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Northwest Missouri State University

Future International Students


Thank you for your interest in Northwest Missouri State University. For admission questions, please email


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How to apply

Northwest Missouri State University is moderately selective, regional, public university. We offer true value with our admission-based scholarships.  To apply and find the necessary documents for admission, please visit our admissions website »


All documents must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission.

Fall Admission - July 1
Spring Admission - November 1
Summer Admission - April 1

Transferring to Northwest from another U.S. school?

If you are transferring to Northwest from another U.S. institution, please follow the admissions process. You will also need to submit the International Student Advisor Report View PDF as part of your admission application. If you have questions about this process, please contact our admissions office at

I have my I-20, now what?

I got my F-1 visa, now what?

What to bring

  • New, old, & duplicate I-20s
  • Passport & visa
  • Immunization records
  • Pack clothing according to Missouri Weather

Defer attendance

If you need to request a deferral to next available intake:

  1. Email for undergraduate deferral and graduate deferral
  2. Submit the $50 deferral fee
  3. Please allow 10-14 days for processing

Tuition & fees

Health insurance

  • Do NOT purchase health insurance from your country to cover your studies at Northwest
  • Travel insurance to cover airline changes, lost baggage, cancellations and delays is suitable to cover your travel here.
  • All international students at Northwest Missouri State University will be charged for the university-sourced International Student Plan upon enrollment.
  • Insurance is billed in the fall and spring semester.
  • Students in participating in the ISEP exchange program, short term non-degree programs, and government sponsored students (i.e. SACM or Fulbright) need to report to International Programs to provide proof of coverage to the International Programs Office prior to classes starting.
  • Student insurance is administered through LewerMark Student Medical Insurance

Airport shuttle sign-up

Student Type Arrival Date
Graduate Sunday, August 20, 2017
Undergraduate Monday, August 21, 2017
Northwest Direct Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Exchange Wednesday, August 23, 2017
  • DEADLINE: 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 15
  • A University representative will be at the airport Monday through Wednesday, to meet you.
  • ALL students will meet at Terminal C, Gate 90 until the designated shuttle time.
  • Students who do NOT make a reservation will wait until there is an available seat.


Schedule Your Ride from the Airport


If you arrive prior to the designated arrival day, you may contact Yates Limousine to transport you to the University, from the airport.  You can contact this service by email at or by calling (816) 617-8717. There is a $130 charge for this service, payable directly to the driver.

International Retention Policy

To increase the retention of international students, the University has developed a plan to assess student’s abilities and needs in a number of areas, to encourage student success.  The following are used to determine a student’s course load:

  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Math placement exam
  • Writing challenge exam
  • College Student Inventory

After assessing this criteria, you may be enrolled in less than 12 credit hours.  This plan is permitted for students having difficulty with the English language or who are unfamiliar with American teaching methods in their first semester.  Students can be authorized in SEVIS for a reduced course load, which is in compliance with international student immigration regulations.  For information on this regulation, please read  8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(iii).

There are several benefits to this approach:

  • You can take time to understand the educational system.
  • Improve your English proficiency and assimilate to the Northwest community.
  • Become familiar with academic support services to ensure your success.
  • You will be placed in classes designed by professors who understand the specific needs of international students to achieve higher grades.

Orientation Schedules

NOTE: Fall 2017 schedules will be uploaded at a future date