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In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may upload application materials to your online application. Official items must still be sent at a later date. Please do not submit documents via email. Applicants must have all application and immigration documents on file in order for us to process the application.

All incoming international freshmen are required to live on campus for their first year of study. Living on campus offers you the opportunity become part of the campus community, reduce your expenses and take full advantage of campus resources. For more information about housing options, please visit the Office of Residential Life and Housing website.

  1. Application form

    •  Refer to the international student application and $40 application fee

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    • Minimum requirements are 61 TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, 160 Cambridge English C1 Advanced, 44 PTE-A, or 85-90 Duolingo

  3. Official transcripts

    • Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.

    • Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.

    • Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.

  1. Copy of your passport

  2. Statement of finances

    • An official bank statement must show funds to cover one year of expenses, be in English, and be less than six months old 

  3. Affidavit of support

    • If the bank document is not in the student's name, the account holder must sign an affidavit of support. 

    • Other affidavit formats will not be considered.
  4. Copy of any current US visa

Approximate expenses are noted in the chart below. Per US regulations, this amount must be shown in order to obtain documentation for a student visa. Actual costs may vary, and students are not billed until arriving on campus and registering for classes.

Estimated Expenses for the 2024-2025 Academic Year (24 credit hours per year)

Program Months per Academic Year 24/25 Tuition per Credit Hour Credit Hours per Academic Year Tuition Total Fees Total 24/25 Tuition + Fees Total Living Expenses Health Insurance Books & Supplies 24/25 Total Required for  I-20
Arts & Sciences 9 $1,242 24 $29,808 $200 $30,008 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $49,974
Business 9 $1,306 24 $31,344 $200 $31,544 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $51,510
Education 9 $1,242 24 $29,808 $200 $30,008 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $49,974
Engineering 9 $1,360 24 $32,640 $200 $32,840 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $52,806
Information Systems 9 $1,306 24 $31,344 $200 $31,544 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $51,510
Nursing (BSN) 9 $1,350 24 $32,400 $200 $32,600 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $52,566
Social Work 9 $1,242 24 $29,808 $200 $30,008 $15,811 $2,842 $1,313 $49,974


Spouse add $4,000
Child(ren) add $4,000 for each child

Tuition, fees, and expenses are based on projected estimates for the 2024/2025 academic year and are subject to increase.
Estimates based on minimum required credit hours per federal regulations and/or specific academic program requirements.
Minimum credit hour requirements for scholarship recipients and academic programs may differ from minimum regulation requirements.

F-1 international students are eligible for competitive International Merit Scholarships. Our top scholarships are generous, significantly reducing tuition expenses while you are attending UMSL.

UMSL Global automatically reviews all F-1 student applicants for scholarships and a separate application is not required. These scholarship awards are based on the student’s academic merit (GPA) only. Students are notified within 1-2 weeks after receiving their admission decision.

The scholarship packages are renewable each semester based on the student’s cumulative GPA earned at UMSL. Scholarship awards cannot be increased. Awards are made on a first come first basis until funds are exhausted.

These scholarships are open to F-1 International Students only. Eligibility is contingent on obtaining and maintaining legal F-1 status.

Official transcripts and test scores should be sent directly to:

UMSL International Admissions
University of Missouri–St. Louis
One University Blvd (362 SSB)
St. Louis, MO 63121, USA

Phone: +1 (314) 516-5229

Email: intadmission@umsl.edu

UMSL's institution code for TOEFL reporting is 6889.

All application and immigration materials should be submitted before the deadlines noted below in order for the application to be processed for the semester requested. Note that students are given priority consideration for scholarships when they are admitted on or before February 15 for fall semester and August 15 for spring semester.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester

June 1

Spring semester

October 1

UMSL awards credit hours to students who have completed certain international examinations. Credit may be gained though the following exams:

Advanced Level Exams (AS-Level and A-Level)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Other international exams may evaluated on a course-by-course basis under the procedures for international transfer credit.  

A maximum of 30 credit hours from these programs may be used toward degree requirements at UMSL. In cases where the student has completed both the exam and the equivalent course, duplicate credit is not awarded.