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Academic credential standards:

  • Documents to submit: Submit all documents which apply to your educational history.
  • To be admissible:
    • You must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) on all previous college work for undergraduate admission.
    • Southeast will consider for admissions an international transfer applicant who does not meet standard admission requirement under certain conditions.
    • Graduate applicants please refer to the following link for specific GPA requirements: http://www.semo.edu/gradschool/checklist.html. You may also refer to the Graduate Bulletin for specific program admission requirements. 
    • To be Official: 
      • Transcripts must be an original or photocopy stamped/signed by a school official, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, or other government authority.  Attestations by notary publics are NOT accepted.
      • Transcripts can be mailed to Southeast either by the applicant OR directly by the issuing body.
      • Southeast will not review photocopies, faxes, or scans.
      • Official credential evaluation reports completed by a current member of NACES will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts, if the evaluation indicates that it was based on official transcripts
      • Transcripts from U.S. or Canadian schools must be sent to us directly from the school.
      • Official transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a Certified English Translation.This must be provided by a translation agency and stamped by a qualified translator.
  • If you do not list all schools on your application, you will be expelled, denied admission, or refused transfer credit. 
  • You will be denied admission or expelled if you send falsified transcripts or any other documents.
  • Transcript Retention Policy:  All transcripts will be destroyed after they are scanned into our university database. Hence, do not send us your only copy.
  • Address for Transcripts and other application Materials:
    Office of International Education and Services
    Southeast Missouri State University
    One University Plaza, MS 2000,
    Cape Girardeau, Missouri  63701
    Telephone:  1-(573) 986-6863 Email: international@semo.edu

Financial Proof Standards:

Southeast Missouri State University is required by law to verify and retain valid financial information on international applicants who will study on a F-1 or J-1 student visa. This includes proof of funds (Affidavit of Support and Financial Verification) to cover anticipated expenses over the duration of their stay in the U.S. Financial documentation must be submitted along with other application materials in order for us to make an admission decision and issue immigration documents, once admitted if required.

In most cases, the documentation we require will also be required at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for the visa. We recommend the applicant keep a copy of the financial proof submitted to the university for that purpose.

  • The sponsor must verify financial support by completing the affidavit of financial support form at http://semo.edu/intlaffidavit . Here, the sponsor may also upload an original document showing proof of funds (bank statement, financial guarantee, etc.).
  • All financial documentation must be dated within 12 months of applicant’s intended program start date.
  • Financial documentation provided must be equal to or greater than the estimated minimum yearly cost. Please refer to the estimated cost sheet at http://www.semo.edu/sfs/international.html for estimated minimum yearly expenses. All fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents without prior written notice.
  • Student may have multiple sponsors. Student may sponsor themselves.
  • Financial documentation not in English must be accompanied by a Certified English translation. This must be provided by a translation agency and stamped by a qualified translator.
  • Proof of funds must clearly include account holder’s name, document issue date, available balance and currency.
  • You will be denied admission or expelled if you send falsified bank statements or any other documents

Translation Standards:

  • Southeast Missouri State University requires official English translations for all documents issued in a foreign language.
  • The official translation must be in the same format as the original document.
  • English translations must be provided by a translation agency and stamped by a qualified translator.
  • English translations that are provided by other students, friends, or family members will not be accepted.
  • Official Credential evaluation reports can be used as English translations of official transcripts.

Translation service recommendations:

You are not required to use any of these translation agencies. There are many translation services available.

  1. US Translation company https://ustranslation.com/
  2. Translation cloud http://translation-cloud.com
  3. International Education Evaluation, Inc. www.foreigntranscripts.com

Fall Semester - June 1st
Spring Semester - October 1st
Summer Semester - April 1st (IEP Only)*

Graduate students please check to see if your program has early application deadlines here: http://www.semo.edu/gradschool/fs/deadlines.html.

*Students taking undergraduate or graduate courses may only apply for spring or fall. Any summer IEP student who submits a passing English proficiency test score may begin degree studies only in the following spring or fall term.

We do not guarantee offering an acceptance letter or issuing the I-20/DS 2019 after these dates.  However, late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.



International Center
International Education and Services
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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