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Member Spotlight: Missouri Western State University

Posted By IRC, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Missouri Western State University is located in St. Joseph, Missouri, 45 minutes north of Kansas City. The university has over 5,000 students with approximately 100 international students who are recruited by the university through college fairs, U.S. commercial services, high school counselors, Education USA, and other outreach opportunities.

The International Center provides support services to Missouri Western State University’s international students and provides cultural engagement opportunities for the entire campus and broader community. The Center prepares students for their future careers, while at the same time allowing international students a platform to actively facilitate discussion and promote world understanding. The students' participation in internships and other applied-learning opportunities also greatly benefits both the students and the businesses and community members with whom they work. 

The International Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, puts on many events throughout the year, including the free International Fair, which occurs as a part of International Education Week. Last year, the International Fair hosted nearly 600 visitors during the 3-hour event. This year, the week will consist of an International Center Open House on November 12, a movie screening of Crazy Rich Asians on November 13, the International Fair on November 14 (3-6 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center), and the World Harvest Dinner on November 15. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Another upcoming event of the International Center is its annual Alternative Thanksgiving Break, funded largely by the student government association. Last year, students (both domestic and international) went to Chicago, and this year, they will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to learn more about the history of the United States and American culture as well as learning about the various cultures of its participants.

To learn more about the Missouri Western International Center, you can visit their website (, email them at », or call (816) 271-5981. For more information on Missouri Western State University you can visit their website (www.missouriwestern.eduor call (816) 271- 4200.

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