Traveling to Springfield, Missouri

There are several cities named Springfield in the United States. Make sure your final destination is Springfield, Missouri.

If you plan to arrive by air, fly directly to Springfield, Missouri at the Springfield Branson National Airport (SGF). We will provide an airport pick up for you free of charge from the #InternationalBears Welcome Crew. Complete the form at the link below at least 1 week before your arrival. 

Fall 2024 Arrival Information

Students admitted for the fall 2024 semester should make plans to arrive between July 22 and August 7, 2024. We cannot provide arrival support outside these dates.

Arriving during this time frame ensures access our arrival support resources and gives you time to settle into housing before New International Student Orientation on August 8, 2024.

When making your flight arrangements, remember that students on an F-1 or J-1 visa can arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Keep your housing considerations in mind if you decide to arrive early. 

If you request airport pick up and your arrangements change for any reason, please alert our arrival support team at

Our office is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except holidays). If you arrive outside of office hours and have not arranged for airport pick up or housing, you may call the Office of Transportation Services and they will contact a staff member to help you. Contact numbers are:

During Office Hours 417-836-6618
After Office Hours/Weekend
*Office of Transportation Services

We strongly encourage all new international students to request airport pick up to make your arrival in Springfield, Missouri as smooth as possible.

Packing Tips

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to packing. Following these tips will help you make sure you don't forget any of the basics.

  • Pack medications you use, including extra prescription lenses or contacts.

  • You don't have to over-pack. Springfield has many options when it comes to shopping so you may buy many items when you arrive.

  • Bring clothing you can layer. It will be warm if you arrive in the fall, and quite cold if you arrive for the spring semester. Review average temperatures so you know what to expect when you arrive.

  • We recommend that you pack any valuable items and documents in your carry-on luggage. Carry your immigration documents and passport on your person during your flight.

  • You may want to consider bringing small souvenirs from your country, a camera, cultural clothing, or photos from home.

  • Be sure to include your name and your new address on your bags in case they are lost in transit. If you aren't sure of your new address, you may use ours.

  • Remember not to pack weapons, electrical appliances, important items that might be stolen, candles or incense, animals, illegal drugs, or fresh food.