Application Requirements

Southeast Missouri State University welcomes international students to the campus. Approximately five percent of Southeast's enrollment is international students representing more than 40 countries.

Application Checklist:

  • Complete the Application for International Student Admission
  • Submit the application fee by credit card, check or money order
  • Submit official college transcripts (or certified copies when duplicate originals are not possible)
  • Submit the standardized test scores (if applicable)
  • Proof of sufficient command of English language
  • Financial support statements
  • Other information as required by the Graduate Bulletin

Priority Application Deadlines

Language Proficiency

You must demonstrate adequate English proficiency to successfully pursue graduate-level course work by:

Completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 79 (550) or better OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0 or better


Satisfactorily completing one year of degree-seeking coursework at a U.S. college or university


All international students are required to attend an orientation session held the week prior to the start of classes. (Note: graduates of Southeast may request an exemption.) There will be a $65 charge for the orientation program. For more information, visit the Office of International Education & Services web site.

Financial Responsibility & Estimated Expenses

The U.S. Immigration Service and University require that international students provide evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay the full cost of tuition, general fees, room and board, textbooks, insurance and incidental expenses. An affidavit of support from the student's sponsor and a verified bank statement is required. For admission purposes, students must be able to show ample funds for the first year of study.


You must submit an official transcript(s) (marksheets) of your baccalaureate and graduate record from all colleges attended showing the courses taken, grades earned, rank in class, grade point average, and class or division earned if applicable. If the original is in a foreign language, an English translation must be provided. The applicant will be notified when the evaluation is complete.

Health Insurance

Due to the increasing cost of healthcare in the US, international students are required to purchase health insurance through the University upon their arrival (please see "Living Expenses: Health Insurance" information here). The policy starts at the beginning of the semester and will be billed to your student account by the first week of class.


International students without prior educational experience in the United States may not be awarded a teaching assistantship until one semester in residence has been completed. In addition, the potential graduate teaching assistant must demonstrate oral language proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on the SPEAK test. For more information...


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School of Graduate Studies
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701