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Refer to the Recommended Arrival Dates when making your travel plans.
Although you can arrive in the United States as early as 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20, we do not recommend arriving in Cape Girardeau earlier than the recommended arrival dates (refer to your acceptance letter) because services are limited.
When you travel, make sure that you have all of the required documentation to show at the U.S. Port of Entry (POE). Carry these immigration documents with you on the plane-- do not place them in checked luggage.
U.S. immigration officials at the port of entry will make the final determination about your admissibility as a student. We recommend that you be polite and respectful with the Customs and Border Patrol officers and follow their instructions and requests. By doing so, you can expect to be treated politely and respectfully in return.
You must attend the school specified on your visa. If your visa was issued for another school, carry both I-20s with you but show your Southeast I-20 when entering. If asked, politely explain that you prefer to attend Southeast. Due to new processes, most students are referred to secondary inspection. If that occurs, remain calm and follow directions. Secondary inspection may take a while, but be patient and respectful in order to be admitted into the country via the port of entry.
If you transfer directly to Southeast without leaving the United States:
If you travel outside the United States before transferring to Southeast:
Plan your air and ground transportation keeping in mind the Recommended Arrival Dates.
Book your flight to Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (CGI), which is only 15 minutes away from campus, or to St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), which is two hours away from
the university. We recommend the direct flight options from Chicago O'Hare Airport to the Cape Girardeau
The Office of International Education and Services offers pick-up services from Cape Girardeau Airport and St. Louis Airports during recommended arrival dates. Please complete the arrival form to inform us of your travel and flight information. We will then arrange for your pick up at the airport and have you taken to your dorm or your off campus housing (or hotel if you haven't arranged for off campus or on campus housing prior to your arrival). Your student account will be charged $25 for the pick-up service from Cape Girardeau Airport and $75 if you choose to be picked up from St. Louis Airport.
Hotels may be required for St. Louis or Cape Girardeau arrivals after 5 p.m. You are
responsible for the cost of the hotel stay, though you may qualify for a special rate.
If you not arriving during the recommended arrival dates or arriving at a different airport other than Cape Girardeau Airport, you will need to arrange your own transportation to Southeast Missouri State University.