Refer to the Important Dates when securing your travel plans.
Although you can arrive in the United States as early as 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20, we do not recommend arriving in Cape Girardeau earlier than the recommended arrival dates (refer to your acceptance letter) because services are limited.
When you travel, make sure that you have all of the required documentation to show at the U.S. Port of Entry (POE). Carry these immigration documents with you on the plane-- do not place them in checked luggage.
U.S. immigration officials at the port of entry will make the final determination about your admissibility as a student. We recommend that you be polite and respectful with the Customs and Border Patrol officers and follow their instructions and requests. By doing so, you can expect to be treated politely and respectfully in return.
You must attend the school specified on your visa. If your visa was issued for another school, carry both I-20s with you but show your Southeast I-20 when entering. If asked, politely explain that you prefer to attend Southeast. Due to new processes, most students are referred to secondary inspection. If that occurs, remain calm and follow directions. Secondary inspection may take a while, but be patient and respectful in order to be admitted into the country via the port of entry.
If you transfer directly to Southeast without leaving the United States:
If you travel outside the United States before transferring to Southeast:
As mentioned earlier, prior to departure, secure your air and ground transportation keeping in mind the recommended arrival dates.
Book your flight to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, which is two hours away from the university, or Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, which is 15 minutes away from campus. The Office of International Education and Services offers pick-up services from both airports during recommended arrival dates. When you fill out the Arrival Form, you may select the option to be picked up from either the St. Louis Lambert International Airport or from the Cape Girardeau Airport. After submitting the pick-up request on the Arrival Form, your student account will be charged for the pick-up service, even if the service is not used.
During recommended dates, the charges for pick-up are as follows:
An additional $50 is charged for each non-student accompanying you.
Hotels may be required for St. Louis or Cape Girardeau arrivals after 5 p.m. You are
responsible for the cost of the hotel stay, though you may qualify for a special rate.
If you not arriving during the recommended arrival dates, you will need to arrange your own transportation to Southeast Missouri State University.
Once your travel plans are confirmed, complete the Arrival Form as soon as possible and on the form, indicate if you need to be picked up from the