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Northwest Missouri State University

Future International Students

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Thanks for your interest in Northwest! Questions? E-mail our office:

Please read the information below to understand how you get a visa, arrange housing, flights, and airport pick up.

Should I apply?

Yes! Northwest Missouri State University offers excellent academic programs in a well respected regional public university at reasonable rates for reasonable people. Costs of attendance and living are arguably the cheapest in the USA for freshmen meeting our Bearcat Break scholarship and for graduate students achieving a 3.3 GPA (see here for more international scholarship information). This means we offer true value to you. You can see how our students have translated their experience into success here.

Admissions requirements are moderately selective. Select the  to learn more about If you are interested in attending Northwest Missouri State University, please fill out the application online, submit all the required documents (documents needed) and also a $50 application fee so that we can start processing your application.


Fall Admission - All required documentation must be received by July 1
Spring Admission - All required documentation must be received by November 15
Summer Admission - All required documentation must be received by April 1

Transferring to Northwest from another US school?

Welcome! We are happy that you have found Northwest and are interested to come here. Please feel free to explore the International Admissions page here to learn more. To transfer, you must apply to Northwest. Once you have been accepted, we will contact you to tell you what needs to be accomplished next. Your current university does not need to assist you to transfer, but we will need a transfer form filled out by your current international office (see below) as part of your application packet. If you have questions about this process, please contact our admissions office at

I have my I-20, now what?

After getting accepted to Northwest Missouri State University, Pay your I-901 fees, print the receipt, make a visa appointment and gather all the documents required for your Visa application.

I got my F1 visa, now what?

Click the appropriate link below for information on how to arrange airport pickup, complete housing application, & health documents:

What to Bring with you to Northwest

  1. New, old, & duplicate I-20s
  2. All immigration documents
  3. Pack clothing according to Missouri Weather


I need to defer my attendance (come next semester). What do I need to do?

We understand plans can change for many reasons (family issues, visa denial, emergency, important life plans, etc.). We can help you by deferring your attendance by one semester or intake. When you plan to come for a later intake period or the following semester, you need to defer your I-20 and acceptance letter. Follow the steps below:

Please contact the Admissions Office ( for undergraduate or the Graduate Office (timmel@nwmissouri.ed) for graduate students to defer your I-20. Include your name, what session you want to defer your attendance, and the address in which to send the new I-20.

Pay a $35 deferral charge (this fee must be paid before the I-20 is sent to you again). You can pay your deferral pay two ways:

  1. Credit cards payments are fastest and cheapest. Click here for information on payment through credit cards or checks.
  2. Wire transfer money to pay deferral fee: go to an international bank and ask to send a money wire: Wire amount to:
    US Bank Maryville South Office Branch
    Address: 1621 S Main
    Maryville, MO 64468
    Telephone: 660-562-2000
    ABA Routing #: 101000187 (Northwest Missouri State University, University Funds)
    Account #: 145592434974 (Local Funds account for Northwest Missouri State University – International)
    Swift Code: USBKUS44IMT.
    Be sure to note your full name and 919# number on the wire.
Once payment is received, your new acceptance letter will sent to the International Office and a new I-20 will be generated and sent with your acceptance letter to the address you noted in your deferral request to the appropriate office.

What are tuition & living expenses?

Northwest offers honest tuition costs at reasonable rates. We pride ourselves on providing clear information for students regarding all costs. If you are deciding which university to attend, you should examine the fees and miscellaneous costs closely to decide the best rate. You can see the estimated costs for international students here:

NOTE: Tuition, on-campus living expenses, and insurance premium are payable during the first week of classes. There is no need to pre-pay tuition. It is recommended to bring half of the tuition and living expenses plus the insurance and fee costs (roughly $11,751.96 for bachelor's students and $6,470.19 for master's students) as a cashiers check made out to Northwest to cover the FIRST trimester of school. A monthly payment program can be arranged upon arrival only. Please note: all trimester tuition and fees are due before a student may enroll in the following trimester.

Health Insurance

FUTURE STUDENTS - IMPORTANT: Do NOT buy health insurance from your country to cover your studies here!

Travel insurance to cover airline changes, lost baggage, cancellations and delays is suitable to cover your travel here, but no other insurance will be accepted to waive the insurance charge.

All international students at Northwest Missouri State University will be charged for the university-sourced International Student Plan administered by SAS upon enrollment.

Coverage is effective until August 15 of the following year for ALL students. Students graduating in December and potential spring semester transfer students, may submit a waiver application to the International Affairs office located in the Intercultural International Center (IIC).

NOTE: Students in exchange programs, short term non-degree programs, and government sponsored students (Finnish, ISEP, Saudi, Swedish) need to report to the IIC to report and file their insurance coverage.

General information

The Student Plan administered by LewerMark is a reasonably-priced group insurance plan with provisions for either individuals or families is negotiated specially through the International Affairs Office. See here for cost and policy information.

Health insurance is necessary to help cover the extremely high cost of medical care in the United States. It is imperative to have resources to cover costs of possible accidents or unexpected illnesses. In addition, international students are strongly advised to provide health insurance for any dependents accompanying them to the United States. Plans also are available for a student¹s spouse and children at additional cost. Students learn about the insurance plan details during orientation and you can learn more at Once you've gone to this page, choose 'Missouri,' then 'Northwest Missouri State University - International Students.'