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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.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
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Fall Semester - July 1st
Spring Semester - November 1st
The deadline can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for IEP applicants, students with a visa who are transferring from U.S. institutions, returning students with valid visa, and Web Only applicants.
Graduate students please check to see if your program has 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive your admission packet from SEMO:
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.
To send admissions documents to SEMO:
As a transfer student,
Admission: Your admission will be based on your overall academic background.
Transfer credit: A detailed evaluation of your previous academic coursework is conducted by the Office of the Registrar. This evaluation determines the credits that will transfer towards your degree at Southeast and a transfer GPA. This process can take 2-4 weeks.
Scholarship: We will evaluate your eligibility for a merit scholarship based on this transfer GPA.
In a reversal of a previous policy, there currently are no restrictions on applicants from Nepal.
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 click here and 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.
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. Click here for more information about the Affidavit of Financial Support, and here for more information on financial proof standards.