All students who wish to study at Southeast Missouri State, but are not US citizens or US permanent residents, are required to submit the following:

Application for International Student Admission

Downloadable Version

Non-refundable Application fee of $40.00 (US Dollars)

Covers processing and mailing of admission documents. You may complete payment in one of the following two ways:

Check or Dollar Draft payable to “Southeast Missouri State University”. Please include the name of the applicant on the check or money order in memo area. To pay your fee online, please use the following link: https://app.semo.edu/sfs/pymt/intlapplfee/.   Please print TWO copies of your confirmation page: one for you to keep and one to include with your application materials.

"Complete transcripts (mark sheets) AND graduation confirmation (degree certificate/diploma)"

For secondary and post-secondary levels AND graduation confirmation. Official copies or certified (true) copies or your original documents are required. If your documents are not in English, you must also provide certified English translations. Post-secondary (college/university) transcripts require course descriptions in English to determine credit transferability (undergraduates only). Course descriptions are NOT required for admission, but they should be sent prior to arrival.  ONLY graduate applicants without 4+ year bachelor’s or previous master’s are required to submit a WES evaluation.

Affidavit of Support and Financial Verification (Item no. 13 on application)

Financial documents must be dated within 12 months of the date of application.You will be held personally responsible for all expenses you incur while in school at Southeast, even if you are sponsored by another person or agency. You will be required to prove your financial ability to the U.S. Consulate in order to be approved for your visa. Southeast Missouri State University has no federal or state funds which are available to foreign students as mandated by law.

Verification of English Proficiency

(not required for Intensive English Program or conditional admission)
Applicants must meet one of the two options:

  1. Option 1: Submit an official proficiency score appropriate to your level: (TOEFL school code: 6655). To be followed by Table as in attachment:

    Program Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) Paper TOEFL IELTS Academic Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic iTEP
    Intensive English Program Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
    Undergraduate 61 500 5.5** 45 3.7
    Graduate 79 550 6.0 53 3.9

    For more information on test dates, locations and cost, please visit the following websites:  TOEFL or IELTS or PTE

  2. Option 2: Applicants in good standing who have completed at least one academic year of full-time degree studies at an accredited American university or college may be considered for a waiver of the English language requirement.

    Option 3: Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification. Applicants with 2.5 or better GPA are waived SAT/ACT.

Students currently in the US on an F or J visa:

Please submit a photocopy of your current I-20 or DS-2019.

If Available, Submit a Copy of Your Passport.

This is to ensure an accurate I-20 or DS-2019 (not required).

Graduate Applicants

Please check if your specific program requires additional materials here.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester - June 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1,
  • Summer Semester (IEP only) - April 1
  • Acceptance letters or I-20s are not guaranteed after these dates.

Submit Application to:

Office of International Education & Services

Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS2000
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: +1 (573) 986-6863
Fax: +1 (573) 986-6866
Email:intadmit@semo.edu
Website:http://www.semo.edu/ies

* All fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents without prior written notice