International Student Welcome

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

International Student Welcome will take place online for fall 2020.

  • Undergraduate students: You will receive access to log in to an online portal by email. If you do not receive an email or have any problems accessing the portal, contact us by email at isss@missouri.edu.
  • Graduate students: Review the videos in this YouTube playlist for important information. You should also plan to participate in New Graduate Student Orientation, which will be a live online event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CDT Monday, Aug. 17.

Additional orientation resources:

Mandatory check-in session

You must check-in with International Student and Scholar Services within 30 days of your program start date. Check-in sessions for fall 2020 will be offered online July 29–Sept. 2. Follow the instructions below to sign up for a check-in session in MU Connect.

Check-in sessions will begin promptly at their designated start times and last approximately one and a half hours. Prior your check-in session, you will be emailed a link to upload copies of the following documents to myStatus:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • University of Missouri admission letter

You will also be asked to provide the name, email address and phone number of someone whom we may notify in case of emergency, and to provide the address of where you are living in the U.S.

Transfer students: It may take several days after you check in to receive your new I-20.


How to sign up for a check-in session

  1. Log in to MU Connect. You will need your MU username (PawPrint) — it should be listed in your admission letter. If you have yet to create a university password, do so by accessing myZou. You will need the temporary password that was mailed to you.
  2. Select the “Sign up for a check-in session” link and browse the calendar for available sessions.
  3. Select the “Sign up” link for the date you wish to attend (make sure spots are still available).

An appointment reminder will be sent to your MU email address the day before your check-in session and will include the Zoom link for your session. On your MU Connect profile page, you may add an alternate email address, as well as a cell phone number for receiving appointment reminders.


Mandatory health screening

All new international students are required to complete a health screening at the Student Health Center. You must take your immunization records with you to the screening.

After your check-in session, a representative from the Student Health Center will contact you to schedule your health screening. If you need to change your screening appointment, you must call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481. A registration hold preventing future enrollment will be placed on your student account until you have completed your health screening.

Divisional orientation for undergraduate students

You should plan to meet with your academic division during Welcome Week. 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? Select 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 ISRO.

MyMathTest assessment for undergraduate students

In order to enroll in a Department of Mathematics course, you must meet certain criteria. You can determine whether or not you need to complete the MyMathTest 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.

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. However, most new international students will not begin teaching in the first semester.