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When is the International Student Orientation?

  • Fall Orientation (August): 
  • For international students who start in the Summer Semester or Fall Semester, the International Student Orientation will be in August a week before Fall classes begin
  • Spring Orientation (January):
  • For international students who start in the Spring Semester, the International Student Orientation will be in January a week before Spring classes begin
  • Where on campus does Orientation take place?

    The Fall international student orientation program will take place in the Student Union on the Volker Campus at 5110 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64111. You will see event parking signs as you approach campus to direct you appropriately. You will find parking in the lot across from the Administrative Building at 51st and Oak streets.

    Orientation map (PDF)

    What should I wear to Orientation?

    We recommend that you dress casual and appropriately for the weather. Please note that many activities call for walking around campus so comfortable shoes are highly recommended.

    What kinds of activities will students do at Orientation?

    Orientation is meant to ensure that students feel ready to start the  semester. Students will get connected to UMKC by interacting with other students, tour the campus and city, and learn about on- and off-campus resources. 

    You will be able to get your student ID as well.

    I would like to stay overnight in Kansas City. What are my options?

    On Campus
    Experience the true UMKC lifestyle by staying in one of our residence halls. Call 816-235-1416 for more details.

    Off Campus
    Prices based on one night stay, 2 adults, standard rates.
    The InterContinental Hotel Kansas City
    401 Ward Parkway
    Phone: 816-756-1500
    Rates: Start at $139.00

    Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City-Country Club Plaza
    4600 Summit
    Phone: 816-448-4600
    Rates: Start at $122.40

    Holiday Inn at the Plaza
    1 East 45th Street
    Phone: 816-753-7400
    Rates: Start at $106.99

    Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza
    4445 Main Street
    Phone: 816-531-3000, 1-800-810-3708
    Rates: Start at $99 (UMKC Rate)

    Courtyard by Marriott
    4600 JC Nichols Parkway
    Phone: 816-285-9755
    Rates: Start at $109 (UMKC Rate)

    Best Western Seville Plaza
    4309 Main Street
    Phone: 816-561-9600, 1-800-780-7234
    Rates: Start at $94.00

    Quarterage Hotel
    560 Westport Road
    Phone: 816-931-0001, 1-800-942-4233
    Rates: Start at $110.40

    Homestead Hotel
    4535 Main Street
    Phone: 816-531-2212, 1-800-STAY-HSD
    Rates: Start at $84.99

    Sheraton Suites
    770 West 47th Street
    Phone: 816-931-4400, 1-800-325-3535
    Rates: Start at $209.00

    The Raphael Hotel
    325 Ward Parkway
    Phone: 816-756-3800, 1-800-821-5343
    Rates: Start at $179.00

    Residence Inn by Marriott
    4601 Broadway
    Phone: 816-753-0033
    Rates: Start at $169.00

    Holiday Inn Express
    801 Westport Road
    Phone: 816-931-1000, 1-800-HOLIDAY
    Rates: Start at $91.00

    Residence Inn by Marriott Union Hill
    2975 Main Street
    Phone: 816-561-3000
    Rates: Start at $149.00

    Fairfield Inn Union Hill
    3001 Main Street
    Phone: 816-931-5700
    Rates: Start at $99.00

    When is the first day of class?

    Fall 2015:
    most classes start on Monday, August 24, 2015

    Spring 2016:
    most classes start on Monday, January 19, 2016

    Summer 2016:
    most classes start on Monday, June 6, 2016

    Academic Calendar

    Who do I speak with if I have more questions about Orientation?

    If you have questions about orientation, contact the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) at 816-235-1113 or by email.
    ISAO website
    Check In
    Orientation Map (PDF)
    ISAO Survival Guide (PDF)
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