COVID-19 Guidance for International Students

Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to give you information that would help answer some of the questions you may have. We plan to keep this page updated with the latest information of interest to you. However, since the situation is evolving by the hour we also encourage you to check the university coronavirus page for immediate updates.

The vendor we use for I-20 deliveries is FedEx and there are currently certain restrictions in countries like India, China, Europe and others. We recommend that you check their service alert page for information regarding your country.

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Your questions answered

1. Are you still admitting students for the Fall 2020 semester?

Yes, we have extended the deadline until June 15th. Please visit the international admissions page at https://futurestudents.mst.edu/admissions/international/graduate/ for information on requirements and how to apply.2.

2. I have applied and waiting for a decision. How long will it take to receive a decision?

Once all required documents have been submitted, the average processing time is 5-7 business days. Please check your application status portal for up to date information about your application.

3. I have been admitted for the Summer 2020 semester. Will I be able to start classes in June?

We are closely monitoring the situation across the country and the world. Based on the current guidance we have not cancelled summer 2020 classes. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and the community is paramount – please keep checking this page as well as this website for updates. You should also keep in mind that you will need a valid visa to be able to travel. Be sure to check with your local consulate as to visa appointment dates, travel restrictions from your country, U.S. government regulations, etc. We will be sharing information as and when we receive it from the U.S. government.

4. I have been admitted for the Fall 2020 semester. Will I be able to start my program on-campus?

We are closely monitoring the situation across the country and the world. Based on the current guidance we have not cancelled summer 2020 classes. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and the community is paramount – please keep checking this page as well as this website for updates. You should also keep in mind that you will need a valid visa to be able to travel. Be sure to check with your local consulate as to visa appointment dates, travel restrictions from your country, U.S. government regulations, etc. We will be sharing information as and when we receive it from the U.S. government.

5. I have been admitted for the Fall 2020 semester but have not applied for an I-20. Are you still issuing I-20s?

Yes, we continue to issue I-20s for Fall 2020. If you have not already done so, please upload the following documents to your applicant status portal.

  • Completed Missouri S&T financial verification form (FVF) OR notarized Affidavit of Support
    Please note if you are filling out the above form you must click "Fill and Sign" on the PDF

Financial document from you or your sponsor(s) indicating that the required funds are available. Check amounts listed under the international ->graduate or under graduate section located here.

Click here to see financial document requirements.

  • Copy of passport identification page with photograph

6. I received a scholarship for the Fall 2020 semester. Is my scholarship still valid?

Yes, the scholarships you received are still valid. For those who have received one, you may download a copy of your award letter from your application status portal. The enrollment deposit for those students who have received a scholarship has been extended until June 30.

7. Will I be able to defer my admission to a future semester if I am not able to join in Fall 2020?

Yes, you will be able to defer your admission for one semester to Spring 21. If you have received a scholarship award this will be part of your admission package. For any deferrals past Spring 21, you will need to reapply for admission and scholarships. Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee of admission or scholarship as admissions/scholarship criteria change during each application cycle.

8. I received a scholarship for Fall 2020 but intend to defer to Spring 2021. Do I have to pay my enrollment deposit by the June 30 deadline?

We are working on a policy on enrollment deposit payment for those deferring to Spring 21 and it will be posted here as soon as we have a date.

9. The U.S. Consulate in my country is currently not taking visa appointments. Do you know when they will resume appointments?

We recommend that you check your local U.S. Embassy and Consulate websites to check current consular operations and to see when visa appointments will be made available. We continue to monitor the situation as well and will be to share information on this website as well.

10. Will I-20s be mailed to us still?

Yes, we continue to issue and mail I-20s via FedEx. We understand that financial institutions may be closed in your country - there is currently no deadline to submit the financial documents. But as soon as you are able to obtain your documents please upload them on your application portal. Currently those students who upload all their required documents should have their I-20s issued within 72 hours. The vendor we use for shipping I-20’s is FedEx and there are currently certain restrictions in countries like India, China, Europe and others. We recommend that you check their service alert page for information regarding your country. Please note that we will not be mailing I-20’s to those countries that currently have restrictions. As soon as those restrictions are withdrawn we will mail those I-20’s. 

11. ETS, IELTS, GMAC has suspended testing in my country. I am unable to take the GRE, TOEFL or IELTS tests. I am worried that I may not be able to complete my application to be considered for the Fall 20 semester. Are you waiving these requirements? 

We have been notified that as of April 2, 2020, ETS has introduced GRE and TOEFL tests at home. The tests will now be available in all locations where the computer-delivered tests are normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

https://www.ets.org/gre/important_update/
https://www.ets.org/toefl/important_update/

All students from countries other than Mainland China and Iran are requested to take advantage of these options.

For those from Mainland China and Iran, we request that you submit all documents except your test scores. You may indicate on your application that you are yet to take the test, and it has been delayed due to COVID-19. If you have a letter from ETS about a canceled appointment, we encourage you to upload that to your application portal. We will evaluate your application for admission pending the scores. If you are admissible, we will admit you conditionally pending that you submit these test scores at a later date, with minimum score requirements stated in the admit letter. These dates may change depending on the testing agency openings. We recommend that you monitor the IELTS, GMAC and ETS websites for testing center closures and openings.

For those of you applying to the College of Business - you may submit a GRE score in lieu of a GMAT score.

12. President Trump announced that he will sign an order to temporarily suspend immigration visas. Does this impact student visas?

On April 20, 2020, President Trump announced that he will temporarily suspend immigration visas. White House officials are working out details of the executive order. The order is expected to temporarily suspend the issuance of new green cards and work visas due to the coronavirus pandemic. Student visas (F-1, M-1), exchange visitor visas (J-1) and their corresponding dependent visas (F-2, M-2, J-2) fall in the nonimmigrant visa category. We have not been informed about any changes to nonimmigrant visas.