Welcome to Mizzou!

International Student Welcome

International Student and Scholar Services’ mandatory orientation program provides essential information for your time at MU.

  • Sign up for a mandatory check-in session: Required within 30 days of your program start date to maintain your immigration status.
  • Register for the English Language Exam: All new, degree-seeking undergraduate students whose native language is not English are required to take this exam.
  • Attend Welcome Week events: Meet other new Mizzou students and learn about cultural adjustment and academic success at MU.

Welcome Week schedule

Free lunch! Complete the online form by 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 12, and then pick up a boxed lunch on your selected day at the International Center, N52 Memorial Union.

Sign up for lunch

Fall 2021 schedule
Monday, Aug. 16
Undergraduate students: August Welcome (advanced registration required, for degree-seeking students who didn’t complete Summer Welcome)
8:30–10 a.m. Graduate students: New Graduate Student Orientation Online (registration required by 11:59 p.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 12)
Tuesday, Aug. 17
8 a.m.–noon Undergraduate students: English Language Exam 101A McReynolds Hall
10 a.m.–noon Graduate students: Virtual International Student Welcome Zoom (session link)
2:30–4:30 p.m. Undergraduate students: Virtual International Student Welcome Zoom (session link)
Thursday, Aug. 19
8–9:30 p.m. First Roar Meet at Tiger Plaza
Friday, Aug. 20
6–8 p.m. Paint the M Faurot Field
10 p.m.–1 a.m. Midnight BBQ Rollins Street in front of the MU Student Center
Saturday, Aug. 21
10 a.m.–1 p.m. International Field Day Carnahan Quad
8–10:30 p.m. Flick on Faurot: “F9: The Fast Saga” Faurot Field
Sunday, Aug. 22
4–6 p.m. Shakespeare’s Pizza Party 9th Street Alley behind Shakespeare’s
6–7 p.m. Tiger Walk Francis Quad

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 2021 will be offered online July 19–Sept. 3. 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. After 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). Only sign up for one session.

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.

Sign up for a check-in session in MU Connect

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.

English language exam for undergraduate students

All new degree-seeking undergraduate students (freshmen and transfer) are required to take the English Language Exam before registering for classes. This exam is required even if you have already submitted English language proficiency test scores for admission to MU (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo). The exam is administered in person at 9 a.m. the Tuesday before classes begin, and registration is required.

Register for the English Language Exam

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.

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.