Congratulations on your admission to the University of Missouri – Kansas City! We are excited that you have selected UMKC to pursue your higher education goals. We look forward to welcoming you to Kansas City.

You've Been Accepted to UMKC. What Are the Next Steps?

1. Admission packet

You will receive your admission packet by mail or email. It includes a guide to arriving at UMKC and beginning life as a student, as well as supporting documents for your visa application.

Learn more about pre-arrival

2. U.S. student visa

U.S. embassies and consulates may be closed or have limited consular functions because of COVID-19. If you are experiencing a delay in scheduling an appointment for a visa, let us know so we can help with late arrival or admission deferral.

Learn more about your student visa

  • Transfer

    If you are already studying at another US institution on an F-1 visa or if you entered the US on another school's I-20, you and your international student advisor at your current school will need to complete the UMKC Transfer-in form and submit it to your international admissions processor.
    Transfer-in form (PDF)

3. Check-in session

Attendance at an in-person check-in session is a required first step once you've arrived in the United States. You will need to register for your mandatory check-in session and submit a copy of your F-1 visa in order to enroll in classes.

Learn more about the Check-In Session

Submit these documents before your scheduled session
  • Signed UMKC I-20 or DS-2019
  • A copy of your I-94 form
  • Final, official transcripts and certificates of completion, if they have not yet been submitted

Please arrive for your session 15 minutes in advance — late entry is not permitted.

4. Enroll in classes

After you have registered for your check-in session, you will be directed to an academic advisor who will help you select classes. Enroll in classes through your academic advisor, the Registrar’s Office or online.

Academic advising

All students new to UMKC are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. Depending on your major, you may be required to meet with your academic advisor prior to registering each semester. New freshmen are required to go to orientation.

Learn more about academic advising

5. English language evaluation

The Applied Language Institute (ALI) language evaluation is required for all newly admitted students who have not submitted proof of English proficiency or who have achieved a test result lower than the score required for their intended academic program.

Learn more about English proficiency requirements


6. Attend International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend Orientation in their first semester. Orientation is typically held on the Thursday prior to the start of classes each fall and spring. You will receive more information about this exciting event as you get closer to the start of your first semester!

Registration is now available for Spring 2023 International New Student Orientation! There will be two orientation dates to choose from: January 11 (Wednesday) or January 12 (Thursday). If you are a new international student for Spring 2023, please click below to log in and register for your preferred orientation date:

Click here to register for Spring 2023 International Student Orientation

View the Spring 2023 International Student Orientation Schedule