You want to further your education, and we want to welcome you to our campus community. International graduate students can find information about necessary steps for applying for admission to Southeast.
STEP 1: EMAIL YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
To ensure efficiency and timely processing, please try to include all required documents in one email (per student) and provide the student's last name, first name and date of birth in the subject line.
Email email@example.com (or reply to the confirmation email you received after you submitted your online application) with a scanned copy of the following items:
- Passport copy
- Please include valid passport copies for all dependents listed on your application.
- Passport must be valid at least six months beyond the intended program start date.
- Academic transcripts (More Information)
- Emailed transcripts are considered unofficial. Academic credential standards for transcripts to be official are detailed at here. Please note that Transcripts must remain sealed as they were by the issuing educational institution. If your school does not seal their transcripts as a standard procedure, please request that they place your transcripts in a sealed envelope and stamp the outside flap with their school seal. Please do not open the envelope as this will void the transcripts. Please ensure you mail the transcripts by the deadline listed under Step 3 below.
- Affidavit of Financial Support and proof of finances (More Information)
- Web-only students are not required to submit proof of finances.
- Proof of English proficiency (or view other ways to demonstrate English Proficiency)
- Emailed test scores are considered unofficial. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be official.
- Additional documents and/or tests as required by your graduate department (More Information)
- If you are studying in the US, please submit the SEVIS Visa Status Verification Form. This form is a verification of your visa status, and not a request to transfer your SEVIS record to us. Please note that Southeast does NOT accept SEVIS record in terminated or completed status.
Step 3: MAIL YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
Southeast can admit most first-time undergraduate and graduate applicants based on the submission of unofficial copies of their transcripts and test scores. However, official copies of all transcripts and test scores must be submitted prior to the deadlines listed below. Admitted students are not allowed to enroll in courses or claim scholarship benefits until all required official documents have been received and processed. Click here to learn more about our academic credential requirements and application deadlines.
Our office address is:
Office of International Education and Services
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Use this online tracker form and enter your tracking number to check if our office has received and reviewed your packet.
If you were admitted to SEMO before you received your final transcripts/certificate, you must mail to our office the official transcripts that you sent via email as well as your official final transcripts/certificates by the deadlines listed above.
Non-degree seeking students (example: visiting, IEP) are not required to mail your official transcripts.
The deadlines listed above are not applicable to transfer students. Transfer students must submit official transcripts for admission and transfer credit review.
To learn about out general admission criteria, including English proficiency standards, financial requirements, etc. please see our policies.
Returning students do not have to pay the $40 application fee or submit official transcripts from SEMO. All other requirements still apply. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific requirements.
STEP 4: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
Non-native speakers of English must prove an adequate level of English language proficiency for admission into an academic program. English language proficiency for admission can be demonstrated in one of the ways mentioned below. Demonstration of English proficiency must have been done within two (2) years of the applicant’s intended program start date.
Admitted students are not allowed to enroll in courses until all required official test scores have been received and processed. Emailed test scores are not considered official. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be official.
Note: The following standards apply to most, but not all, graduate programs. Some programs may have higher standards for admission. Please refer to the Bulletin for specific program admission requirements.
Graduate students: See if your program requires higher test or specific test scores. If your department requires higher or specific test scores, the requirement to provide a test score cannot be waived.
- Successful completion of Southeast’s IEP’s GradCAP.
- English proficiency tests (official scores must be reported to Southeast Missouri State University):
- TOEFL-minimum score of 79 iBT (examining minimum band scores)
- IELTS-minimum overall band score of 6.0 (examining minimum band scores)
- ITEP-minimum of 3.9
- PTE Academic-minimum score of 53
- Duolingo English Test-minimum score of 105
- Kaplan International certified level Higher Intermediate
- HOFT Institute Level 5
- Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
- Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or higher from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education where English language is the sole medium of instruction. Student’s transcript must include non-ESL English courses. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to verify the institution’s language of instruction.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale) or higher in 12 or more college-level semester credit hours from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education, including at least one college level non-ESL English course with an earned grade of C or higher.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher on 24 or more college-level credit hours from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
- Cumulative U.S. equivalent GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher for one year of full-time academic credit from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education where English language is the sole medium of instruction. Student’s transcript must include a non-ESL English course. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to verify the institution’s language of instruction.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher on 9 or more graduate level credit hours from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
- Successful completion of Level 112 in the ELS Language School
- Other proof of English proficiency may be considered on an individual basis.
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