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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.
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Fall Semester - July 1st
Spring Semester - November 1st
The deadline can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for IEP applicants, students with a visa who are transferring from U.S. institutions, returning students with valid visa, and Web Only applicants.
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.
In response to COVID, we are now permitted to email electronic copies of an admitted student's I-20. The current process is as follows
When an international applicant is admitted, an email will be sent to the email address on file explaining that the admitted student has two admission packet shipping options.
Please kindly note that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance that Form I-20’s must be sent directly to the students. To remain in compliance, we are no longer able to ship multiple Form I-20’s in one package. To initiate shipment of admission packets, admitted students must either create an express label (see option 2 below) or complete an online request form to mail by USPS (see option 1 below).
We will not send any admission packages until we have either received an express shipping label or have been notified by the student to send the package by USPS.
As of now, we are not shipping physical copies of the I-20 via USPS. If you would like a hardcopy of your I-20, you must place an express shipping order at own expense (see OPTION 2 below).
SEMO can ship admission packets to students through United States Postal Service (USPS) regular international mail. With this service, admission packets typically arrive within 4-6 weeks of being shipped. (Please note: there is no tracking service available for this delivery method.) If students chose this option, they will need to complete and submit their request to mail by USPS.
If students need 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. 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 email@example.com.
To receive your admission packet from SEMO:
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.
To send admissions documents to SEMO:
As a transfer student,
Admission: Your admission will be based on your 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.
In a reversal of a previous policy, there currently are no restrictions on applicants from Nepal.