Information for future international students.

Fall (August)

  • Regular international applicant: July 1
  • Web Only and applicants with valid U.S. visa: July 15
  • IEP applicant: July 15

Fall II - October (IEP only)

  • October 1

Spring (January)

Spring II - March (IEP only)

  • March 1

Summer (IEP only)

  • May 1


  • In order to meet application deadline, the online application and all required admission documents must be submitted to prior to deadline.
  • Some graduate programs have earlier application deadlines (including MS Applied Computer Science and MS Cybersecurity). Click here to see the 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.

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 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

  • 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
  2. Translation Cloud 
  3. International Education Evaluation, Inc. 

In certain circumstances, evaluations of international academic credits conducted by external organizations may be used in the Southeast admissions process. Southeast will accept evaluations completed by any organization endorsed by AICE or is a member of NACES. (Our preferred partner for credential evaluations is Scholaro.) External evaluations may be requested or used in the following circumstances:
  • Students with a 3-year bachelor’s degree applying to a master’s level program
  • If an applicant disagrees with our GPA calculation, we will honor the GPA calculated in a report submitted by an approved organization. Reports submitted to revise a GPA for scholarship eligibility must be received by Southeast prior to the beginning of the student’s first term enrolled in non-IEP courses.
  • External evaluation reports explicitly stating the documents reviewed were officially received can be used in lieu of official transcripts for new undergraduate and graduate applications. For transfer students, Southeast requires official transcripts to be received directly from the educational institution before admission decision and transfer credit evaluation can be made.

Effective spring 2022, the amount of “Family Funds” or “Personal Funds” listed on Southeast I-20s for admitted students will be the same amount that is listed for the total “Estimated Average Cost for 9 months.”  This change is being made to be consistent with practices of other U.S. universities, and to reduce the possibility of confusion on the part of consular officers during the application process.  Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.  

Once it becomes clear a student will not be able to come to campus for a term they have applied to or been admitted for, they can easily apply to defer their admission to a future term. We cannot guarantee a student will be able to retain their previously issued SEVIS ID (if applicable) unless we receive theri deferral application AND resolve any pending admission items before the start date listed on the original I-20.  

To defer admission, simply complete the online portion of the application again, this time with the new entry term.  To defer admission, applicant WILL NOT have to pay the application fee again.

Once the deferral application has been processed, applicant will be notified if we need anything else.  Applications will then be reviewed and an admission decision will be made.  Applicants can expect a decision on deferral in 2-4 weeks for Undergraduates, and 4-6 weeks for Graduates.

Please note:
We require proof of English proficiency to have been done within two (2) years of the start date of new admission term. Therefore, if an applicant submitted an English language test score, the test date must be within 2 years of the start of the new admission term.

Similarly, we require all financial documentation to be dated within one (1) year of the start date of the new admission term. Find more information about the Affidavit of Financial Support and financial proof standards (detailed above).

Delivery of Forms I-20 During COVID

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 a student is accepted, they will receive an acceptance email with pertinent information. It is recommended for the student to use the information in the acceptance email to activate their Southeast online account (SE Key) as soon as possible. This will give them access to the SEMO student portal and their email account. Southeast uses a "single sign on" system which means they will access all the SEMO resources with their SE Key and the password they create. Please ensure you remember your username (SE Key) and password.
  • 4-7 working days after the acceptance email is sent, an electronic copy of the student's I-20 will be emailed to the student's SEMO email account. Please activate and begin using your Southeast email address if you have not already done so. 
  • 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).

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

Instructions for using the University Express Mail Service:

To receive your admission packet from SEMO:

    1. 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.

  1. On the confirmation page, check your shipment details.
  2. On the same page, complete the credit card information form.
  3. Select "Confirm" to advance to the shipment summary page.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  • 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 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.
      • 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.
      • Southeast will not review photocopies, faxes, or scans.
      • Official credential evaluation reports completed by a current member of NACES or AICE will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts (for undergraduate freshmen and graduate applicants only), 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