COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Option: begin online, finish on-campus

Thank you for your interest in Southeast Missouri State University!  We can't wait to see you on campus soon.  However, we know that due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, you may not be able to make it beautiful Cape Girardeau in time for the beginning of your program.  Not to worry!  Southeast will be offering you some different options to help you navigate your academic future with us.

Southeast is making it possible for you to begin your program online, then come to campus when it is possible to complete your porgram.  This option will allow you to begin earning credit towards your valuable Southeast degree from anywhere in the world. It is possible you will be able to save some money on the overall cost of your degree program, as Southeast's Web Only programs have a lower tuition rate than our in-residence program. And finally, beginning your program online may increase your odds of obtaining a visa. If you start online, when visas are easier to obtain, you will already be on your way to a Southeast degree.

To choose the enrollment option that is best for you

If you have already submitted your online application: 

You will be sent an email once you are accepted that will explain how to choose this option.  Or, you can follow the instructions below. 

As of this writing, Southeast plans to resume face to face courses in August. Therefore, you are still welcome to apply for a visa in the hopes of arriving in the fall. If this is your plan, simply follow the normal admission process and be sure to complete the shipping request that was sent to you. We'll send you your I-20 or DS-2019 as soon as we have it. If you already have your I-20, there is no additional action to take. Good luck obtaining your visa and keep us posted on your progress!

Step 1: Click here for the form to confirm you have are chosen to change your admission from “Main Campus-Cape Girardeau” to “Web Only” enrollment for Fall 2020, and that you wish to defer your SEVIS Record/Form I-20 to start in Spring 2021 or later.

Step 2: To defer your SEVIS record to a Spring 2021 start, we require all your financial documentation to be dated after January 10, 2020.  If the bank statement and financial affidavit you submitted previously has a date of January 10, 2020 or earlier, you must submit new ones to international@semo.edu. Click here for the Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of finances, and here for more information on financial proof standards.

Step 3: Create a shipment request to receive your updated Form I-20/DS-2019 by following the mailing options listed under ‘mailing process’ in our policies and guidelines.

Once you have completed the steps listed above, please allow us 3-4 weeks to process this request.  An academic advisor will be in touch with you shortly after that to help you enroll in courses.

NOTE - If you are admitted for the Fall 2020 semester but do not enroll, you will need to complete an updated application per OPTION 2 (scroll down to review this information).

We understand some of you may not be interested in beginning your program online. If you have already applied and have been accepted for the Fall 2020 program, you can easily defer your admission to a future term.  The deadline to defer your admission is August 24, 2020.

To defer your application, simply click here and complete the online portion of the application again, this time with your new entry term (Spring 2021). Please note that we are transitioning to a new online application system beginning in Spring 2021, so the application you complete will look different than the first one you completed. However, you WILL NOT have to pay the application fee again.

Once your new application has been processed, you will be notified if there is anything else that we need from you. Your application will then be reviewed and an admission decision will be made.

Helpful links and information to defer your application:

Demonstration of English proficiency must have been done within two (2) years of the applicant’s intended program start date. If you have submitted a test score, please be advised that the test date must be within 2 years of the new program start date of Spring 2021.

In order to defer your SEVIS record to a Spring 2021 start, we require all of your financial documentation to be dated within one year of the Spring 2021 start date. If the bank statement and financial affidavit you submitted previously is dated January 10, 2020 or earlier, we will need new ones in order to send you a new I-20/DS-2019. Click here for the Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of finances, and here for more information on financial proof standards.

If you have not submitted an online application yet:

 

As of this writing, Southeast plans to resume face to face courses in August and January. Therefore, you are still welcome to apply for regular admission and a visa in the hopes of arriving in time for the start of your program. If this is your plan, simply follow the normal admission process and be sure to complete the shipping request that will be sent to you after you are accepted into your program. We'll send you your I-20 or DS-2019 as soon as we have it. Good luck obtaining your visa and keep us posted on your progress!

When completing our online application for admission, choose the "Web Only" campus option, then answer "Yes" to the question that follows asking if you intend to complete your program in person on the Cape Girardeau Main Campus.  Once you are admitted, you will be sent an admission confirmation email with further instructions.

 

Important information abouth beginning your program as a Web Only student

  • Web Only programs are robust and academically rigorous, and the courses will go on the student’s permanent academic higher education records.  Quality access to internet and technology are essential.  Please do not consider Web Only courses unless you there is certainty that the student can access the content and participate in a meaningful and consistent way.
  • Students will be assessed tuition at the Web Only rate, which is comparable to the Missouri resident tuition rate.  For complete details of the Web Only tuition rate, please see https://semo.edu/sfs/1920_fees.html#special 
  • Because of the low tuition rate, no international student merit based scholarships are available while the student is Web Only. However, once a Web Only student matriculates to on-campus, their tuition rate will shift to the non-resident rate and they will automatically receive the merit-based scholarship they qualified for when first admitted. 
  • To receive the Web Only tuition rate, a student must be enrolled in one of the programs listed below:   
    • Intensive English Programs (conditional admission allowable) 
    • Master’s (graduate) Degree: Accounting (MBA), Applied Computer Science (MS), Criminal Justice (MS),  Health Administration (MS), Healthcare Management (MBA), Management (MS), Public Administration (MPA), General Management (MBA), TESOL: Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (MA), Technology Management (MS) 
    • Bachelor’s (undergraduate) Degree: Business Administration (BS), Accounting (BS), Computer Information Systems (BS), Criminal Justice (BS), Family Studies (BS), General Studies (BS), Healthcare Administration (BS), Healthcare Management (BS), Interdisciplinary Studies (BS), Psychology (BA), Social Science (BS), Technology Management (BS) 
  • Bachelor's (undegraduate) students whose major is not listed above can still begin their program online, however they will not receive the Web Only tuition rate.  They will, however, still be able to claim their merit-based scholarship (full-time enrollment is required). 

Similar options are available to those who have not applied for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 admission yet.  You can still apply for regualr admission, or you can apply to begin your program online then switch seamlessly to our on campus program later.  To apply, please go to our admissions page.   

For information on how we are honoring our commitment to work with our valued recruitment partners, please click here.

/Frequently Asked Questions related to the COVID-19 Fall online start 

Contact

573.986.6863
international@semo.edu
International Village Admin Building 101

International Education and Services
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701