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Frequently Asked Questions

Southeast is a nationally ranked, comprehensive university offering 145+ undergraduate majors, 100+ undergraduate certificates and minors, and 75+ graduate programs. The University also offers Intensive English training for students who need additional English language study before entering a degree program. Detailed information about our academic programs can be found here

Any student who is NOT a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F or J visa to study in the United States.

Please visit our ‘How To Apply’ page for detailed information after selecting your student status (Bachelor's: Undergraduate, Master's: Graduate, Intensive English Program, Visiting and Returning).

To apply, complete the online application and upload supplemental items required for your admission.

We have rolling admission, but preferred deadlines are: 

Fall Semester - June 1

Spring Semester - October 1

Summer Semester (for IEP students only) - April 1

Programs with early deadlines are listed can be found here

Unfortunately, we cannot wave the application fee as this covers costs associated with processing and mailing. Visiting students from approved partner institutions, please check with your program coordinator if you are eligible for the application fee waiver.

The TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for two years.

Please review our English proficiency standard guidelines to see if your academic background qualifies you for a test score waiver.

We do not require a SAT/ACT test score unless you are applying for the Merit Scholarships. Click here to see our test score requirements for merit scholarships.  

Click here to learn about our annual estimated costs for international students. 

Yes, we offer several merit based scholarships to international students. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria and deadlines. 

Yes, you can work ONLY on campus and the limit is 20 hours per week. You can read more about international student employment here

No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. Click here to learn about our enrollment requirements. 

Yes, we do. All available undergraduate programs offer conditional admission. Only some graduate programs offer conditional admission. Please contact us about graduate programs available for conditional admission. Please note that some graduate programs require a higher GPA for conditional offers.

Our CEA accredited IEP is designed to help improve your academic English while you learn about American culture and prepare for university success. Conditional admission is possible for undergraduate school and some graduate studies. We offer 5 sessions per year, 8 weeks each. Entry terms are January, March, June, August, and October every year. Learn more about our IEP here

Conditional admission allows students to postpone submission of the required English proficiency standard, as well as specific graduate program requirements such as GRE or GMAT, until English proficiency is improved. Students who seek conditional admission attend the Intensive English Programs prior to enrolling in undergraduate or graduate courses.

All available undergraduate programs offer conditional admission. Please note that some graduate programs require a higher GPA for conditional offers.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept less than 5.5 in IELTS for undergraduate studies. If you are interested, you can apply for conditional admission in which you will study at our IEP to improve your English language and once you successfully finish it, you will enroll into academic courses.

Use our mail tracker to see if our office received and reviewed your mail by entering your tracking number here.

Applications for Intensive English Programs or Undergraduate level are usually reviewed and processed within 1 week of receipt.

Applications for Graduate level are usually reviewed by the graduate department for an admission decision. Admission decision is based on graduate department's discretion and review process. This process can take 2-3 weeks, although some programs may need longer. Some programs have a single application deadline, after which all files are reviewed. Graduate applications must be reviewed by three individual offices, which accounts for the slightly longer process.

Email notices are sent to students who are missing documents, as well as those who have been accepted. All email notices are sent to the email address listed on the application form.

Email or complete the inquiry form online to check your application status.

Credit transfer information is a separate process completed after acceptance. Please allow 2-4 weeks after your acceptance notification for the credit review. Once complete, the Registrar's Office will email your SEMO email with further information about number of credits accepted and remaining credits for your chosen program of study.

Transfer hours are reviewed on a course-by-course basis. First, we check to see that the university/college and credentials are formally recognized as approved programs by the government in the home country. Next, we evaluate each course towards our curriculum to determine matching courses and available subjects. Finally, we use our Degree Works system to apply these credits to your program requirements to reveal remaining hours for graduation. After this initial evaluation is complete, your academic department can review your hours to determine if any waivers or substitutions are appropriate.

Please note that final credit evaluations are not given until all official documentation is submitted. Some students will also need to provide course descriptions (syllabus) to finalize the process; if needed, you will be contacted by email with this request.

Yes, we permit students to defer their previous application for up to one year beyond the original application date (i.e. Fall 2017 may be deferred to Spring 2018 or Fall 2018). We require that students complete a new application so that we have updated information. After one year, all new application materials must be submitted. All deferral materials are mailed to the person or agency who submitted the original application.

Both completed and incomplete applications may be deferred. Students who were previously admitted must meet the current academic requirements for the deferral request to be approval. If the requirements are no longer met (ex. new GPA or test score requirement), the application will be forwarded to pending status until the missing items can be submitted.

The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support for a student during full-time graduate study. It is an opportunity for the graduate student to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and/or administrators. There are three kinds of assistantships: teaching, research and administrative. Graduate assistantships cover a full tuition and fees waiver for up to 24 hours of graduate coursework annually as well as paying a stipend of $8,600 per year. International students that receive a GA position will not be eligible for the international scholarship. Click here for more information about Graduate assistantships. 

You must be accepted to your graduate program prior to applying for a GA position. There are several academic and non-academic positions available to eligible candidates across the various departments at Southeast. The allocations can be found here.

Once admitted, you may check the Graduate Assistant Positions webpage to see if there are any openings. You may also contact the academic department of your major or any non-academic department that has GA allocations to check for openings. If a position is available, the individual department will guide you on the procedure to submit an application. Please note that procedures and deadlines vary by department. Many departments begin the applicant review process in the previous fall or spring term, so we recommend applying for graduate studies (and taking any required tests) early in order to confirm your admission in time to apply for available positions.

90% of faculty have their doctoral degrees and they are very involved in their fields. 

We have close to 1,000 international students, which make up approximately 10% of the overall student population. More information  about our facts can be found on the Institutional Research website here.

Southeast Missouri State University is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States.

Please see Cape Girardeau’s location map for reference.

Information about the city of Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area can be found here.


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