University of Missouri
University ofecho

International Students

International students should contact the International Center  for information regarding check in and registering for orientation.

Attending orientation and checking-in at the MU International Center ensures that your student immigration status is electronically verified  and activated as required by federal immigration regulations.

New Student Checklist

  • Currently residing outside of the US: F-1 and J-1 Freshman international students are required to complete International Student Registration and Orientation (ISRO) and attend International Student Welcome.
  • Attending US High School or Intensive English Program: F-1 and J-1 Freshman international students are required to complete International Student Registration and Orientation (ISRO) and attend International Student Welcome. You are also invited to attend Summer Welcome.  Please click here to register for Summer Welcome.
  • Transferring from another US College or University: F-1 and J-1 Freshman international students are required to attend International Student Welcome. You are also invited to complete the Transfer Student Registration and Orientation (TSRO) and attend Summer Welcome. Please click here to register for Summer Welcome.


  • Enrollment Fee: All new students must pay an enrollment fee of $300.00 to guarantee a place in their class.
  • myZou user name and Password: Your user name and password will be emailed to you shortly after you have been admitted.  If you have only given an agency email in the past, please contact your Admissions Evaluator with your personal email as soon as possible.
  • Enrollment: Once your scores for the ELSP and ALEKS assessments are evaluated, you must meet with your academic advisor to enroll in courses.

  • Housing: Check the Residential Life website to submit a housing contract online as soon as you are admitted.  Once your housing contract is received, you will be able to go online and select your room.  For additional information please email them at reslife@missouri.edu or by calling their office at 573-882-7275.

  • Immigration Documents: The International Center issues immigration documents and provides a welcome packet for all newly admitted undergraduate and transfer international students.  Information about orientation will be included in that packet.  You may contact them at (573) 882-6007 or by email at isss@missouri.edu, if you have questions regarding your immigration status.

  • Final Transcript: Please arrange for the International Admissions Office, 230 Jesse Hall, to receive an official, final transcript from your high school including graduation date and/or the separate graduation diploma.  You can bring it to their office in a sealed envelope once you arrive on campus, or it may be sent directly from the school.
  • Immunization Records: MU requires all students to comply with a mandatory immunization policy, so please bring your medical records, in English, with you to campus.  For more information about these requirements, visit studenthealth.missouri.edu or email immunizations@health.missouri.edu.  The phone number is (573) 882-4661.

  • ELSP Exam: All new degree-seeking International undergraduate students are required to take the MU English Language Support Program exam before they register for classes.  This test helps MU place students in the correct level of English classes.  You may sign up for the exam either at the new student orientation or at the ELSP Office in Room 208 McReynolds Hall after you arrive at MU in August.
  • ALEKS Exam: All new degree-seeking international undergraduate students who plan to take a math department course at the level of Math 1500 or below are required to take the ALEKS Exam before registering for classes.  Please review the Math Placement Website for more information.
  • Enrollment: Once your scores for the ELSP and ALEKS assessments are evaluated, you must meet with your academic advisor to enroll in courses.


For more information for newly admitted international students, please go to the International Center’s website, Click Here.

International Center                                     Office Hours:
N52 Memorial Union                                    Monday through Friday
Columbia, MO 65211                                      8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Phone: (573) 882-6007
Fax: (573-882-3223

Email:  ISSS@missouri.edu
Website:  http://international.missouri.edu