REQUIRED: E-Orientation and Check-In

Welcome to the UMKC Family! Now that you have been admitted and have made plans to attend UMKC, you’ll need to do two very important things before you can enroll in classes:

  1. Complete E-Orientation before you arrive. You’ll need to use your SSO and password to log in here: https://cf3.umkc.edu/isao/services/students/eor/login.cfm
  2. Once you have finished E-Orientation, you will need to sign up for a REQUIRED Check-In Session. The Check-In Session is a required part of your F-1 or J-1 visa where we will talk about the rules of your visa and UMKC.
    • You’ll need to bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 and any immunization records you may have to the check-in session you sign up for.
    • Please be sure that you will be in the U.S. for whichever check-in date you decide on. The sessions take about an hour and you’ll need to show up to the ISAO Office at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time so that we can get copies of your documents.
    • While the login screen looks the same as E-Orientation, it is actually different. However, you will still use your SSO and password to log in. Choose your check-in session here: https://cf3.umkc.edu/isao/services/students/check-in/login.cfm

If you have any problems logging into E-Orientation or signing up for a Check-In Session, please email isao@umkc.edu with a screenshot of the error message that you are receiving and your UMKC student ID number so that we can look into the issue.

We are so glad you have chosen UMKC and we can’t wait to meet you!

 

 

Fall 2017 International Student Orientation Announced

UMKC will welcome new international students during the Fall 2017 International Student Orientation on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:00PM in the Student Union.  During Orientation you will learn everything you need to know and do as a new student at UMKC.

Orientation is mandatory for all new F-1 and J-1 student visa holders admitted to academic programs.

If you do not attend Orientation you will have a “hold” placed on your account that will prevent enrollment for future semesters, until you attend and complete the next available Orientation.  As this is a university requirement, no exceptions to this rule will be made.

During your Orientation, you will lay the groundwork for future academic success by connecting with ISAO staff, faculty, advisors and other students.  You’ll have the opportunity to explore campus and community resources, learn about health insurance and cultural differences and make some new friends.

Staff from a variety of campus departments and current students will help you transition to UMKC during Orientation.

Please register for Orientation by clicking Register.

If you have questions about Orientation please contact the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) at 816-235-1113 or by email

International Roos – Tomveyi Vidamon

International Roos – Tomveyi Vidamon

Where are you from?

I am from Togo.

For how long have you been in the U.S. and Kansas City?

I have been in the U.S. since 2007, I started in Iowa Western Community College, but I decided to start all over again at UMKC in 2015 when I was accepted in the yearlong Entrepreneurship program at the Bloch School.

I am currently on OPT, I am a UMKC Bloch School Alumnus, I graduated last Spring 2016.

Why did you choose UMKC?

UMKC is one of the most known universities in the Midwest. I have friends that went here and referred this school to me. The business program for startups and entrepreneurs is very good here.

What do you like about UMKC?

I like the environment, the diversity, the activities and the organizations with an international focus such as African, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc.

I was amazed of the opportunities offered at the Bloch School. They offered me the knowledge and skills to solve problems and provide solutions. I also met different entrepreneurs and students. I now can think outside of the box.

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

I really like the Plaza, and eating at Fogo do Chao. I also like Ice Skating in Crown Center. I really like the people in Kansas City. Everybody has been very welcoming.

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

Attend classes. Not only because it is good for your attendance grade, but because you can learn from your classmates as well. Every class is very important. My classmates were awesome, they would ask questions that I did not think of, and it just opened my mind on how problems or a concept can be perceived or approached. Also, interact with people from other cultures, I am very pro-diversity and there is so much you can learn from other students at UMKC. If you are making decisions about your education, I would suggest you to take time to think what you want to do and don’t just jump into a specific program or college/university.

Who is your major source of help?

Mr.  Lee, my advisor, he is more than a friend to me, he is like a guide and mentor. He is always there for me.

Mr. Ryan has helped me a lot too, I was new to the city and the system, and he helped me so much.

They were very patient. I was not from here and saw things differently, but they helped me have a better understanding of what was expected from me.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Being accepted at the UMKC Bloch School Entrepreneurship program. I applied to other universities because I was not sure I was going to be accepted. And one day I opened my email, and saw the acceptance, I could not believe it.

Also, I presented our startup “MyWorldWall”, at the “One Million Cups” that was hosted by the Kauffman Foundation in 2016. http://www.1millioncups.com/kansascity/presentations/myworldwall-10994

I have had the honor to be interviewed by UMKC Today as well. Being able to showcase my startup in the area and online has been a great opportunity.

Favorite quote:

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” (Napoleon Hill)

Since I have been in this country, I have had many opportunities, but I missed many opportunities as well. This quote helps me see into my future, every challenge and adversity you may face is different, but each one of them is preparing you for the future.

International Roos – Maria Ignacia Leal Riquelme

International Roos – Maria Ignacia Leal Riquelme

But you can call me Ina.

Where are you from?

I am from Chile.

 

How long have you been here?

I have been here since January 2017, so two months and a half now.

 

What is your major?

I am studying English in the Applied Language Institute at UMKC. In Chile I am a senior in English Teaching for high school students.

 

Why did you choose UMKC?

UMKC was the university assigned by my government program.

 

What do you like about UMKC?

It has a lot of resources available for students to be successful in class. For example, the lab resources. The buildings are beautiful, and this campus is enormous, and there is a huge library. I also like the safety, there are blue phones around campus to call the campus police if you need them.

Royall Hall, the school of education and the student union are where I spend the majority of the time.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

The parks are very interesting, also the fountains. I knew that Kansas City was the city of fountains before I coming here. Downtown is very nice too. I like the museums, the mall (I like shopping).

My favorite place to eat is where you can feel comfortable with which you are eating. There are many Mexican restaurants, but the food is so spicy. I like Chinese food, and a burger place, I cannot remember the name, it was one of these famous places.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

You have to be very perseverant if you want to achieve your goals, do your homework, your papers… Be responsible and you will be successful. Also be careful, think twice because you never know. Enjoy your stay here and don’t think too much about things that bother you.

 

Who is your major source of help?

The first week I was lost, but my classmates and I help each other. We came together from Chile. It is good to not be alone in a foreign country.

Also, Mr. Chuck and Ms. Adams have been very supportive. They were my practicum teachers.

And of course, Ms. Golden who helped me finding a host family before coming to Kansas City which was helpful. I was with an American host family at the beginning of my stay. Then I moved to a different American host family who also happens to be Chilean. So we are able to speak both English and Spanish.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I am doing my practicum here, meaning that I am teaching two classes at UMKC. Besides, improving my English: getting to know friends. Although it is difficult because I do not have much time. Also, to have the opportunity to see the world from a different point of view, and being open minded about it.

And I am going to sing during culture night! I am really proud to represent my country and I am looking forward to it.

 

Favorite quote:

Always try your best.

 

You can do things without feeling them, you can do things with a lot of enthusiasm, do them the best way you can, with a happy face, appreciate life.

 

International Roos – Ana Fernandes Barbosa

International Roos – Ana Fernandes Barbosa

 

Where are you from?

I am from France. I was born in Portugal but I have been living in France for 8 years.

 

How long have you been here?

I have been in the U.S. and in Kansas City since August of 2016.

 

What is your major?

I am a Foreign Language major in France, and here at UMKC I am a Communications and Spanish Major.

 

Why did you choose UMKC?

As an exchange student, I had a list of universities that were partners with my university in France. When they considered my English level and budget they decided that UMKC would be the best fit for me.

 

What do you like about UMKC?

I like the people here. Everybody is very friendly and provide students the resources we need. The campus is very big, and we have everything we need, a lot of events. Also, international students from all over the world are here.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

I like the Plaza. I like the shops and the architecture. It is very nice even just going for walk there. I like the Power and Light District to go out on weekends, and Westport. I can find lots of students that I know there and it is very friendly too.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

Be open to anyone who approaches you, it will be easier to adapt. Be open minded, make friends. Don’t stay at home, go to every event, be involved, and meet other people.  There is something new happening every day.

 

Who is your major source of help?

My mom. She has given me everything she has so I never lack of anything and have all the chances by my side. She is a strong woman and a role model for me. Also the group of friends that I have. They are like my second family and they keep me motivated to always give the best I can.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Despite the fact of speaking 4 languages fluently I would say is to have friends from all over the world and being so comfortable in international environments.

 

Favorite quote:

Good things don’t come from your comfort zone.

International Roos – Arsid Ketjuntra

International Roos – Arsid Ketjuntra

 

Where are you from?

I am from Thailand.

 

How long have you been here?

I have been in the U.S. since 2010 and I moved to Kansas City in August of 2014.

 

What is your major?

I am a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Music Composition student. I compose all kinds of music: classical contemporary, electronic, rock, etc.

 

Why did you choose UMKC?

The Conservatory of Music is a leading school of music in the nation, especially in composition; and because of their faculty. They are all big names in the Music Field. They have won big awards and prizes and their music is very attractive. Other composers in the country know our faculty very well. My teacher in New York recommended me to come to UMKC.

 

What places do you like at UMKC?

I like the Conservatory and the library. I love working in the library. The Swinney Recreation Center is very good too, it has everything, even a swimming pool. It is comfortable around here. At UMKC, students have their comfortable campus life.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

The BBQ here is one of the best. The Plaza, you can just walk around. Westport is also nice. And we have the only Ikea in the Midwest too. Not too far from Kansas City there is the Lake of Ozarks, as well as a small ski resort up north. We are really in the middle of the country and as such we have access to many things. We can also drive to Texas, Yellowstone, Nashville and Chicago.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

UMKC is good because it is quiet here, you can work on your projects, on your research, without being distracted, compared to when I was in New York, I now have the opportunity to work on my own. Also, here you can still do things, but still have time to focus on your studies. The living cost in Kansas City is not too high which helps when having to pay bills and when you are looking to be comfortable financially.

 

Who/what is your major source of help?

Friends and faculty. For me the faculty at UMKC has been very helpful. Musicians here are very good and very supportive, they always tell me where to go and what things to check. They push students to present their work outside, to go to music conferences, festivals, concerts, orchestras… I have been to 2/3 conferences.

Also, the summer program for non-UMKC composers, where any composer can apply, even foreign students can apply and come, we are going to have our faculty and guest musicians host a master class and performances.

In addition, we also send 4 students to a festival in Thailand (the Thailand International Composition Festival), and we are doing that every year.

We have an Exchange for Mid-West Collegiate Composers (partnership between UMKC, UC Bolder, and Iowa University) which is actually happening this weekend (March 10th) and our musicians are able to play and present their work.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is that I have improved my arts so much since I have been here at UMKC.

I won several prizes, but nowadays it really depends on luck too.

So, learning about my weaknesses and receiving great guidance have really helped me inside and outside of the classroom.

My professors give me suggestions, but also the freedom to make my own decisions.

 

Favorite quote:

“Do your best today.”

If you do your best, don’t worry about the future. Have fun.

I am living that way I have my plans but we don’t know with certainty what is next.

International Roos – Ezgi Karakus

International Roos – Ezgi Karakus

Where are you from?

I am from Turkey.

 

How long have you been here?

I have been in the U.S. since 2009, and I moved to Kansas City in August 2013.

 

What is your major?

I am a Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance.

 

Why did you choose UMKC?

I chose UMKC because the Music department here is very good and the teachers are very active. This city is also known for their music and art.

 

What places do you like at UMKC?

I like sitting in the Coffee Shop “Crows Coffee”, it is very close to school. I also like Sahara. I enjoy sitting at the “PAC” (performance art center) it is a cool place on-campus.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

I like many places. I like going to “Crossroads” (especially on first Fridays) and 39th street (the culture and the coffee shops in that street are very good.) I also like Westport and I really love to sit outside during the day when the weather is nice. I enjoy being there and seeing people around.

I like the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema too, it is close to the Power and Light district, where you can eat there and watch a movie This city is alive and that is what I like about it.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

Kansas City is prettier than you think, it is a very good place to be a student! I think that because of social activities such as live concerts, Jazz music, the Jazz district, different movie theaters, etc. Life is good here, especially for international students, there are so many social activities, there is always something to do, you will never be bored.

 

Who is your major source of help?

Friends. As an international student having friends helps a lot. I have less one-by-one in my major, but I still met friends from my department. I started hanging out with people from my classroom outside of the classroom and that is how we became friends.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I have scholarships from my department that help me cover some of my tuition, and I also 4 different jobs as a musician. I play in two different orchestras and I teach as well. I also won the Jackson Balshaw Music Competition in the past.

 

Favorite quote:

“Even when the winds of misfortune blow, amazing things can still happen” Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

International Roos – Khurshed R. Akabirov

International Roos – Khurshed R. Akabirov

 

Where are you from?

I am from Uzbekistan. Bukhara City.

 

How long have you been here?

I have been here since July 2015.

 

What is your major?

My major is Chemistry (Bachelor of Science). I am interested in Science and becoming a Doctor.

Why did you choose UMKC?

UMKC is very multicultural, and located in metropolitan City. It is in the middle of the United States, which makes it is easy to reach every state from here. Also, UMKC is the Alma Matter of my sister (Zamira Akobirova), and brother-in-law (Viral Kansara

 

What places do you like at UMKC?

My favorite place is the gym, the Swinney recreation center, my hobby is working out. I go at least three times a week, I usually lift weights, and do some jogging and swimming. I also like the Student Union, because it is my usual hangout place with my friends, I also like the rooms there to practice presentations. They have a ping pong and pool table, videogames, and a Chick-fil-A.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

I like the World War I Museum, my country participated in the World War I (Uzbekistan under the Soviet Union). It is very interesting. I also like the art and exhibits of war. Everything is in one building so it is very exciting to visit.

I also like the Plaza, especially in the Spring time, everywhere is blooming, and the weather is nice, and I like seeing the historical places. My favorite movie theater is in the Plaza as well: Cinemark Palace. I really like the Nelson Atkins Museum as well, it is close to my apartment. The exhibits are ancient and historical. My favorite section is the Egyptian exhibit.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

Never give up. Even though there is little chance or hope. In academic life, when you are studying, and it is hard, with your job and personal life, I advise other students to follow this quote. As international students we are far away from our home country and family. Therefore, need to keep going when following studies and career.

 

Who is your major source of help?

My sister and my brother are my major sources of help. My sister is paying my tuition fee, and my brother is helping me pay my other expenses, such as rent and grocery. I really love and respect them, they helped and still help me a lot. We have great family values, and we keep our conservative family lifestyle even though we are far from our home.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I was able to accomplish high grades in my Chemistry classes, and for other science classes. Here coursework is very difficult, but I was able to reach these high marks. I am also proud of securing a job at the International Student Affairs Office where I work as a Junior Enrollment Service Coordinator.

 

Favorite quote:

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life

International Roos – Jaanvi Lachhwani

International Roos – Jaanvi Lachhwani

Where are you from?

I am a Citizen from India, but I am a Resident of Dubai.

 

How long have you been here?

I have been here since August 2015.

 

What is your major?

My major is Finance and I have a minor in Theater.

I performed for O’Beautiful and really liked the experience and being around that crew so I thought about having Theater as a minor; I am happy to have my hobby as my minor.

I will be in Fabulations this semester at UMKC, it is an Undergraduate Production that will be from April 12 until April 16, 2017 (Previews are April 10th). It is about how Women in Color strive for success, it is a very relevant play for this time.

 

What places do you like at UMKC?

I like the two offices where I work, the admissions office in the Arterburry Student Success Center, and the recruitment office at the Bloch School of Business.

I live on-campus in the Oak Place Apartments and I like where I live as well.

With Lupna, my other best friend, we used to live together in the Johnson Hall dorms, she used to bring food for us, and depended on food from her, she is from Pakistan and used to get her food. The last time we lived in the dorms was a memorable night I will never forget.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

I like going to the movie theaters, my best friend David and I really love eating so we will go to the restaurants in the Plaza and we shop around there.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

Know about the scholarships, there are many scholarships that can help you with your tuition. I did not know about scholarships my first year, but now I know so much to the point where my fees are probably going to be very less compared to before.

Know everything, visit every website and do your homework.

 

Who is your major source of help?

My mom, my dad and my brother, Ronit, they are, my dad has helped me see the world through his eyes, he is very successful starting from scratch, I want to see the world the way he sees it, he is so humble, he is my inspiration. My mom has always been the first one for me, she has done so much for me. My baby brother who is 5 years younger than me, he has always great advice for me and makes me feel that I am a good person, and I hope to be like him one day, he is nice with everyone, respects others, he is very kind.

 

Why did you choose UMKC?

I was living in Dubai and I knew I wanted to start somewhere I had never been to, somewhere new, that would excite me. My mom wanted me to go and my dad did not want me to go. My brother always supported me in my decision of going. We finally convinced my dad and I am here.  They knew that once I left my brother will leave too. My dad suggested Dubai, but I only applied to schools in the U.S.

I got admitted in some, but the Bloch School of Business has a great Management program with lots of exposure. “Keeping one leg in school and one in the community” is the best thing I have never done in my life. I never visited or had a tour, but I knew this was the best choice I could make. I knew it was the right decision. I don’t even need a reason to rethink.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

To get off my bed every morning, I have to get up every morning at 7 for my job at UMKC Bloch, I am the Bloch student assistant, under the recruitment department, basically we recruit new and transfer students at Bloch and I assist with that process, and attend classes at UMKC.

 

Favorite quote:

You still have not achieved it.

That is my motto for myself. No matter where I am or what I have, I want to keep in mind that there is something I want to achieve and that keeps me going.

International Roos – Alice Shon

International Roos – Alice Shon

My name is Yu Jeong, but I go by: Alice Shon

(Alice’s T-Shirt text is “Kansas City” written in Korean.)

 

Where are you from?

Goyang city in South Korea, it is about 30 minutes away from Seoul. In fact, it takes less than 5 hours to drive from one end of South Korea to the other end.

How long have you been here?

I have been here since August 2015.

What is your major?

I study Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.

 

What places do you like at UMKC?

I like the roof top of the student union, the fourth floor. I also like the back of the old Bloch School, there is a little garden to stop by to catch a breath.

 

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?

I like going to River Market and sometimes to Union Station when there is a festival. I also like to explore local coffee shops. There are really great coffee shops in KC like Oddly correct, Quay coffee, Broadway café, etc.

 

What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?

Be more bold! It’s okay if you are not good at English, you are here to learn English, but you have more strengths and potential in you that others may want to see or learn from you. At the beginning, I was so intimidated and scared that I refused to get involved and speak up. I regret that! I still have to remind myself of this but I also want to encourage other students to take all the opportunities available to them and to be more courageous!

 

What is your major source of help?

My major source of help are the different organizations on-campus and friends I met there. When you first join an organization, you will meet great people there, who will introduce you to other people who will become friends. Then these friends will introduce you to more people. So start with a group and then you will get to know many more people who can maybe a great help to you in the future.

Why did you choose UMKC?

Because of the entrepreneurship program! When I first came to Kansas City to visit a church in 2014, somebody told me about the amazing Entrepreneurship program at UMKC, so I applied!

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest achievement is practical experiences. Back in South Korea, I felt like what I do in school were more textbook oriented and very formal. But at UMKC, many good classes and programs offer skills and experiences that I can apply to actual work in the future. I feel very prepared! For example, I have been part of the ENACTUS Project organizing and implementing business ideas. Some of those ideas came to be a successful project that would affect the local community in a positive way.

 

Favorite quote:

Experience never gets old.

(From the Movie Intern.)