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Future International Students


How to Apply

Application Deadlines

For Summer 2022

  • Enrollment in the Master's programs in Applied Computer Science and Information Systems is open to students who have previously been accepted. Please contact the Graduate Office at to defer your acceptance to Summer 2022.
  • For all other programs, students should enroll during the fall or spring semester.

For students applying from their home country, the application and documentation must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the deadline noted. Applications not complete by the deadline will be considered for the next admission session. These deadlines allow for the evaluation of transcripts for admission and for transfer of credit, review of graduate applications by the respective departments, time to process, send and receive an I-20 and time for the student to obtain a visa.

Which semester are you enrolling? Application Deadline Document Deadline
Fall (August) Semester June 15 July 1
Spring (January) Semester November 1 November 15

For students transferring from a school within the U.S., the application and documentation must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the deadline noted below. Applications not complete by the deadline will be considered for the next admission session.

Which semester are you enrolling? Application Deadline Document Deadline
Fall (August) Semester July 15 August 1
Spring (January) Semester November 15 December 1

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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

Early University Program (Dual Credit)

Northwest's Early University Program is designed for students who would like to complete traditional college core curriculum requirements while still in secondary school. Students can finish a college degree faster, at a significantly discounted rate, and continue to earn secondary school credit.

2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students who meet requirements are eligible to take Northwest's Early University Program classes.

Early University Program Information 

Applying for a Visa

I Got My F-1 Visa, Now What?

  • Complete the housing application through your CatPAWS account
    • Freshmen, under the age of 21, are required to live on campus for the first year
  • Complete the Health History Form View PDF and email it to the University Wellness Center at 

Entering the United States

Certificate of Eligibility

A student's Certificate of Eligibility will be the Form I-20 for students on an "F" visa. .

A Form I-20 is used to apply for a student visa in the F category. Please review your Form I-20 to ensure that the information is correct and complete using the guidelines below. If information needs to be changed or added, please contact the International Involvement Center office that issued your document.

United States Entry Procedures

F student visa holders may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their certificates of eligibility.

All students must arrive prior to the mandatory international orientation session. Please notify the International Involvement Center as soon as possible if you will not be able to enter the U.S. in time to attend orientation due to visa processing delays.

When you arrive in the U.S., officers from Customs and Border Protection will review your documents and ask you questions at the port of entry before they admit you into the country.

Have the following documents ready for the CBP officer to review:

  • Passport & Visa. A passport is a biographical booklet issued by a national government to its citizens to allow for travel to other countries and return to their home countries. Make sure your passport is valid and will not expire soon. The CBP officer will review your passport and student visa. He/she will then stamp your passport to indicate the date and place that you arrived in the U.S.
  • Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). The CBP officer may stamp and make a notation on this document. You must show CBP the Form I-20 for the school you plan to attend. If you applied to multiple schools in the U.S., you must show the I-20 that lists the school you actually plan to attend.

CBP has the authority to deny admission into the U.S. If you have difficulties crossing the U.S. border, please call the International Involvement Center and ask to speak with an international student adviser.

International Involvement Center
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After business hours


Note: You might have your fingerprints taken at the U.S. border.
Note: Entry procedures are different for citizens of Canada.

What to Bring

  • Bring medications you use, including extra prescription lenses or contacts.
  • Be sure to pack light because if you forget things you can purchase them when you arrive. Refer The Study Abroad Blog for tips on packing.
  • Plan to bring clothes for at least the fall and you will want to have at least a coat or light jacket to start with. You can buy other clothing items after you arrive.
  • Be sure to include your name and new address on your bags.
  • You may want to consider bringing recipe of native foods, small souvenirs from your country, a camera, cultural clothing your favorite music, and photos from home.
  • It is recommended that you pack your valuable items and documents in a carry on flight and carry your immigration document on your person during your flight. Do NOT place your Form I-20 in your checked luggage.
  • Do not pack weapons, electrical appliances, important items that might be lost or stolen, candles or incense, animals, illegal drugs, fresh food. Refer to the Transportation Security Administration to find out what is acceptable.

Defer Attendance

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

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

Tuition & Fees

Health Insurance

Health insurance

Health care in the U.S. is a private system. To make sure you are able to cover any medical expenses and satisfy legal requirements, Northwest Missouri State University requires all international students to purchase LewerMark Student Medical Insurance, provided through the University.

Enrollment in LewerMark Student Medical Insurance is for the fall semester from August 15 through December 31; enrollment for the spring/summer semester is from January 1 through August 14. Dental and vision insurance are not included in the medical insurance. Students who want to purchase dental and/or vision insurance can do so at for an additional cost.

For more information about LewerMark Student Medical Insurance, to print your ID card or to find a doctor in the area, view the LewerMark International Student Health Insurance Plan Brochure 

For information about how LewerMark Student Insurance covers COVID-19, please go to

Enrollment and Billing

International students will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory insurance plan when they register for any number of credit hours and will be charged for the coverage on their Northwest student account.


Northwest has a "hard-waiver" policy that strictly limits waivers of the mandatory insurance enrollment for international students. Only the following exceptions are allowed.

  • Students participating in the ISEP exchange program
  • Short term non-degree programs,
  • Government sponsored students (i.e. SACM or Fulbright)

To successfully request a waiver of the Northwest-sourced medical insurance, a student must meet one of the above requirements. If you do, submit a request for an insurance waiver, with supporting documentation to the International Involvement Center.

Airport Shuttle

International Student Arrival

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

  • Airport Shuttle Reservation can be made through the Pre-Arrival Orientation that is emailed to students who have received their visa 
  • SHUTTLE SIGN-UP DEADLINE: 5:00 PM on Friday, April 29, 2022 
  • Students who do NOT make a reservation will wait until there is an available seat.
  • Students who make a reservation, do not use the shuttle, AND do not notify University officials will be charged $25.

Students arriving on other dates will be responsible for arranging their own transportation, at their own expense. The airport is 125 kilometers from the University. 

Local transportation providers: 

  • Yates Limo Service at a rate of $135 cash payable at the time of pick up. This service can be arranged by calling +1.816.364.3407 or by emailing
  • Northwest Taxi is $100-$125, payable in cash at the time of service, depending on the number of passengers. This service can be arranged by calling +1.660.254.2958 or by emailing
  • A list of shuttle providers can be found at

International Student Orientation

The International Involvement Center provides a mandatory orientation program to give new international students essential information for their time at Northwest. Students are required to check in with the International Involvement Center and attend the International Student Orientation. Students will be required to complete the check-in, orientation, and the health screening at the University Wellness Center before attending in-person classes.

International Student Orientation Schedules

International Student Orientation will take place from May 5 - 9, 2022. Schedules coming soon...

Mandatory International Student Health Screenings

All new international students will complete a health screening at the University Wellness Center. You are required to bring your immunization records or completed Physician Letter and your health history forms to the screening.

Freshmen Assessments for Course Placement

All freshmen are required to complete the math placement exam and writing challenge prior to enrollment. There is no fee or registration to take the assessments. These assessments help us determine your proficiency to ensure you are placed in the appropriate course level. These assessments are available to accepted freshmen through Northwest Online.

Additional Resources

Computing Support

  • Online
  • Phone/Email: Information Technology-Client Computing Help Desk at 660.562.1634

Email Access

Northwest Missouri State University provides email services to faculty, staff and students.

Access Northwest Email

Northwest provides electronic mail services to faculty and staff through an in-house Microsoft Exchange service. While students have a separate email service through Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service.


The Cat Personal Access to Web Services program (CatPAWS) is a web-based program that allows students to enroll in classes, drop or add classes, and view their bill. CatPAWS can be accessed either from the Quick Tools drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Access CatPAWS

  • Accessing
  • Logging on
  • Enrollment Verification
  • Changing Personal Information
  • Student Services/Financial Aid
    • Add/drop courses
    • Course Schedule
    • Paying bill
    • Checking grades


myNorthwest is a web portal that provides a number of services designed to help students, faculty and staff interact more effectively with Northwest resources, including:

Access myNorthwest

  • Northwest Online - access to your online course site.
  • Email - myNorthwest provides a link to your Web-based e-mail.
  • University Calendar - myNorthwest provides a link to the University's Calendar of Events.
  • Group Studio - Create online groups containing resources like photo albums, Internet links, news articles and applications like message boards and chat rooms.
  • Administrative Services - myNorthwest allows you access to various administrative services such as the ability to check grades, register for classes, change the personal information that your institution maintains about you, etc.

myNorthwest allows you to customize your user layout to add, remove and rearrange channels. Every time you log into myNorthwest, your tab and channel preferences are preserved.

To get on to the myNorthwest web portal, login with your Northwest username and password from the Bearcat Login page.

A how-to-guide of basic myNorthwest features and how to access those features:

  • myNorthwest Web Portal View PDF

Degree Audit

DegreeWorks is a web-based tool to help students and advisors monitor student progress toward degree completion. Degree Audit combines Northwest Missouri State University's degree requirements and the coursework you have completed with an easy-to-read worksheet that helps you see how courses that you have completed count toward degree requirements, and what courses and requirements you still need to complete. Degree Audit can be accessed through your myNorthwest account. 

Read more about Degree Audit program »

Northwest Online

Northwest Online is an online extension of Northwest Missouri State University that offers courses and degrees through the Internet.

Access Northwest Online

All online courses are offered through Northwest Online. Additionally, some onsite courses offer course material through Northwest Online.

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