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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

International Student Advisor Report View PDF

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 and we can help you by deferring your attendance by one semester or intake. If you need to request a deferral of your Form I-20 and acceptance letter, please follow the steps below:

  1. Email the Admissions Office ( for undergraduate students or the Graduate Office( for graduate students.
  2. In the email, state your full name, Northwest ID, intent to defer your attendance, and which term you want to defer.  You will also need to include your current mailing address and if you have been attending another college/university in the United States.
  3. Submit the $35 deferral fee. View your payment options »
  4. Once this information is received, a new Form I-20 and acceptance letter will be mailed.

How do I make payment?

Methods of Payment

Wire Transfer

Northwest Missouri State University has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the tuition payment process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency.

By making your payment with peerTransfer you can:

    • Track your payments from start to finish
    • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
    • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

To make the payment:

    • Option 1: Log into your CatPAWS account and click on ‘International Tuition payment’ under the account tab OR
    • Option 2: Parents or other Third parties can go to: to begin the payment process.

If you have questions about making an international payment visit


Pay by check or bank draft in US dollars, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University.  You can also pay online by webcheck which is an electronic debit to your US checking or savings account.

Credit Card

Northwest accepts MasterCard,  VISA, Discover, and American Express online only.  A 2.75% convenience fee will be added to the payment amount.

PIN Debit

Smaller payment amounts can be made in the Cashiering office using a debit card with a PIN.

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.'

Airport Shuttle Sign-Up

Student Type Arrival Date
Undergraduate August 26, 2105
Graduate August 23, 2015
ESL August 26, 2015
Exchange August 26, 2015

We do NOT allow late arrivals, so please plan accordingly.

A Northwest Missouri State University representative will greet you when you arrive at the airport.  If someone is not there, please make your way to Terminal C, Gate 90 where another Northwest representative will be located, as well as additional international students meeting the shuttle. 

Schedule Your Ride from the Airport


If you are unable to arrive on the specified arrival days, you may contact Yates Limousine to transport you to the University from the airport. You can contact them by email at or by calling (816) 617-8717. There is a $120.00 charge for this service, payable directly to the driver.