Prior to departure
- Review the International Student Welcome Guide.
- Check out the Living in Columbia section to learn about life in Columbia.
- Plan to attend International Student Welcome, MU’s mandatory orientation program for new international students, and a check-in session.
- Contact student organizations to learn more about student life and housing in Columbia.
- Set up your MU username and permanent password. You should have received an email with a temporary password. Need help? Contact the Division of Information Technology Tech Support at +1 573-882-5000.
- Pay SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Pay visa appointment fee.
- Apply for a student visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
- Add your spouse or children to your SEVIS record, if applicable.
- On-campus housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Planning to live off campus? Plan ahead and consult the resources available from Off-Campus Student Services.
- Check out the EducationUSA and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement websites for helpful information about immigration and living in the United States.
- Make your travel arrangements. Remember to arrive before International Student Welcome.
- Become familiar with the required travel documents and port of entry procedures.
- Make plans to get from your airport of arrival to the MU campus.
Important items to remember
- Obtain your immunization records and bring them with you to MU.
- Look into information regarding health insurance.
- Anticipate funding needs for your first few weeks (minimum $1,500 USD for housing, meals and purchasing items to set up your room/apartment). Use an ATM/debit or credit card to avoid carrying large sums of cash with you.
- Consider having important documents (school transcripts, marriage licenses, prescriptions, etc.) translated into English before you leave your country.
- Make copies of important documents, such as passport, immigration documents, transcripts, financial statements, street address where you will be going when you arrive.
- Contact your academic adviser or department about registering for classes. Don’t know who your adviser is? Check myZou or with your department.
What to pack
- Pack your travel documents and any valuables in your carry-on bag, and carry your immigration documents with you during your flight.
- Bring any medications you use, including extra eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Pack lightly — if you forget things, you can purchase them when you arrive.
- Include your name and address in the U.S. on your bags.
- Consider bringing recipes for favorite foods, small souvenirs from your home country, a camera, cultural clothing, your favorite music or photos from home.
- Do not pack: weapons, electrical appliances, candles or incense, animals, illegal drugs, fresh food, etc.
After your arrival
- Check in with International Student and Scholar Services. You will need to upload your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019 and MU admission letter as part of the check-in process.
- Attend International Student Welcome and the orientation offered by your school/college or department.
- Meet with your academic adviser. Don’t know who your adviser is? Check myZou or with your department.
- Register for classes.
- Take the English language exam if you are an undergraduate student or are enrolled in a graduate program that requires it.
- Get your MU ID card at the Mizzou Store (in the MU Student Center). Bring your passport with you.
- Log in to your MU email account. This is the primary way MU and International Student and Scholar Services will provide you with important information.
- Call or email home to let your family know you’ve arrived safely. You can access wireless internet on campus after you set up your MU username and permanent password.
- Open a bank account.
- Get a phone.
- Apply for a Social Security card (if you have a job offer).
- Pay any outstanding bills before registering for classes.