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Request Free Transportation from the Springfield Branson National Airport (SGF) to Missouri State University

Let us know when you will arrive in Springfield, Missouri at the Springfield Branson National Airport (airport code SGF) and we’ll be there to greet you!

How it works:

  1. Fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request form online.
  2. Receive an email confirmation from one of our #InternationalBears Welcome Crew members.
  3. Travel to Springfield, Missouri.
  4. Look for the Missouri State maroon shirts when you arrive at the Springfield Branson National Airport.
  5. The #InternationalBears Welcome Crew will give you a ride.

All you have to do is fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request form and our #InternationalBears Welcome Crew will greet you at the airport, help you find your luggage, provide transportation to your permanent or temporary housing, and make sure you have all the basics you need to start life in Springfield, Missouri. 

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We love welcoming new students to Springfield, Missouri.
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Fall 2017 Online Immigration Orientation

All new international students are required to complete our Online Immigration Orientation prior to arrival in Springfield, Missouri. This is for your benefit! Travel and arrival at your United States port of entry will be much easier if you are familiar with your immigration documents and identification that you’ll need to present upon arrival in the United States. 

To complete Online Immigration Orientation: 

  1. Create your BearPass login and email address. If you’ve already done this step, great! 
  2. Log on to Blackboard, Missouri State University’s online learning management system. Find out how to log on here
  3. Choose “Community” in the top right corner. “International Student Orientation” will populate under the “My Organizations” tab.Online Immigration Training at Missouri State University
  4. Now you’re on our Online Immigration Orientation page.Online Immigration Training at Missouri State University
  5. From the Online Immigration Orientation page, choose “Immigration Orientation” from the navigation at left. Online Immigration Training at Missouri State University
  6. Follow the instructions to complete the Online Immigration Orientation tutorial videos and quiz. 
  7. Upload your immigration documents. PDF or JPG files will work. document-upload

This process will make your life easier as you prepare for travel and arrival in Springfield, Missouri. Please contact us if you have questions – we’re happy to help!

Call: +001-417-836-6618

Email: InternationalServices@MissouriState.edu

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Social Media Kit: Japan Night

Share Japan Night with your friends on social media.

Key Details

  • What: First Friday ArtWalk – Japan Night
  • When: June 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Who: Open to all Missouri State and Springfield community members
  • Sponsor: English Language Institute Special Programs
  • Tickets: Free and open to the public
  • RSVP: Japan Night on Facebook

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Help us spread the word about Japan Night. If you’re planning on attending, invite your friends. Once you arrive, share the story with those who aren’t in attendance via social media.

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New International Student Orientation Fall 2017

Hello, new #InternationalBears!

We’re excited to meet you at New International Student Orientation.

New International Student Orientation will be held August 15-16, 2017. Register to reserve your seat at New International Student Orientation. 

New International Student Orientation is required for all new international students in order to maintain your enrollment status. We will share valuable information with you that is critical to your success at Missouri State University. We’ll also have a lot of fun!

Our International Student Leaders team is comprised of current Missouri State students who are active in our campus community who will guide you through the orientation process. They’re great resources for new students when you need advice, guidance, or a friend.

To make sure you’re ready for New International Student Orientation, complete our online immigration training and upload your important documents so we can add them to your student record. 

If you haven’t already, be sure to request airport pick-up for your arrival in Springfield, Missouri. We’ll send our #InternationalBears Welcome Crew to greet you at the airport and transport you to your new home.

For additional information on how to prepare for orientation, visit our Admitted Students page.

 

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2017 Global Agriculture Initiative

Students from UniCesumar and Missouri State tour Missouri farms.
Students from UniCesumar and Missouri State tour Missouri farms.

 

Students from Missouri State University’s partner institution, UniCesumar, arrived in Springfield, Missouri May 8. 

They found it a far cry from their home city, Maringá, Brazil, but luckily their fields of study, veterinary medicine and agronomy, translate around the world. Missouri State students and faculty greeted them on campus to hold workshops and training inside and out of the classroom for a program organized collaboratively between the International Leadership and Training Center, College of Agriculture, and Study Away Programs. 

Following an overview of Missouri agriculture and agribusiness practices in Missouri, presented by Missouri State agriculture students, the visitors were ready to hit the ground running. The students’ time was split between industry visits, classroom lectures by Missouri State faculty, and cultural exploration throughout the state. Missouri State students joined as they toured Missouri farms and agribusinesses and learned about agriculture in the Midwest.

After an action packed week in Missouri, UniCesumar and Missouri State students and faculty headed south for a mirrored version of the program, with Missouri State students receiving similar training and cultural opportunities in Maringá, Brazil.

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Top 3 Ways to Get Involved on Campus

Our favorite ways to get involved on campus. 

1. Campus Organizations

American students, Korean students, Korean-American students, and international students are welcome in KASU. Aubra George/ Missouri State University
American students, Korean students, Korean-American students – basically anyone is welcome in KASU. Aubra George/Missouri State University

Students with interests from anime to zoology can find a group of like-minded Bears through CampusLINK, available through your my.missouristate.edu student portal on the “Profile” tab. Search by keyword or interest to find an organization. Getting involved in campus organizations is a great way to meet friends from all over the world!

If you’re interested in international or cultural organizations in particular, check out the list below. 

2. Say “Hey!” on Campus

There’s no formal procedure for meeting new people. Start a conversation with someone while you’re waiting for class to begin or ask if you can sit with someone for lunch. The worst anyone can say is no. 

Strike up a conversation while you're waiting in line. Look, it worked for these guys! Kevin White/Missouri State University
Strike up a conversation while you’re waiting in line. Look, it worked for these guys! Kevin White/Missouri State University

3. Sign up to make International Friends

Actually, we do have a formal procedure for meeting new people. It’s called International Friends and it’s an amazing way to meet people with similar interests. International students, sign up to request a family or friend from the United States. We’ll partner you with a local family or Missouri State student. Local families and students, sign up to request an international friend. We hope you’ll get together at least a few times a month to hang out. Follow International Friends on Facebook and contact Joyce Eddy to find out how you can get involved.

International Friends - horseback riding not required. Although it looks like they're having a nice time.
International Friends – horses not required. We do love cute animal photos though. International Friends/Participant photo

 

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International Services Winter Break Office Hours

The Office of International Services will be closed December 22 – January 4 for winter holiday. All university offices will be closed at that time. Staff will be back in the office on Thursday, January 5 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Staff will be available to provide airport pick-ups to new international students, even during holiday break. New international students who wish to use this service should fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request form.

If you arrive at the airport without transportation, you may contact the Office of Safety and Transportation at 417-836-5509. They’ll help you get in contact with us to make sure you find a way to your new home. Review our Travel Arrangements page for more information and contact information.

 

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Online Immigration Orientation

All new international students are required to complete our Online Immigration Orientation prior to arrival in Springfield, Missouri. This is for your benefit! Travel and arrival at your United States port of entry will be much easier if you are familiar with your immigration documents and identification that you’ll need to present upon arrival in the United States. 

To complete Online Immigration Orientation: 

  1. Create your BearPass login and email address. If you’ve already done this step, great! 
  2. Log on to Blackboard, Missouri State University’s online learning management system. Find out how to log on here
  3. Choose “Community” in the top right corner. “International Student Orientation” will populate under the “My Organizations” tab.Online Immigration Training at Missouri State University
  4. Now you’re on our Online Immigration Orientation page. Online Immigration Training at Missouri State University
  5. From the Online Immigration Orientation page, choose “Immigration Orientation” from the navigation at left. Online Immigration Training at Missouri State University
  6. Follow the instructions to complete the Online Immigration Orientation tutorial videos and quiz. 
  7. Upload your immigration documents. PDF or JPG files will work. document-upload

This process will make your life easier as you prepare for travel and arrival in Springfield, Missouri. Please contact us if you have questions – we’re happy to help!

Call: +001-417-836-6618

Email: InternationalServices@MissouriState.edu

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Request Free Transportation from the Springfield Branson National Airport (SGF) to Missouri State University

Let us know when you will arrive in Springfield, Missouri at the Springfield Branson National Airport (airport code SGF) and we’ll be there to greet you!

How it works:

  1. Fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request form online.
  2. Receive an email confirmation from one of our #InternationalBears Welcome Crew members.
  3. Travel to Springfield, Missouri.
  4. Look for the Missouri State maroon shirts when you arrive at the Springfield Branson National Airport.
  5. The #InternationalBears Welcome Crew will give you a ride.

All you have to do is fill out the Airport Pick-Up Request form and our #InternationalBears Welcome Crew will greet you at the airport, help you find your luggage, provide transportation to your permanent or temporary housing, and make sure you have all the basics you need to start life in Springfield, Missouri. 

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Social Media Kit – Aman Ali: “Ask Me Anything – I’m Muslim!”

Aman Ali was raised in Ohio and as he describes, he “was the only brown kid” in his school. As a result, he has spent his lifetime explaining his Muslim faith to others and has learned to do so with sensitivity, humor, and an open heart. There are NO questions that he won’t field as he has likely answered them before! If you wonder what Islam is to a Muslim guy who lives in New York City, who Muslims worship, what it is like to fast at Ramadan (even from a young age), what happens at the mosque, how dating works, why some Muslims don’t touch alcohol and some do, why Muslims come from many different ethnic backgrounds, how praying in a language he doesn’t speak fluently is important, and why Mecca is a goal for Muslims, THIS presentation (which is largely discussion) is for you!

Key Details

  • What: International Education Week Keynote Speaker
  • When: November 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Who: Open to all Missouri State and Springfield community members
  • Sponsor: International Programs, Public Affairs, Modern and Classical Languages, and the Foreign Language Institute. This event was also funded in part by the Student Involvement Fee, and approved by the Student Organization Funding Allocation Council (SOFAC).
  • Tickets: Free and open to the public
  • Download our flyer to print and post

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Help us spread the word about Ali’s presentation. If you’re planning on attending, invite your friends. Once you arrive, share the story with those who aren’t in attendance via social media.

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