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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
    USA
    Telephone:  1-(573) 986-6863 Email: international@semo.edu
Academic Transcript Requirements by Country

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 Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of Finances 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.

In most cases, the financial information 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 documentation submitted to the university for that purpose.

  • The sponsor must verify financial support by completing the affidavit of financial support form and emailing the completed form to international@semo.edu. The sponsor must also attach a proof of finances (ex. bank statement, financial guarantee) to verify my capability to provide this amount.
  • 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 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. Account holder's name must match sponsor name on Affidavit of Financial Support.
  • 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 - July 1st
Spring Semester - November 1st
Summer Semester - April 1st (IEP Only)*

Graduate students please check to see if your program has early application deadlines.

*Students seeking admission for Bachelor's or Master's may only apply for Spring (January) or Fall (August) entry terms. 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.

 

Three days after an international applicant is admitted, SEMO will ship their admission packet to them through United States Postal Service (USPS) regular international mail. With this service, admission packets typically arrive within two weeks of being shipped. (Please note: there is no tracking service available for this delivery method.)

However, if someone needs to receive their admission packet sooner, they can elect to pay for an express mailing service that allows them to receive their packet in three to five days. Express shipping requests must be done within three days of notice of admission, otherwise the admission materials will be sent by regular international USPS mail. To request express mailing of your documents, go to the University Express Mail Services website. A credit card is required to order this service (Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards only).

To receive the lowest possible price for express shipping, please be sure to use the University Express Mail Services website. Do not go through any of the carriers' websites directly.

To use this service, you will be required to create your own user account. To request a shipment, you will need your mailing address, an e-mail address, phone number and credit card information. You may request a shipment either to your foreign address, or to a U.S. contact address. If your documents will be sent to a U.S. contact address, please include the name of the person at that address.

Please pay close attention to the information you are entering into the system. Any errors or incomplete information about the credit card, contact information or address information may result in a delay.

If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link in the website for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please e-mail support@eshipglobal.com.

Instructions for using the University Express Mail Service:
To recieve your admission packet from SEMO:

  1. Within three days of the notice of your admission, go to University Express Mail Services
  2. Register and activate your account at University Express Mail Services. Registration and activation of your account is free.
  3. Click the “Receive” option.
  4. Type “Missouri” in the search box, or select it from the drop down list.
  5. Select “Southeast Missouri State University,” then "Continue."
  6. Select “International Admissions,” then "Continue."
  7. Complete the shipping form and select "Continue."
    Note:PO Box addresses are generally not preferred by express carriers. If entering a PO Box address, be sure you provide the complete physical address where the PO Box is located in order to avoid delays or misdeliveries.
  8. On the confirmation page, check your shipment details.
  9. On the same page, complete the credit card information form.
  10. Select "Confirm" to advance to the shipment summary page.
  11. SEMO will automatically be notified by University Express Mail Services (eShipGlobal) that you have requested your documents via express mail. You can track the shipment using the tracking number provided.
  12. Receive your documents 3-5 business days from the date of mailing.

To send admissions documents to SEMO:

  1. Go to University Express Mail Services
  2. Register and activate your account at University Express Mail Services.
  3. Select the "Send" option.
  4. Type “Missouri” in the search box, or select it from the drop down list.
  5. Select “Southeast Missouri State University,” then "Continue."
  6. Select “International Admissions,” then "Continue."
  7. Complete the shipping form and select "Continue."
  8. Print airway receipt and label, prepare the package, and take it to FedEx, UPS or DHL office nearest to you.

As a transfer student,

Admission: Your admission will be based onyour overall academic background.

Transfer credit: A detailed evaluation of your previous academic coursework is conducted by the Office of the Registrar. This evaluation determines the credits that will transfer towards your degree at Southeast and a transfer GPA. This process can take 2-4 weeks.

Scholarship: We will evaluate your eligibility for a merit scholarship based on this transfer GPA.

Mailing process:

  1. We can issue your I-20 without any scholarship information
    1. You may pay for express shipping
    2. We will mail it by regular untrackable mail
  2. We can wait to issue your I-20 and determine your eligibility for a merit scholarship based on your transfer GPA, once your transfer credit is reviewed. Remember, this process can take up to 4 weeks.
    1. You may pay for express shipping
    2. We will mail it by regular untrackable mail

Contact

573.986.6863
international@semo.edu
International Center
International Education and Services
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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