International Student FAQ

Can international students apply for financial aid?

International Students are not eligible for US government grants or loans; however, there are a number of scholarships available through Missouri Baptist University.  To learn more, visit the Scholarship Information page.

Can I apply without an English proficiency exam score?

MBU may waive the English proficiency exam requirement under certain circumstances.  Please note that the Director of International Student Services reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency from any applicant.

How do I get Housing on campus?

To get on-campus housing, please visit our Resident Life page and complete the housing application.  There is a $260 dorm deposit and a $400 apartment deposit.  On-campus housing is not available for Graduate Students.

How do I get access to transportation?

Many students who attend the university purchase cars, especially if they choose to live off campus.  The local Metro bus does come to MBU.  To learn more about schedules and routes, visit the Metro Transit website.

Will I be able to call home while on campus using campus phones?

Students are expected to cover expenses incurred for personal international calls.  Land line or cell phone carriers are usually the most expensive way to make international calls, so students are encouraged to utilize phone cards, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, or something similar to cut down on costs.  The phones on campus require a long distance code given only to staff, and are not intended for personal calls.  In emergency situations, the phone in the International Student office may be used upon approval of the staff.

How do I transfer credits to Missouri Baptist University?

Students transferring from another college, whether US or International, are required to submit official transcripts from all schools attended.  For any credits earned at an institution outside of the U.S., a transcript evaluation is required from an approved transcript evaluation service.  MBU’s preferred vendor is World Education Services, Inc., ( ).  Please note there is a charge for this service.  For a complete listing of accepted vendors, refer to the appropriate application checklist.  Students transferring from a US community college should visit our Transfer to MBU page to download transfer guides.

Where is Missouri Baptist University located?

Missouri Baptist University is located in Creve Coeur, Missouri, which is right outside of the city of St. Louis. Missouri is centrally located within the United States.  Use the “Living in St. Louis” section below to find out more about our wonderful city.

Can I stay on campus during holiday vacation breaks? / If no, what are the other alternatives?

You may stay on campus during short breaks with the advance approval of your hall director.  For Christmas and Summer Breaks, students will need to make other living arrangements (there may be some exceptions to this rule, but please discuss with your hall director far in advance for more details).  If you need help finding a place to stay for these breaks, please inform the Office of International Student Services at least a month in advance so we can assist you in finding a safe place.

How do I prepare for the weather?

St. Louis weather can get very cold.  Bring warm clothes for the winter including a heavy coat, as we do experience snow and ice in the winter.  Spring and Fall are generally mild, with only a light jacket or sweater being necessary.  Summer weather is warm and can sometimes reach temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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