For New Students

Pre Arrival Information:

Congratulations on your admission to the Applied Language Institute at UMKC!

We made a video just for our new students. Check it out below! All of the links mentioned in the video are on this page for easy access.

New Student Pre-Orientation:

All new students need to complete the New Student Pre-Orientation Program before they can register for classes. The Pre-Orientation Program is designed to help new students learn about the ALI, UMKC, and Kansas City before they arrive.


My UMKC Online Accounts:

Students need to set up their Pathway and UMKC email account before they arrive. This will allow you to register quickly and easily once you arrive.

When you log into Pathway for the first time, you will have the opportunity to complete E-Consent. Students need to complete E-Consent before they can register for classes. If you need help, check out the instructions below.


Check-in and Orientation:

Your Immigration Check-in Session:

All F-1 and J-1 students must complete an Immigration Check-in session when they arrive. The purpose of this session is to tell the U.S. Government that you are where you are supposed to be.

Your I-20 or DS-2019 can be cancelled if you enter the country and do not complete your Immigration Check-in session.

  • Full semester students, go here to schedule your session with ISAO.
  • Short-term students, contact the ALI at ali@umkc.edu to schedule your session with the ALI.

New Student Orientation:

All new and transfer F-1 and J-1 students (full semester) are required to attend New Student Orientation. The Orientation takes place the Thursday before classes begin. This is where you will learn about not only the U.S. and Kansas City, but also UMKC and the ALI.

  • Click here to sign up.
  • Degree level: English-only at the Applied Language Institute.

Coming to Kansas City:

Travel Arrangements:

When making airline reservations, use Kansas City’s airport code: MCI. For more information about Kansas City’s international airport, click here.

U.S. Universities

U.S. universities are probably a little different from universities in other countries. Knowing what to expect will help you be successful. Check out these pages to learn about studying at a U.S. university.

Housing Arrangements:

Students have three housing options. Click here for more information about these options.

Kansas City

Life in Missouri is probably different from life in your hometown. Check out these pages to learn about living in Kansas City, Missouri.

There are many transportation options available to students in Kansas City. Buses, the streetcar, rental cars, taxi & car services, bicycle, and Uber are just a few. Click here to learn about Kansas City’s Public Transportation options.