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Northwest Missouri State University

Procedures and Arrival Information

Preparing for Departure

The closest airport to Maryville is Kansas City International Airport, airport code: MCI. Exchange students will be picked up free of charge at Kansas City airport only.

Remember that airlines allow only 55 pounds/ 25 kilos of luggage per piece. You can take 2 pieces checked and a carry-on, anything extra you will pay excess of luggage. Remember that we will be providing you with linens, towels, telephone and a bed spread, so you don't need to bring these items. For all students staying on campus the university provides you with laptops that you may pick up at the Computer Service Center starting on the second day of orientation. If you wish to bring your own laptop you may do so, however, be aware that there is one available for you. Other items like hair dryers are really cheap at Wal-Mart (Supercenter). European laptops will work with the voltage 110 to 120 V. Pictures of your home country, family pictures, and postcards always come handy when you travel.

Please inform the NWMSU Coordinator of your arrival date and time by submitting the Shuttle Sign-Up Form. 

Arrival to the United States


Getting to Maryville

Upon receipt of the Airport Pick Up Request Form, we will arrange transportation to pick you up at Kansas City International Airport (MCI). When you exit the plane at Kansas City, look for the signs: "Welcome International Students" or "Welcome to the USA", a Northwest staff member or orientation leader will be there to get you at your gate.

Getting Settled in Maryville

Once you arrive in Maryville from the bus or taxi provided you will be greeted by one of our BRIDGES. A BRIDGE is a student that lives in the Northwest Residence Hallson-campus and is in charge of providing diversity education to Northwest students. This person will show you to your room and get you settled in for the night. As an exchange student, we will provide you with a pillow, a blanket, top and bottom sheets, pillowcase, bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth. These items will need to be returned at the end of your stay.

Remember that all forms and documents have to be mailed to the Study Abroad Office:

Study Abroad Office
Northwest Missouri State University
International Involvement Center
108 Owens Library
800 University Drive
Maryville, Missouri
64468 USA

Phone: +1-660-562-1367

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