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- Am I an international student?
- Academic programs and opportunities
- Admissions requirements
- English language requirements
- How to apply
- International transfer students
- International costs and scholarships
- College/university credit
- After admission
- General questions
Am I an international student?
Anyone who needs a visa to enter the United States is considered an international student. Permanent Residents (green card holders) are processed as domestic students.
You will apply as a U.S. student. Please visit the Apply page for information on applying as a domestic student.
If you have dual citizenship and the U.S. is one of the countries, indicate ‘U.S. Citizen’ and you will be processed as a domestic student. If the U.S. is not one of your citizenship countries, please select the country whose passport you’ll be using to apply for your visa.
Academic Programs and Opportunities
Mizzou offers more than 300 degree programs including nearly 100 undergraduate majors. Explore our undergraduate programs at majors.missouri.edu.
Yes. We offer a number of fully online bachelor’s degree programs through Missouri Online. Visit online.missouri.edu to explore our online programs.
Non-degree-seeking and exchange students are most often placed to study at MU through their current institution. Please contact the International Affairs or Global Office on your campus to see if there is a program in place with Mizzou. If not, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore your options.
Mizzou offers both an official pre-law emphasis in our political science major and a non-degree pre-law designation which provides resources dedicated to helping interested students pursue admission into law school. There is no particular major required for admission to law school, but some common majors for pre-law students include political science, history, philosophy, English, sociology, economics, business, criminal justice, mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry, theatre, and music. It is recommended that students interested in applying to law school take courses that will challenge their reading and writing skills and analytical thought processes.
While pre-medicine is not an official degree program, Mizzou’s MedOpp Advising Office has resources dedicated to helping students pursue admission to medical school. Medical schools accept applicants with a variety of majors which include everything from music to engineering; however, most students choose a Mizzou major with degree program requirements that overlap with requirements for medical school such as biological sciences, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, biological engineering, nutrition & exercise physiology, psychology, and health sciences.
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Yes — eligible students are highly encouraged to apply to the Honors College. The Honors College seeks to serve a diverse group of students who are academically talented and highly accomplished so they can become engaged in the pursuit of life-long, interdisciplinary learning. Learn more at honors.missouri.edu/admission.
Yes! Mizzou believes in hands-on learning as the best way to prepare students for life after college. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to take part in world-class research during their time at Mizzou. Visit our Hands-On Learning page to find out more.
Yes. Mizzou’s Graduate School offers masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. Visit gradschool.missouri.edu to see a full list of advanced degree programs.
You will need to submit:
- Official Academic Records: including transcripts from all high schools attended (9th-12th grades, or equivalent) and/or transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Diplomas (National, IGCSE, IB, AP,…)
- English proficiency exam scores
SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission consideration, but they are preferred for scholarship consideration.
Find more details about required materials on our International Admission Requirements page.
No, we do not require any materials beyond what is listed on the Application Materials page. Admission to the MU Honors College or consideration for some scholarships may require additional materials, and you will be notified if that is the case.
SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission consideration, but they are recommended for scholarship consideration.
If you have taken the SAT or ACT exam and feel your scores would enhance your overall profile, submit your official scores to be included in your scholarship review.
You are welcome to submit IGCSE and A Levels. We will be looking for five passing subjects in IGCSE with a grade of C or better and three passing subjects in A Levels with a grade of C or better.
In order to be considered official, national examination certificates must be submitted directly by the testing agency, verifiable high school counselor, or verifiable school registrar. High school officials may send results to email@example.com. Emailed results from students or parents are not accepted as official.
However, International Admissions can verify official scores for certain examinations (e.g., WAEC) based on specific documentation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not certain about the process specific to your exam.
English Language Requirements
International students are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an approved English proficiency exam score. Complete details are available on our English language requirements page.
We accept the following exams to demonstrate English proficiency: Duolingo English Test, TOEFL iBT, IELTS, IGCSE English, IB English A (HL), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), and Cambridge English C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency. Please note Mizzou does not accept the TOEFL Essentials (formerly TOEFL at Home) or the IELTS Online. Additional details, including minimum scores required, can be found on our English language requirements page.
We do not accept the SAT or ACT for English proficiency. Please review the question above and visit our English language requirements page for a list of exams we accept.
- Duolingo: Request to have your official Duolingo English Test scores sent from Duolingo. Information about sending your scores can be found on the Duolingo website.
- TOEFL: Email a PDF copy of your test score report to email@example.com and International Admissions will attempt to verify official scores with ETS. Alternatively, request to have your official TOEFL results sent to us from ETS. Our college code is 6875. Information about sending your scores can be found on the TOEFL website.
- IELTS: Email a PDF copy of your test score report to firstname.lastname@example.org and International Admissions will attempt to verify official scores with IELTS. Alternatively, request to have your official IELTS scores sent to us from IELTS. More information on sending your results is available on the IELTS website.
- If you took a different exam, please email email@example.com for guidance.
- Freshmen: For students who have attended secondary school in the U.S. for at least 3 years AND have an SAT score of 550 English or ACT English score of 25, we can waive the English language requirement on a case-by-case basis after an individualized review.
- Transfers: International transfer students can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting evidence of having completed 24 or more transferable credits from an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary institution in the U.S. at the time of application. However, the College of Education and Human Development, School of Journalism, and School of Nursing still require submission of an English proficiency exam that is not older than two years.
For students with English exam scores below our minimum requirements, there are options available through our Center for English Language Learning.
- The Academic Integration @ Mizzou (AIM) program supports international students who are ready for academic work but do not quite meet the minimum English language requirements.
- The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Mizzou offers full-time, English-language instruction. The IEP is for students who do not meet minimum English language requirements for admission, or for any student who wishes to study English as a second language.
Yes. If you meet all of Mizzou’s admission requirements except for the English language requirement, the International Admissions Office will give you a letter of conditional admission to Mizzou AND automatic admission to the MU Intensive English Program (IEP). Learn more about conditional admission at international.missouri.edu.
To apply for conditional admission, students should apply to MU as an international student. If a student meets MU’s admission requirements except for the English language requirement, the Office of International Admissions will provide a letter of conditional admission and the student will be offered automatic admission to the Intensive English Program. This conditional admission letter will state that the student must satisfy the English requirement by obtaining the required score or by obtaining a verification of language readiness for academic work from the IEP.
The Provost’s International English Scholarship (PIES) provides a scholarship to any international student that completes the MU Intensive English Program (IEP) and continues on to undergraduate study at Mizzou. The amount of the scholarship will be equal to all tuition and fees that you pay during your time in the IEP. Learn more at international.missouri.edu.
How to Apply
Applying to Mizzou is an easy process. Start by reviewing the international application steps on our How to Apply page. Then submit our online application and pay the $65 application fee.
Our fall term applications open August 1. Our spring term applications open May 1. We recommend applying at least six months prior to the start of your entry term. However, please be aware of deadlines that might be relevant to you which would require you to submit your application earlier.
Mizzou practices rolling admissions and does not use Early Action or Early Decision deadlines. Applicants can typically expect an admission decision within five business days of their application materials being received. Our soft deadline for the fall semester is June 1.
Scholarship deadlines are December 1 for competitive and departmental scholarships and March 1 for International Admissions scholarships.
We accept either our Mizzou Application or the Common Application. We have no preference on which of these applications you choose to submit.
You can find information on required materials in the Admission Requirements section of this page, and on our International Admissions Requirements page.
Your unofficial transcripts can be emailed as PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please request your official test scores to be sent from their respective testing services, if applicable.
- SAT: If you plan to send your SAT scores, please send through College Board (SAT) using our institution code: 006875.
- ACT: If you plan to send your ACT scores, please send through ACT using our institution code: 2382.
- TOEFL: Email a PDF copy of your test score report to email@example.com and International Admissions will attempt to verify official scores with ETS. Alternatively, request to have your official TOEFL results sent to us from ETS. Our college code is 6875.
- Duolingo: Scores can be sent from your Duolingo account to the University of Missouri.
- IELTS: Email a PDF copy of your test score report to firstname.lastname@example.org and International Admissions will attempt to verify official scores with IELTS. Alternatively, request to have your official IELTS scores sent to us from IELTS.
Official transcripts should include the equivalent to US grades 9-12. Four years of academic work will be required. The last year of work can be in progress, but transcripts should still include the coursework that the student is currently enrolled in. For students applying from academic systems which comprise three years of secondary school, the final year of work from an official middle school transcript will be required.
An application fee waiver is offered to first-time university students (freshman) who apply within one year of graduating from high school and who have demonstrated financial need through the submission of an approved fee waiver form. See below for the accepted forms and process to submit. We do not offer an application fee waiver to transfer students.
First-time university students (freshman) with demonstrated financial need are eligible to be considered for an application fee waiver through the submission of a completed ACT, SAT, or NACAC fee waiver form. Your high school counselor or other school official can download one of linked forms, complete it, and email it to us at email@example.com. The completed form must be sent directly by your high school counselor. We do not accept forms sent by students.
We will evaluate all international transcripts in-house, and we will convert grades from any educational system into an equivalent U.S. grade point average (GPA). You will not be required to do this yourself. MU does not accept transcript evaluations from any external credential evaluation services.
If your school or university has issued your transcript in a language other than English, you must have a certified, literal English translation of your transcripts included in your application documents.
You can check your Application Status Page at any time. If you applied with the Mizzou Application, please use the email address and password you created when submitting your application. If you applied through the Common Application, you should have received an email with information about how to access the application status page.
An admission decision can typically be made in approximately five business days after we have received all required application materials. Processing times can vary depending on the volume of applications received.
International Transfer Students
As a Transfer Student you will need to submit the Mizzou Application.
To be admitted to Mizzou as a transfer student, meet one of the criteria below.
- Have 24 or more completed college-level credits with a 2.5 GPA and either
- a grade of C- or better in a transferable math course (intermediate algebra or higher or statistics) or
- a grade of C- or better in a transferable English composition course (English comp 1 or higher).
- Official academic records: transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- English proficiency exam scores
An international transfer student can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting evidence of having completed 24 or more transferable credits from an accredited two or four-year post-secondary institution in the U.S. at the time of application. The qualifying credit hours must have been completed within the past two calendar years.
The College of Education, School of Journalism, and School of Nursing require submission of an English proficiency exam that is not older than two years.
Transfer credit evaluations are done for students who have been admitted and confirmed their intent to enroll at MU. Once your credits have been posted you will receive an email to view them in your Degree Audit. In the meantime, you can review how some credits will transfer over on our Transfer Course Equivalency site.
International Costs and Scholarships
Estimated costs for international students are listed on our Costs page.
Mizzou offers scholarships for international students that you will be automatically considered for when you apply. Learn more on our International Student Scholarships page.
The Curator’s Grant-in-Aid Scholarship is an award for continuing students. International students are eligible for consideration after completing two regular, full-time semesters at MU.
The Stamps Scholars program at Mizzou is considered a full scholarship. This scholarship is highly competitive and is awarded to a handful of incoming freshman students in the overall applicant pool, including both international and U.S. students.
Mizzou does not offer need-based financial aid for international students. The CSS Profile or other need-based financial aid forms are neither required nor accepted.
For freshman awards, your application will be reviewed holistically in consideration of International Admissions scholarships. SAT or ACT scores are not required but are preferred. You must apply and be admitted by March 1 to be automatically considered for scholarship review.
The Curator’s Grant-in-Aid Scholarship is an award for continuing students. International students are eligible for consideration after completing two regular, full-time semesters at MU.
The Mizzou Alumni Association offers a Global Tiger Scholarship. Learn more on the Mizzou Alumni Association’s scholarship page.
Some students find aid and scholarships through government institutions and agencies. The Institute of International Education (IIE) has a list of current sponsors and partners. Meeting with the nearest Education USA Advising Center can also be helpful for guidance on financing your studies in the U.S.
The MU Athletics Department offers scholarships to student-athletes. All decisions on athletic scholarships are made by the coaching staff of the specific sport and the Athletic Department. Mizzou competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I, which is the highest level of university competition in the U.S. International student athletes selected for athletic scholarships typically compete at the national level in their sport in their home country. Find all of Mizzou’s varsity sports teams at mutigers.com.
Students who obtain strong marks on AP or IB examinations can earn college credit at MU. Please visit our Course Equivalencies and Credits page for details on minimum criteria. Students completing A-Level examinations with C or above may also obtain course credit at MU. For additional questions about A-Levels, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer credit evaluations are done for students who have been admitted and confirmed their intent to enroll at MU. Once your credits have been posted, you will receive an email to view them in your Degree Audit. In the meantime you can review how some credits will transfer over on our Transfer Course Equivalency site.
The National Confirmation Deadline (“Decision Day”) is May 1. You can accept your admission offer after this date, but it is strongly recommended that you accept and pay your enrollment fee before May 1 to make sure your enrollment process goes smoothly.
Yes. Paying your $300 enrollment fee confirms that you will be attending Mizzou. Once it is paid we will process your immigration documents and you will start pre-arrival preparations such as signing up for housing and Orientation.
After your enrollment fee is paid, we will review your immigration materials and issue you a certificate of eligibility, which is used to apply for the appropriate visa status to enter the United States (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019). Learn more on the International Student & Scholar Services site.
Housing is a multi-step process at Mizzou. You will complete each step using the Application Status page. You can learn more about the housing process at housing.missouri.edu.
First-time college students (freshmen) are required to live in university housing their first year. National research shows that freshman students who live in university housing are more successful. We know from our own data that students who live in Residential Life facilities are more likely to stay in school and graduate in four years than students who do not. There are a few exceptions to the housing policy for students who meet certain criteria. Transfer students can decide to live on-campus or off-campus.
Students who currently live in the U.S. and hold visas other than F-1 or J-1 may be eligible to pay the Missouri resident tuition rate. Visit the registrar.missouri.edu/residency to learn about Missouri residency requirements.
International students can work on campus up to 20 hours a week. The $mart Work Mizzou fellowship program provides on-campus employment opportunities for international undergraduate students during their first year at the University of Missouri. In addition to helping cover some student expenses, the program provides an immediate connection within the campus community. You can also explore any on-campus, part-time job openings at hiremizzoutigers.com.
Prior to the start of the semester, you’ll have a one-on-one appointment with an academic advisor from the department that houses your chosen major. Your advisor will ask you about your goals, help you choose classes, and get you registered for your first semester at Mizzou.
You’ll start the process to schedule your advising appointment through your Application Status Page. The first step is to fill out and submit the Academic Advising Appointment Preference Form. This form will be available on your status page after you submit your enrollment fee.
English Language Exam (ELE): All new, degree-seeking international undergraduate students are required to take the MU English Language Exam before they register for classes. This test helps MU place students in the correct level of English classes.
Other exams: All incoming freshmen (including students with IB/AP or dual credit) are required to take a math placement test and the Missouri Civics exam. You’ll complete these placement exams as part of your pre-orientation activities. Learn more about placement tests at newstudent.missouri.edu/placement.
Once you have obtained your visa, you may enter the United States. F and J visa holders may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on their I-20/DS-2019. International students need to be on campus a week prior to the first day of classes to participate in International Student Welcome.
Arrival checklist is available on the International Scholars and Students Services at international.missouri.edu.
MU requires all students to comply with a mandatory immunization policy, so please bring your medical records, in English, with you to campus. Learn about which immunizations are required at wellbeing.missouri.edu.
The University of Missouri allows admitted applicants to delay their first-year application for up to one year. A student who is approved to take a gap year does not need to submit a new application to the Office of Admissions, nor do they need to pay an additional application fee. Visit our Gap Year page for more information.
Please see the Information in Other Languages section of the International Applicants page.
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