay connected with MU for past 20 years

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Published Aug. 2, 2019

"What the (Asian) Affairs Center does to connect with Asian countries helps professors research and network and provides students with cultural education," Yoon said.

International Programs faculty fellow opening

Published July 23, 2019

The Office of International Programs is looking to hire a part-time faculty fellow to work with Mary Stegmaier, interim vice provost, on specific projects involving strategic planning, international agreements and coordination of international activities across campus. The one-year position, with the possibility of renewal, provides for a course release and a month summer salary. If…

International students can now submit document requests in myStatus

Published July 15, 2019

The International Center's Document Request System has moved: Beginning July 15, all online document requests should be submitted through myStatus. The new system will continue to allow international students and scholars to request immigration-related documents and processes online. It also enables center staff to process documents more efficiently and ensures data accuracy through integration with…

SEVIS fees to increase starting June 24

Published June 12, 2019

The U.S. Student Exchange and Visitor Program recently announced changes to its fees. These changes will be implemented at midnight EDT on June 24, 2019, and will impact international students and scholars on specific visas. F-1/J-1 international students If you will apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa, you are required to pay an I-901…

International Center awards more than $82,000 in study abroad scholarships for 2019

Published May 31, 2019

The International Center was pleased to award $82,680 in study abroad scholarships to 132 MU students studying abroad in 2019. Students have the opportunity to apply for these scholarships as part of the study abroad application process. Congratulations to all the recipients! International Center Scholarship Provides need-, merit- and diversity-based awards to students participating in…

Sponsored Student Program adds virtual advising sessions

Published May 24, 2019

Beginning June 4, the International Center's Sponsored Student Program will offer virtual advising sessions. These sessions are available to all incoming or current international sponsored students. Virtual advising sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Registration for virtual advising appointments is open now —…

University-related travel abroad must be registered in International Travel Registry

Published May 6, 2019

The University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations have been expanded to require that the following types of university-related travel be registered in the International Travel Registry: MU students participating on university-related international activities, including conducting research, attending conferences or participating in any university-contracted travel abroad. Faculty, staff and volunteers leading MU study abroad programs…

2019 MU International Engagement Awards: Call for nominations

Published April 16, 2019

The MU Council on International Initiatives, International Center and Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs seek outstanding faculty, staff and student nominations for the 2019 International Engagement Awards. The nomination deadline is Monday, Sept. 30. The International Engagement Awards recognize the exceptional work carried out by faculty, staff and students to internationalize the…

2019 Bond International Scholar Award recipients announced

Published April 12, 2019

The International Center is delighted to announce the fall 2019 and academic year 2019/20 Bond International Scholar Award recipients. This award is made possible by a generous endowment from the friends of retired U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, in honor of his exemplary public service. The scholarship provides awards to MU undergraduate or graduate…

Welcome, Myle

Published April 4, 2019

The International Center is pleased to welcome Myle Duong as the new study abroad enrollment management coordinator. Originally from Iowa, Myle received her bachelor's degree in global marketing from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, she is completing a master's degree in international higher education from Loyola University Chicago. Her passion for international education developed…

Funding opportunity for MU faculty at Ghent University in Belgium

Published March 22, 2019

The International Center has an exciting opportunity for faculty interested in developing a relationship with our prestigious partner Ghent University in Belgium. As part of the Erasmus+ European Union program to promote comprehensive internationalization, Ghent is offering funding for one MU faculty member to job shadow, train or plan collaborations with faculty peers at Ghent.…

A Celebration of Japan: Donated artifacts on display in Ellis Library

Published March 13, 2019

Exhibit information March 13–July 31, 2019 Ellis Library main floor exhibition cases The International Center is pleased to sponsor "A Celebration of Japan," an exhibit of Japanese artifacts donated to the center by the Haley family. Ron, '70, and the late Beverly (Grimes), '69, Haley were both natives of Slater, Mo., a…

Welcome, Sarah

Published March 12, 2019

The International Center is pleased to welcome Sarah Kumpula as a new international student adviser. Sarah is originally from northern Illinois and completed her bachelor's degree in international studies with a minor in political science at MU. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Ireland and completed an internship with the International…

MU faculty can teach abroad in China this summer

Published March 6, 2019

MU faculty are invited to teach a two-week intensive course as part of the International Immersion Program at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. This is a great opportunity to expand your teaching experience and network with faculty at one of MU's partner institutions in China. The program runs July 8–19 and includes: Round-trip airfare Airport…

Asian Affairs Center alumni from South Korea and Japan organize program reunion

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Published Feb. 22, 2019

They spent a weekend together in mid-January sharing their favorite memories of MU.

Worldwide Caution (Jan. 15, 2019)

Published Jan. 15, 2019

Note: A version of this message was emailed to MU students abroad. Dear MU students: In accordance with our policy, we are sending you the most recent U.S. Department of State Worldwide Caution. The Department of State issues Worldwide Cautions to provide general security information, as well as specific instructions regarding how to prepare for…

Applications open for 2019/20 Bond International Scholars Award

Published Jan. 11, 2019

Want to see the world, gain global skills and accelerate your degree completion? The Bond International Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship opportunity available to all MU students participating in a semester or academic/calendar year MU study abroad program. The award offers five $5,000 scholarships toward the cost of an MU study abroad program to…

Advisory notice regarding federal government shutdown

Published Jan. 3, 2019

A partial U.S. government shutdown may affect some immigration related processes; however, most services continue without issues. Airports and Customs and Border Protection will not be affected. However, certain government websites may not be updated during the shutdown. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, which handles F-1 OPT and H-1B processing, is not affected by…

International Center closed Dec. 25–Jan. 1

Published Dec. 14, 2018

The International Center will be closed Dec. 24–Jan. 1. Advisers will not be available during this time (including via email) and document processing will not take place. Passport and photo services will be closed. Regular office hours will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2. If you need help regarding the health and safety of an MU international…

MU’s Intensive English Program receives accreditation from esteemed agency

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Published Nov. 16, 2018

The Intensive English Program received accreditation and celebrated 40 years of service.

2018 International Engagement Award recipients announced

Published Nov. 13, 2018

The International Center would like to congratulate the 2018 International Engagement Award recipients, Irene Juzkiw and Pilar Mendoza. These awards, presented by MU’s Council on International Initiatives, recognize meaningful and sustained commitments to international initiatives on behalf of the University of Missouri. Congratulations to both awardees for…

2018 Bond International Scholar Award recipients announced

Published Nov. 13, 2018

The International Center is delighted to announce the first Bond International Scholar Award recipients. This award is made possible by a generous endowment from the friends of retired U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, in honor of his exemplary public service. About the award Bond, a sixth generation Missourian, was elected to the United States…

Asian Affairs turns 20!

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Published Oct. 25, 2018

Asian Affairs Center celebrates 20th anniversary.

Take a look at CELL

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Published Oct. 24, 2018

Are you interested in learning more about studying English at the University of Missouri? Do you want to know more about all of our 300+ majors? Take a look at our brochure.

Greater China Up-Close 2019

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Published Sept. 26, 2018

Learn more at the information session: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in N49 Memorial Union

Welcome, Kristen

Published Sept. 12, 2018

The International Center is pleased welcome Kristen Carranza to its staff. Kristen will be serving as the document specialist for international sponsored students. She graduated from MU in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish, a minor in East Asian studies and a multicultural certificate. She also holds a TEFL certification from CIEE…

Phone scam advisory: Fraudulent message appears to impersonate Chinese Consulate

Published Sept. 5, 2018

The International Center warns all MU students, staff and faculty to beware of a fraudulent message impersonating the Chinese Consulate. The following email was sent to all MU international students and scholars regarding the message. Dear MU international students and scholars, Have you been contacted recently by someone saying they’re representing the China Consulate in…

New Bond International Scholars Award will offer $5,000 study abroad scholarships

Published Aug. 29, 2018

The International Center is pleased to announce the Bond International Scholars Award, which will provide five $5,000 study abroad scholarships to MU students. This new award is the result of generous donations by friends of retired U.S. Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond in honor of his exemplary public service. Eligibility and application All full-time MU…

Ayllon named new director of study abroad

Published Aug. 22, 2018

The MU International Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Miguel Ayllon will serve as director of study abroad effective Sept. 1, 2018. Ayllon has been interim director of study abroad for the center since January 2018. Prior to that, he was the director of international engineering and STEM programs, a position shared by the…

Olga Allred to serve as J-1 scholar adviser

Published June 13, 2018

The International Center is pleased to announce that Olga Allred is the new J-1 scholar adviser. Olga is originally from the Republic of Moldova. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and French from Moldova State University. Prior to joining the International Center, she worked for the MU Department of Residential Life, University Student Apartments…

2018 MU International Engagement Awards: Call for nominations — deadline Sept. 30

Published June 4, 2018

The MU Council on International Initiatives, International Center and Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs seek outstanding faculty, staff and student nominations for the 2018 International Engagement Awards. The International Engagement Awards recognize the exceptional work carried out by faculty, staff and students to internationalize the University of Missouri. The awards recognize meaningful…

International Center hosts Work Authorization Training for Employers

Published June 1, 2018

On Thursday, May 24, the International Center hosted its first Work Authorization Training for Employers workshop. Representatives from several area businesses gained a better understanding of the federal regulations for hiring members of MU's international community, as well as training on cultural considerations and guidance on helping international employees have a successful and professional work…

International Center awards $30,500 in study abroad scholarships

Published May 9, 2018

The International Center was pleased to award $30,500 to 141 in study abroad scholarships to MU students studying abroad for summer and fall 2018, and academic year 2018/19. Students have the opportunity to apply for these scholarships as part of the study abroad application process. Congratulations to these recipients! International Center Scholarship Provides need-, merit-…

New online process for requesting J-1 scholars

Published May 1, 2018

The International Center is pleased to announce a new process for departments wishing to host or hire a J-1 scholar. Effective May 1, 2018, the center will no longer accept paper or emailed J-1 scholar requests. Instead, departments should use the myStatus platform. This system will allow departments to submit both new and extension requests…

International student services fee increasing by $20, effective fall 2018

Published April 19, 2018

The MU International Center is responsible for maintaining the university's compliance with federal immigration regulations governing F-1/J-1 student and J-1/H-1B scholar visa programs. Ensuring compliance allows MU to welcome exceptionally bright and talented students from around the world to our campus. The center is also committed to enhancing the overall international student experience through programs…

Spotlight on the classroom: Level 5A’s simulation

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Published March 12, 2018

On Tuesday, March 6, students in Farrah Littlepage's level 5A listening-speaking course participated in a simulation (role play) about corporal punishment. To prepare, students did research, adopted roles and explored how to explain perspectives that they possibly disagreed with. Other CELL instructors and staff were invited to attend the simulation and ask questions in order…

CELL instructor featured in MU Libraries’ Cycle of Success

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Published March 9, 2018

Mary Browning, instructor at CELL, was recently featured in the MU Libraries' Cycle of Success. She explained how students in two of her fall 2017 courses (an advanced IEP course and the SSC 1150 College Success Seminar) benefited from library sessions about Zotero. Led by librarian Cindy Cotner, these sessions helped Mary's students as they…

IEP students march in March March parade

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Published March 5, 2018

IEP students, faculty and staff had a great time joining in the March March parade Friday, March 2, in celebration of the beginning of the annual True/False Film Fest in Columbia.

CELL instructor, student share about Conversation Partner Program on “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper”

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Published Feb. 13, 2018

Radio host Paul Pepper interviewed Debbie Parker, coordinator of the Conversation Partner Program, and IEP student Sara Huaco on his show "Radio Friends with Paul Pepper" on Monday, Feb. 12. Debbie discussed the many benefits the Conversation Partner Program offers participants. Sara explained methods for improving her English and some differences between visiting friends and…

International Center introduces new fees for Optional Practical Training processing

Published Jan. 26, 2018

The International Center is implementing new fees to enhance services for and help offset the federal compliance costs associated with students applying for Optional Practical Training benefits. The new fees will be effective immediately, following the criteria listed below. OPT is an important and valuable training opportunity for F-1 international students, with more than 400…

Miguel Ayllon appointed interim director of study abroad

Published Jan. 17, 2018

Effective Jan. 8, 2018, Miguel Ayllon began service as interim director of study abroad for the International Center. He formerly served as the director of international engineering and STEM programs, a position shared by the MU College of Engineering and International Center. Offering affordable global experiential learning opportunities for MU students will be a priority.…

Barbara Lindeman named first director of student international health, safety and security

Published Jan. 17, 2018

To continue enhancing its capabilities to support student travel abroad, the MU International Center has named Barbara Lindeman its first director of student international health, safety and security. Lindeman assumed this role Jan. 8, 2018. In accordance with the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations, the International Center is responsible for ensuring the health, safety…

Welcome, Austin

Published Dec. 21, 2017

The International Center is pleased to welcome Austin Chevess to its staff. Austin will be serving as the new front desk assistant. He earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Missouri with minors in business and art history. As an undergrad, he studied abroad in China where he visited seven major…

International Center closed Dec. 25–Jan. 1

Published Dec. 18, 2017

The International Center will be closed Dec. 25–Jan. 1. Advisers will not be available during this time (including via email) and document processing will not take place. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 2. Additionally, afternoon walk-in advising for international students will be canceled Friday, Dec. 22. If you need help regarding the health…

University of Missouri added to list of approved universities in Indonesia

Published Nov. 28, 2017

In October 2017, the University of Missouri was added to a list of U.S. approved universities for Indonesian government-sponsored grantees who are funded to pursue masters and doctoral degrees abroad. There are only 55 higher education institutions on this list to host LPDP scholars in the United States. The Indonesian Education Scholarship aims to support…

Welcome, Heidi, Allison and Brendan

Published Nov. 20, 2017

The International Center is pleased to welcome three new members to its study abroad staff. Heidi Prillwitz joins the center as a senior study abroad coordinator. She holds a master's degree in education and human development from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Taylor University in Indiana.…

China Up-Close 2018

Published Nov. 16, 2017

Explore China on this guided tour of Beijing, Jingbian, Xi'An and Shanghai.

Korean officials visit St. Louis court

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Published Nov. 16, 2017

The visit was part of their intensive two-week training program on U.S. dispute resolution and conflict management.

Orr Street Studios hosts dreams-themed art event for kids

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Published Nov. 16, 2017

Asian Affairs Center students and ambassadors volunteered to help kids create dream catchers at this event.

Students reflect on study abroad experiences during International Education Week

Published Nov. 13, 2017

In conjunction with the start of International Education Week, the International Center recognized MU study abroad participants while sharing stories and images that illustrate what the experience is like with prospective study abroad students. The winners of the 2017 Study Abroad Photo Contest were announced, and two students shared their study abroad experiences in the…

Korean and Chinese scholars visit Kansas City area

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Published Oct. 20, 2017

They visited the City Market and toured the Roasterie coffee factory.

LEAD engages with the community

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Published Oct. 18, 2017

The students visited Southern Boone Middle School and the Alternative Community Training program.

Scholars, students share ideas about leadership during interview project

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Published Oct. 17, 2017

The bi-annual project pairs students with scholars who have a wide array of leadership experiences.

Three IEP students win MIDTESOL essay contest prizes

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Published Oct. 5, 2017

Three of our very own IEP students were recently awarded top honors through the MIDTESOL student essay contest — adult ESL category. MIDTESOL is the local professional organization for teachers of English as a second language. At the 2017…

MU Asian Affairs Center and Myongii University’s Korea Institute for Future Politics sign agreement

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Published Oct. 5, 2017

Upcoming plans for collaboration include academic and professional exchanges related to political and socio-economic issues in Korea and between the U.S. and Korea.

International Center welcomes sponsored students from Pakistan, Tunisia

Published Oct. 2, 2017

The MU International Center is pleased to welcome three international students to campus as part of two U.S. Department of State scholarship programs: Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan and Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program's Tunisia Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Salman Ali and Uzair come to MU through the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program, which places participants at U.S.…

IEP hosts Eclipse Watch Party

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Published Sept. 13, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 27, the IEP hosted an Eclipse Watch Party to celebrate the start of the fall semester and view the total solar eclipse. The last total solar eclipse in Missouri occurred in 1869, and the next won't occur for hundreds of years. It was an historic event that new and returning students were…

Welcome, Aubrey and Chris

Published Sept. 13, 2017

The International Center is pleased to welcome two new staff members, Aubrey Siess and Chris Huh. Aubrey Siess joins the center as a strategic communications associate. She has a degree in strategic communications and music from the University of the Ozarks with a minor in political science. As an undergraduate, she studied art and culture…

Request for proposals: Online International Learning Courses (Honors)

Published Sept. 8, 2017

Deadline: Oct. 2 The MU Honors College and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs, with support from the university, the Panda Charitable Foundation, and Andrew and Peggy Cherng, are accepting proposals from MU faculty who wish to integrate international and global learning into their courses through online methods. See the full request for proposals…

Global Leadership Program participants welcomed with luncheon

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Published Aug. 17, 2017

The center welcomed 45 visiting scholars and spouses from South Korea, China and Thailand.

MU faculty, staff visit Korea

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Published Aug. 1, 2017

They met with university and Asian Affairs Center alumni in Seoul and Busan.

UM South Africa Education Program call for proposals

Published May 4, 2017

Deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 The International Center encourages interested faculty to respond to the call for proposals to support productive collaborations between the University of Missouri, University of the Western Cape and, potentially, other institutions in South Africa. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain seed funding that will extend or expand…

Mark Algren receives 2017 James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

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Published April 3, 2017

Mark Algren, executive director of the Center for English Language Learning at the University of Missouri, received the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL on March 23, 2017, during the annual TESOL International Association Convention in Seattle. TESOL is the professional association for teachers of English to speakers of other languages. After receiving…

2017 MU International Engagement Awards: Call for nominations — deadline April 5

Published March 15, 2017

Extended deadline: April 5, 2017 The MU Council on International Initiatives, International Center and Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs seek outstanding faculty, staff and student nominations for the 2017 International Engagement Awards. The MU International Engagement Awards recognize the exceptional work carried out by faculty, staff and students to internationalize the University of…

Welcome, Alena Enaryeva

Published March 14, 2017

The International Center is pleased to welcome Alena Enaryeva, who is visiting MU as part of the Fulbright Russian International Education Administration Program. Enaryeva is a translator/interpreter and international projects specialist at the International Office of Dostoevsky Omsk State University in Omsk, Russia. She graduated from the Omsk Institute of Foreign Languages with a degree…

USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions

Published March 8, 2017

On March 6, USCIS announced that, starting April 3, 2017, it will temporary suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file a request for premium processing service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker,…

Executive order information and resources

Published March 6, 2017

If you are an international student or scholar with questions regarding the executive order and whether or not it directly affects you, please be sure to contact your International Center adviser for the most up-to-date information. NAFSA, one of the leading professional organizations for international educators, also provides helpful resources and updates related to the…

Welcome, Samantha, Jeremiah and Xiaoyu

Published March 1, 2017

The International Center is pleased to welcome three new staff members: Samantha Welsh, Jeremiah Metzen and Xiaoyu Guo. Samantha Welsh joined the International Center as a front desk assistant. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi with an emphasis in public relations. She has spent a summer in France, spending…

Center for English Language Learning mentioned in Al-Fanar

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Published Jan. 31, 2017

The MU Center for English Language Learning was recently mentioned in Al-Fanar, Arabic media on higher education. The article, "Iraqi Universities Focus on Teaching English," talks about training that Southern Technical University faculty participated in at CELL. Read more about the CELL Professional Development program.

Conversation Partner Program featured on “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper”

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Published Nov. 18, 2016

Radio host Paul Pepper interviewed Debbie Parker, coordinator of the Conversation Partner Program, and IEP student Chuqiao (Candace) Wu on his show Friday, Nov. 18. They discussed how to join the program and the benefits of having a conversation partner for both international students and Americans. You can watch the interview in this nine-minute video:…

MU Center for English Language Learning now a member of UCIEP

Published Oct. 27, 2016

The University of Missouri Center for English Language Learning has been accepted as a member of the prestigious Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs. UCIEP was founded in 1967 and currently has 79 member programs located in 32 states and the District of Columbia. Membership is limited to university- and college-governed English language…

Iraqi English language instructors from Southern Technical University participate in CELL Professional Development Program

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Published Oct. 11, 2016

CELL hosted four English language instructors from Southern Technical University of Basra, Iraq.

Maeva Boko, former IEP student, wins MIDTESOL essay award

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Published July 24, 2016

MIDTESOL, the Mid-American Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages association, honored former IEP student Maeva Boko with the Best ESL Student Essay award for her essay on creativity. She wrote the essay in IEP instructor Mary Browning's level 5 reading-writing class in spring 2016. Congratulations, Maeva! A copy of the winning essay can…