Travel Arrangements

There are several cities named Springfield in the United States, so 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. 

Request airport pick up

Students admitted for the Spring 2020 semester should make plans to arrive between January 2 and January 7, 2020. Missouri State University and International Services can provide additional resources if you are able to schedule your arrival at that time.

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. We encourage you to arrive a few days prior to New International Student Orientation. 

If you request airport pick up and your arrangements change for any reason, please call or email us to let us know.

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.