Welcome to the University of Missouri-Kansas City! We are excited that you have chosen to attend UMKC and look forward to meeting you on campus. The International Student Affairs Office makes it a priority to assist our Iraqi sponsored students and to make your transition to life at UMKC and in the United States as easy as possible.

We understand how important attaining a scholarship from Iraq is, so to help answer many of the questions that come with the sponsorship and enrollment we have provided the following information:

Financial Guarantees

A Financial Guarantee from the Embassy of Iraq is required in order to receive full admission and an I-20 form from UMKC.

Admission Documents

If you are admitted to UMKC, your admission letter and I-20 will be sent directly to the Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) in Iraq.


When students arrive in Kansas City they will need to schedule a Check-in session by visiting Online Services. Students should bring passports, scholarship award letters, I-20’s, I-94’s, and a local address to Check-in.

Consent Form

The Consent Form is a release of certain FERPA rights to UMKC, allowing the sharing of information between the Embassy of Iraq and UMKC. Admitted students will be expected to complete a consent form at Check-In.


International Student Orientation is always held on the Tuesday before classes start and attendance at orientation is mandatory. Failure to attend orientation will result in a hold on the student’s account which prevents the student from enrolling in future semesters.  The only way to remove this hold is to attend another orientation.

English evaluation

Students placed at UMKC for academic coursework who have TOEFL scores of less than 100 iBT or IELTS scores of less than 6.5 will be required to take an English Evaluation at the Applied Language Institute upon arrival.

Applied Language Institute

Those who are coming for short term English studies will be taking ESL courses in our Applied Language Institute. Failure to complete the ESL coursework in the allotted time will prevent students from being released into academic coursework.

Enrolling in classes

When students have completed Check-in and their English evaluation (if needed) they can meet with an academic advisor to begin selecting courses to enroll in. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are enrolled full time (Undergraduate – 12 credit hours, Graduate – 9 credit hours). Iraqi sponsored students are NOT permitted to enroll in online, evening, or Arabic language courses without special permission from the Embassy of Iraq. If an academic advisor discusses online courses during the course selection process it is the student’s responsibility to explain to the academic advisor that they are unable to enroll in online courses due to scholarship restrictions. Late enrollment fees are not covered by The Embassy of Iraq.

Change of major

The Embassy of Iraq has approved students for scholarships based on the major they have applied for.  If a student wishes to change their major the student must first get approval from an advisor at the Embassy of Iraq.  If the advisor approves the change of major the student will receive a new financial guarantee which should be submitted to ISAO.

Health Insurance

All new international students are automatically enrolled into UMKC’s health insurance program. If an Iraqi sponsored student has dependents, the student will need to visit the Aetna website to enroll their dependents in an insurance policy.  The student will be asked to submit payment for the dependent coverage.  The student is eligible for reimbursement by sending a receipt and request reimbursement form to:

(Mrs.)Nagham Mohamed [U1] [HHA2] Billing Officer / HCED
Phone: 009647809141938

Housing contract

A student cannot submit a housing contract without an SSO or UMKC ID.  Housing contracts can be found at Residential Life.