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					Brought to you by the Missouri International Student Council (MISC)

http://misc.missouri.edu
Welcome from the Vice Provost

Welcome to the University of Missouri-Columbia and to
the exciting experience of studying in the United States.
We are pleased that you choose to study at Mizzou and
recognize that you had many choices of universities at
which to spend the next few years of your life. We also
pleased to commend you for your decision to study
abroad and acquire for yourself a life changing
experience.

The University of Missouri (MU) at Columbia is a research one, land-grant university and holds
membership in the prestigious American Association of Universities (AAU).
MU is also the oldest Jeffersonian University, west of the Mississippi river and is known for both
academic rigor and for being one of the most esthetically pleasing (beautiful) campuses to be
found in the USA. Our university is most proud of our long tradition of hosting international
students from around the world.

The Office of the Vice Provost is pleased to introduce you to this Survival Guide for
International Students which supplements the Handbook provided by the Office of Student
Affairs. This survival guide is written based on real world experience by the true experts on
adjustment to Columbia and MU – your peers. It is a labor of commitment and is designed to
help you make a smoother transition to living in Columbian, Missouri on the MU campus and
immediate environs.

Inside this and other documents you will find mention of many activities and none are more
appreciated or important than the International Festivals and Celebrations, jointly hosted by the
Missouri International Students Council (MISC) and the general student body. You are
encouraged to join as soon as possible and help make your transition to US and MU cultures
more enjoyable.

Our International Center hosts many offices and programs that are here to support you and
encourage your success. Please plan to visit early and let us help you feel at home.

Sincerely,



Handy Williamson, Jr.
Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategic Initiatives




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Dear New Students,

       I would like to welcome all new students, who have

come from different countries to explore the different cultural

experiences and to seek academic success here at MU. I hope

that it has been a smooth transformation experience for you so

far in this new environment.

       On behalf of the MISC, we are very glad to offer you this Information Book (Survival

Guide). This book has been initiated and created by the Missouri International Student Council,

which is student organization that works in collaboration with any international-oriented

organizations at MU. We hope that this booklet will provide you with some essential information

with regard to living at MU as well as Columbia.

       I hope that you will enjoy your new academic life and experience the rich cultural

diversity at MU. Welcome once again and if you need any help or if you want to get involved

with the International Student Council, please contact us via email at tb5e5@mizzou.edu

I am sure that all the current students are very excited to meet and share the journey with you

here at MU.


Sincerely yours,




Thitinun Boonseng

President
Missouri International Student Council




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                                                          Table of Contents
SETTLING IN COLUMBIA

Housing .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Finding your place to live: On-campus and Off-campus Housing ........................................... 5
Setting up Utilities......................................................................................................................... 5
Ethnic Grocery Stores .................................................................................................................. 6
Banks in Columbia........................................................................................................................ 7
United States Postal Services (USPS).......................................................................................... 7
Getting Around Columbia (Transportation).............................................................................. 7
Bus System (Columbia Transit)................................................................................................... 7
Taxi................................................................................................................................................. 8
Shuttle Bus (to St. Louis Airport and Kansas City Airport) .................................................... 8
Own a Vehicle................................................................................................................................ 8
Job Opportunities for International Students.......................................................................... 11

GETTING READY FOR CLASS

Campus Map & List of University Building Codes ................................................................. 12
Getting Textbooks....................................................................................................................... 14
IATS – Information & Access Technology Services................................................................ 14
Blackboard and WebCT – Technology in Classes ................................................................... 14
Another Technology – Electronic Reserves.............................................................................. 15
Other Resources Relating to Libraries ..................................................................................... 17
Additional Resources .................................................................................................................. 17

GETTING INVOLVED IN COMMUNITIES

List of Religious Services around Campus ............................................................................... 18
List of Cultural Organizations at MU....................................................................................... 19
     Organization........................................................................................................................ 19
     Website................................................................................................................................. 19

CAMPUS RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS

International Center ................................................................................................................... 20
Asian Affairs Center ................................................................................................................... 21
International Student Career Center........................................................................................ 22
Women’s Center.......................................................................................................................... 22
International Teaching Assistants Program............................................................................. 23
Office of Cashier: Non-resident Alien Taxation ...................................................................... 23
About Missouri International Student Council (MISC) ......................................................... 24




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                                              Housing

Finding your place to live: On-campus and Off-campus Housing
Living off-campus is preferred by many international students as it is generally cheaper than on-
campus housing. However, living on-campus is more convenient and should be strongly
considered as well. For more information on campus housing, please visit:
http://reslife.missouri.edu/
As for the off-campus housing, detailed information on apartments in Columbia area can be
obtained through the Apartment Finder booklet, which is available at the International Center or
online at http://www.ApartmentFinder.com

It is advisable to fill out applications to more than one housing complex because acceptance to
any one place is not guaranteed. Many places charge application fees and will charge security
deposits prior to moving in. You are likely to be responsible for utility (i.e. electricity, water,
gas, etc.) and phone costs beyond the overall monthly charges.
The following important factors must be considered when choosing a place to stay;
     - Price,
     - Distance from campus,
     - How soon a room will be available,
     - Lease requirements,
     - Services e.g. Laundry facilities,
     - And other features e.g. pools, or parking spaces.

Setting up Utilities
If you choose to live off-campus, in most cases, you will need to pay the electricity, gas, water,
trash, and other services for your apartments. Refer to your landlord which services you will
need to arrange, and which provider serves your area before installation.

Electricity
City of Columbia:
Open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Apply at the City-County Building, 725 E.
Broadway, call 874-7380 or look for more information online at http://gocolumbiamo.com/

Boone Electric Cooperative:
Apply in person at 1413 Rangeline. Call 573-449-4181 for more information.

Gas
AmerenUE: To apply, call 1-800-552-7583

Water
Refer to your landlord which provider serves your area; the City of Columbia or the public water
districts.




Trash Collection
City of Columbia:


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Provides curbside trash pick-up once a week. Call 573-874-6291 to find out which day trash is
collected. You will be automatically billed for trash collection once you open your water and
electricity account. However, if you live outside the city, you need to arrange a trash collection
with a private company.

Recycling
City of Columbia:
Provides curbside collection for recyclable materials along with the trash collection. For more
information, call Columbia Public Works Department at 573-874-6291.

You apartment complex may also have recycling bins. Contact your apartment manager for
more information.

Cable
Mediacom: 901 N. College or call 573-443-1535
Charter Communications: 573-875-8875

Telephone
CenturyTel, 625 E. Cherry St.
   - Installation: call 1-800-201-4099
   - Repair: 1-800-824-2877
   - Phone Books: Avaiable at the CenturyTel Office

Ethnic Grocery Stores
Chong’s Oriental Market                        Global Foods Market
701 Locust St.                                 421 N. Kirkwood Rd.
Columbia, MO                                   St. Louis, MO
573-443-1977                                   314-835-1112
Hong Kong Market                               Grand Chinese Grocery Inc.
3504 I-70 SE Drive                             3469 S. Grand Blvd.
Columbia, MO                                   St. Louis, Mo
                                               314-664-1688
Kea International Market                       Jay International Food Co.
705 Vandiver Drive                             3172 S. Grand Blvd.
Columbia, Mo                                   St. Louis, MO
573-449-7848                                   314-772-2552
Taj Emporium (Indian)                          Seema Enterprises
1400 Fellows Place                             10635 Page Ave.
Columbia, MO                                   St. Louis, MO
573-442-5201                                   314-423-9990
World Harvest International &                  Hien Vuong Restaurant Oriental
Gourmet Foods                                  Restaurant and Market
3700 Monterey Dr.                              417 Main St.
Columbia, MO                                   Kansas City, MO
573-442-3833                                   816-842-1020
Central Trading Co.                            Oriental Market Inc.
8150 Olive Blvd.                               20 E. Fifth St.
St. Louis, MO                                  Kansas City, MO
314-993-4303                                   816-472-6363
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Banks in Columbia

Managing Money (Banks)                        UMB Bank
Bank of America                               Brady Commons 901 Rollins (On Campus)
800 E. Cherry St.                             573 – 449 – 4306
573 – 876 – 6260                              http://www.umb.com
http://www.bankofamerica.com
                                              Missouri Student Federal Credit Union
Boone County National Bank                    3 Brady Commons (On Campus)
720 East Broadway                             573 – 443 – 8462
573 – 874 – 8571                              http://www.students.missouri.edu/~msfcu
http://www.boonebank.com
                                              US Bank
Commerce Bank                                 1000 E. Broadway
2103 W. Ash St.                               573 – 443 – 1621
573 – 886 – 5200                              http://www.usbank.com
http://www.commercebank.com

First National Bank
E-801 E. Broadway
573 – 499 – 7333
http://www.fnb-columbia.com



United States Postal Services (USPS)
Location: 511 East Walnut St.
Phone: (800) 275 – 8777
Fax: (573) 876 – 7857
Website: http://www.usps.com
Service Detail:
       Domestic Mail: $0.37 ~
       International Mail: $0.60 ~
       Domestic Shipping: $2.81 ~
       International Shipping: $4.00 ~

The cost of service will depend on 1) size, 2) weight, 3) direction, 4) insurance and/or tracking
service, 5) how fast you want the mail/shipment to arrive. For more information, contact the
USPS location above. You can also purchase stamps at Customer Service in front of University
Bookstore at Brady Commons.



                         Getting Around Columbia (Transportation)

   Bus System (Columbia Transit)

   Bus Stop
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Designated bus stops on Columbia Transit routes are marked with the blue Bus Stop sign.
You can also get on and off a bus at any street corner at the end of the block. If any
passenger wishes to catch a bus at an un-marked intersection, they should make an effort to
alert the driver to the fact that they are interested in catching the bus (e.g. a raised, open hand
and eye-contact with the driver.)

Operating Hours
Monday ~ Wednesday: 6:25am to 6:20pm
Thursday ~ Friday: 6:25am to 10:05pm
Saturday: 9:45am to 10:05pm
Sunday: Closed

Fares
- Fifty cents for regular fare
- Twenty-five cents for children (age 5 to 11), senior citizen, Medicare recipients, certified
   handicapped individuals and students with a valid student ID. Reduced-fare bus passes
   are also available on a monthly/semester basis.

Routes
There are four different bus routes in Columbia: Orange, Blue, Green, and Red. Check the
Bus Schedule pamphlet issued by Columbia Transit for more detail or you can visit
http://www/gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/Transportation/transit.html to find more
information about the Columbia Transit.

Taxi
A-1 Taxi Inc……………………………………………………….573 – 874 - 7110
Yellow Cap Company…………………………………………….573 – 499 – 3988

Shuttle Bus (to St. Louis Airport and Kansas City Airport)
MoX………………………………………………………………..573 – 256 – 1991
Website: http://www.moexpress.com


Own a Vehicle
After a while, you might decide to buy a car of your own. There are tons of tips and
information on Internet about the purchase of new and used cars. Take advantage of it and it
can help prevent most of the problem that might occur in car purchasing. Generally
speaking, there are a few things you can look out for while buying a car.


Selecting a Car
Research the vehicles that fit into your price range, and narrow down your selection. Find
out everything there is to know about the type of vehicle or vehicles you have in mind.
http://www.kbb.com
The Kelly Blue Book website can provide some useful information in researching for the
price of new and pre-owned vehicles. It provides the dealer price and private selling price of
cars that is available on the market. Fill in the model, year, and condition of the car of your
choice (in the case of a pre-owned car), and the website can provide a price quote of the


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   value of the car. The blue book price is the price both dealer and private party refers to when
   they set the price for a pre-owned vehicle.

   Test Drive
   Try o take a drive for at least 10 minutes so that the car is heated up and any possible
   problems can present themselves. The longer the test drive, the more likely you are to find
   any possible problems the car has.

   You should be sure to pay careful attention to the way the car handles in city and highway
   driving, brakes, and steering. It is also important to check the heating/air conditioning
   system and all accessories such as the radio, windows, windshield wipers, front and rear
   defrosters, and mirror and seat controls.

   Checking the Pre-owned Car’s History
   This website, http://www.carfax.com, provides history record of cars. Provide them with the
   VIN number of the car you are interested in and they will come up with accident records,
   mileage of cars, number of owners and service record of manufacturer. Most cars’ VIN
   number can be found on the dashboard by the windshield. Ask the owner for the VIN
   number if you cannot find it.

   Inspecting a Used Car
   When considering a used vehicle, one of the most important things to do is to have the car
   inspected by an independent mechanic. This could cost from $50 - $150, depending on the
   car, but it is a worthwhile investment. If you are shopping at a dealership, do not allow the
   dealerships mechanics to look at the car for you since they have a vested interest in you
   buying the car. Never, under any circumstances, buy a car without having a mechanic
   inspect it first.

   Tell the mechanic that you are considering purchasing the vehicle, and have them check
   everything out and list any problem they may find. Get a repair estimate for any problem the
   car has. You can use this later for bargaining power when you negotiate the price of the car.




   The following are some mechanics available in Columbia

Custom Muffler                                Ewers Tires & Service
606 E. Nifong                                 1005 N. Fairview Rd.
(573) 817 – 2300                              (573) 446 – 1515

Business Loop I-70E & Rangeline               419 E. Broadway
(573) 443 – 5916                              (573) 449 – 3869

2101 W. Worley
(573) 445 – 9000                              Midas
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                                               1201 Business Loop E
215 S. Providence Rd.                          (573) 443 – 0493
(573) 875 – 5370
                                               Joe Machens Ford
                                               1911 West Worley Rd.
                                               (573) 445 – 4411



   The easiest way to find cars for sale is to get a copy of the “Missouri Auto Guide” or
   “Central Missouri’s Wheels & Deals”. Both publications are available in front of the post
   office on Walnut Street, or you can logon to http://www.amileofcars.com.

Missouri Driver’s License/Permit for Non-Citizen

   To do this, you will need documentation for three things:

   1. Proof of Presence:
   This will vary depending upon what your status is regarded as here in the US. But for the
   most part, you should be able to use one of the following.
   - I-551 card (resident alien card)
   - Passport that has been stamped with one of the following statements
          o “I-551 approved” or
          o “Processed for I-551”
   - Re-entry permit, I-327
   - I-94 stamped “Processed for I-551”
   - Passport

   If you are uncertain of which of these you will need for your proof of presence, please check
   the list at the following link: http://www.dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/idrequirements.pdf

   2. Proof of Identity:
   For this, you will need one of the following:
   - Social Security Number, or
   - A letter from the SSA (Social Security Administration) regarding your Social Security
      Number Status

   And

   If your name on one of these documents does not match your current name, you must also
   present your Passport (valid or expired)

   3. Proof of Residency:
   For this one, you can bring your most recent utility bill (phone, gas, water, electric, cable,
   etc.)

   Then, you will need to take written test and practical driving test at Missouri License Bureau
   (1500 Vandiver Suite 110). You can also get a study material for the written test. After you
   pass the test, you will be issued a driver’s permit after 60 days.
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                        Job Opportunities for International Students

Rules for International Students
International students with F-1 visas can work on campus up to 20 hours per week during
regular semesters (Winter and Fall). During summer and winter break, students can work up
to 40 hours per week. This rule does not apply to students with J-1 visas. Contact the
International Center for further information.

Types of Jobs
Students have a variety of job opportunities on campus, although some jobs are competitive.
You may find jobs at the following facilities.
- Dining Halls (food service): http://web.missouri.edu/~mufood
- Libraries (security, clerical, shelving, etc): http://mulibraries.missouri.edu
- The Student Recreation Center: http://www.mizzourec.com
- Computer Labs: http://iatservices.missouri.edu
- Research Laboratories
- Department offices
- Parking Enforcement Office: http://mubsweb.missouri.edu/parking/
- University Hospital: http://www.hsc.missouri.edu/~jobs

How to Find and Apply
Go to the Career center’s website, http://career.missouri.edu, or the Human Resource
Service’s website, http://web.missouri.edu/~hrswww.index.html. On these websites, you
will be able to find updated information on job opportunities. However, some departments
do not post the information on these websites. In this case, you should directly contact the
offices of the departments where you think you would like to work. Each dining hall has
applications in the office. Some departments, such as the IAT service, University Hospital,
and University Bookstore, provide on-line applications. In this case, you can go to their
websites and search for job information.

Salary
Salary usually ranges minimum ($5.15.) to ~ $9 unless the jobs require you to have some
technical skills.

Tips:

1. Start Early:
It is easier to get jobs at the beginning of a semester than in the middle or at the end of a
semester.

2. Be Active:
You might be more likely to get a job if you directly contact people in charge of hiring.
Since they keep a great number of applications, it could be easier for them to see a potential
employer in person.

3. Apply for as many jobs as you want:
Applying for many jobs will not hurt you. Employers are often busy so that they may not be
able to tell you in a timely manner whether they will hire you. You should apply for couple
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jobs that you are interested in and wait for their answers. After passage of a few days, visit
the potential employer in person to assure him/her of your genuine interest.

Finding Classes to Take (Schedule of Courses)
The Schedule of Courses is a database of classes being offered during the fall, winter, and
summer school sessions at Mizzou. It essentially combines everything you need to know to
help you register and plan for your upcoming semester courses. Along with the name of the
course you are interested in, you will also be able to find out which semester it is offered, the
times and location of the class, the instructor’s name, whether it is open or full, and the
reference number that you will need in order to register. However, it is important to
remember that the database is not instantly updated. It is updated nightly, so you will want to
use STARMU to double check any information you receive). To use this tool, follow these
instructions.
1) Go to the following website: http://registrar.Missouri.edu
2) On the left hand column, select “Schedule of Courses”
3) At the top of the page, select the first link “Schedule of Courses Online”

Online Registration and Info Access (STAR MU)
This is a program specifically designed for Mizzou students in order to allow them to register
and access their course schedule, change their address and biographic information, obtain
class schedule and statement of fees via E-mail, access course availability, access personal
finance information and refund status, obtain semester grades, and request degree audit
reports. Access to STARMU is available on and off campus. To log on to STARMU, you
will need your Mizzou Student Number along with your PIN (Personal Identification
Number). The hours of operation for STARMU are as follows:

Monday – Friday……………………………….7am to 9pm
Saturday………………………………………...7:30am to 9pm
Sunday………………………………………….1pm to 9pm

1) To learn how to log on to STARMU, first go to the following website:
   http://www.missouri.edu
2) On the right side of the page under Mizzou Links, select “STARMU” at the top of the
   list.
3) Click on either STARMU Tutorial to learn more about the program, or click on
   STARMU (First-Time Users).

Campus Map & List of University Building Codes
In Schedule of Courses and STAR MU, you will find that the buildings where classes are
located be shown in codes such as “CNSRV”. Here is the list of University Building Codes
to help you recognize a building by a code. You can also use MU Campus Map online at
http://map.missouri.edu

A&S…………………………………………….…………………………………….Arts and Science
ABNR………………………………………………………………..Anheiser Busch Nat. Res. Bldg
AE LB……………………………..…………………………………….Agricultural Engr Laboratory
AG EN………………………………………………………………………..Agricultural Engineering
AG LB…………………………………………………………………………..Agriculture Laboratory
AGR………………………………………………………………………………………….Agriculture
ALLEN AUD…………………………………………………………..Allen Auditorium (A & S Bldg)
ASC………………………………………………………………………..Academic Support Center

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ASRC…………………………………………………………………..Animal Sci. Research Center
BL CLT…………………………………………………………………………..Black Culture Center
BRADY……………………………………………………………………………….Brady Commons
BREWR…………………………………………………………………………...Brewer Field House
CHEM………………………………………………………………………………………...Chemistry
CLARK……………………………………………………………………………………………..Clark
CNSRV AUD……………..Conservation Auditorium (Anheiser Busch Natural Resources Bldg)
CONWY……………………………………………………………………………………...Connaway
CORNL…………………………………………………………………………………………..Cornell
CRWDR………………………………………………………………………………………..Crowder
CURTS…………………………………………………………………………………………….Curtis
EB-W………………………………………………………………………Engineering Building West
ECKLS……………………………………………………………………………………………Eckles
ELLIS……………………………………………………………………………………….Ellis Library
FAA…………………………………………………………………………………….Fine Arts Annex
FAB-A……………………………………………………………………………Fine Arts Building-Art
FAB-M……………………………………………………………………….Fine Arts Building-Music
FAB-T……………………………………………………………………...Fine Arts Building-Theatre
FSHER AUD…………………………………………………………….Fisher Auditorium (Gannett)
GANNT………………………………………………………………………………………….Gannett
GCB……………………………………………………………………..General Classroom Building
GEOL……………………………………………………………………………..Geological Sciences
GILLT…………………………………………………………………………………………….Gillette
GNTRY…………………………………………………………………………………………...Gentry
GWYNN………………………………………………………………………………………….Gwynn
HALL THEATR……………………………………………………………………………Hall Theatre
HATCH……………………………………………………………………………………….Hatch Hall
HILL…………………………………………………………………………………………………...Hill
HILKER…………………………………………………………………Hillcrest (Stephens Campus)
HLSTN……………………………………………………………………………………..Hulston Hall
HMGT CENTER…………………………………………………………Home Management Center
JESSE………………………………………………………………………………………..Jesse Hall
KELLER AUD……………………………………………………...Keller Aud (Geological Sci Bldg)
KETCHM……………………………………………………..Ketchum Auditorium (Engr Bldg East)
KOMU………………………………………………………………………………………..KOMU-TV
LAFFR……………………………………………………………………………………..Lafferre Hall
LEE HL……………………………………………………………………………………Lee Hills Hall
LEWIS……………………………………………………………………………………………..Lewis
LFVRE…………………………………………………………………………………………...Lefevre
LOEB………………………………………………………………………………………….Loeb Hall
LONDN…………………………………………………………………………………………..London
LOWRY……………………………………………………………………………………………Lowry
LSC………………………………………………………………………………..Life Science Center
MATH……………………………………………………………………………………Math Sciences
MCAL…………………………………………………………………………………………McAlester
MCKEE……………………………………………………………………………McKee Gymnasium
MDLBH……………………………………………………………………………………..Middlebush
MMFRD………………………………………………………………………………………..Mumford
MMMHC………………………………………………………………….Mid-Mo Mental Health Cntr
MRYLND…………………………………………………………………………………609 Maryland
MSB………………………………………………………………………..Medical Sciences Building
NEFF…………………………………………………………………………………Neff and Addition
NEWMN……………………………………………………………………………….Newman Center
NOYES…………………………………………………………………...Noyes (Student Health Ctr)
NURSE………………………………………………………………………………..Nursing Building
PARK……………………………………………………………………………………………..Parker
PCKRD…………………………………………………………………………………………..Pickard
PERSH…………………………………………………………………………………………Pershing
PHYS……………………………………………………………………………………………Physics
PSYCH AN RES………………………………………………………Psychology Animal Res. Cntr
READ…………………………………………………………………………………………Read Hall
R P D…………………………………………………………………...Research Park Development
RESPCT………………………………………………………………………………………..Respect
RESPNS…………………………………………………………………………………Responsibility
ROTH……………………………………………………………………………Rothwell Gymnasium

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SCH A………………………………………………………………………………….Schlundt Annex
SCHLT…………………………………………………………………………………………Schlundt
SCHW……………………………………………………………………………………….Schweitzer
SOC…………………………………………………………………………………………...Sociology
STAN…………………………………………………………………………………………….Stanley
STEPH………………………………………………………………………………………...Stephens
STWRT………………………………………………………………………………………….Stewart
SWALW………………………………………………………………………………………...Swallow
SWIM…………………………………………………………………...Swimming Pool (Natatorium)
SWITZ……………………………………………………………………………………..Switzler Hall
TATE………………………………………………………………………………………………...Tate
TCKR……………………………………………………………………………………………..Tucker
TOWNS………………………………………………………………………………………Townsend
TRO…………………………………………………………..Trowbridge Center (Livestock Center)
UNION…………………………………………………………………………………Memorial Union
V MED…………………………………………………………………………….Veterinary Medicine
VET C…………………………………………………………………………………Veterinary Clinic
VET D………………………………………………………………………Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
VET HOSP………………………………………………………………………...Veterinary Hospital
VET S………………………………………………………………………………Veterinary Science
W WMS………………………………………………………………………………...Walter Williams
WATRS…………………………………………………………………………………………..Waters
WM STR………………………………………………...William L Stringer Wing (Eckles Addition)
WRNCH……………………………………………………………Jesse Wrench (Memorial Union)

Getting Textbooks
Now that you are here, you are going to need to know where to get those textbooks.

The University Bookstore is located in Brady Commons, across from the cafeteria. Once
inside the bookstore, there is a staircase leading downstairs to the textbooks. Books are
organized by subjects, so use the signs above the shelves to find the right subject, and then
use the course number of your class to find the correct books. If you need help figuring out
which textbooks you need for class, there are several assistants working there to make sure
that you get what you need. For them to help you best, it is recommended that you print out
your course schedule when you go to retrieve your books. For more information, go to
University Bookstore website at http://www.mubookstore.com

IATS – Information & Access Technology Services
Information and Access Technology Services (IATS) is Mizzou’s main sources for anything
and everything regarding technology access, issues, or problems on campus. If at any time
you have questions or concerns regarding a technical issue, you might want to contact IATS
for additional help. Their website is located at http://iatservices.missouri.edu

Blackboard and WebCT – Technology in Classes
These two websites serve as tools that many instructors at Mizzou like to use in order to post
announcements, course documents and links, quizzes, exam scores, and other things such as
contact information and office hours. At the beginning of each semester, Mizzou will
automatically place any of your registered courses that use either of these tools onto the
website for you. All you have to do is sign onto the website, use your Mizzou Pawprint and
Password, and then check to see which of your courses are available on each of these sites.
1) Go to the following link: http://courses.missouri.edu
2) Click either Blackboard or WebCT. (It is recommended that you check both)
3) Click he Login button, and/or enter your Mizzou Pawprint and Password.
4) If there are any course listed for you, select the course(s).


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Another Technology – Electronic Reserves
Similar to Blackboard and WebCT, the MU Libraries’ Electronic Reserve System (ERes)
contains current course-related materials submitted by faculty for the use of enrolled
students. Materials include past exams, problem notes, readings and assignments. To check
if you have any course located on ERes,

1) Go to the following website, http://eres.missouri.edu
2) Click on “Electronic Reserve and Course Material”
3) On the next page, you may search for your course according to your instructor’s name,
   the Department and then course name, or you can use the speed search function. In order
   to access your course information, you may or may not need a password provided by
   your instructor.

Accessing Your Files Anywhere with Bengal Space
As a student at Mizzou, you have been given 150 MB of space to use for web hosting,
storage, statistical analysis, or programming. Your storage space is accessible from both on
and off campus, and uses a simple interface that allows you to click and drag files to and
from your Bengal Space. Each campus computer has a desktop icon that says Bengal Space,
which will allow you to access your space. In order to access or save files to your Bengal
Space from off campus, you will need to download an additional (free) program called
SecureFX. To do this, simply follow these steps:

1)   Go to the following link, http://iatservices.missouri.edu
2)   On the left hand column, click on “Computers”
3)   When the left hand menu drops down, select “Web/Storage”
4)   Near the top of the page, select “Access & File Transfer”
5)   Click on the link that says “Software Distribution Center”
6)   Click the Login button, and enter your Mizzou Pawprint and Password
7)   Select “Software” at the top
8)   Click the first drop down box and look for “SecureFX”, then click Go
9)   Click the “Get It!” button at the bottom right of the page.

Campus Libraries
Ellis Library
Location: Ellis is located in the center of campus adjacent to the Arts and Sciences building,
and across from the Music and Arts building.
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 8am – midnight
Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: Noon – midnight

Health Sciences Library
Location: This library is the building just south of the Rec Center and Stankowski field
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 7am – 1am
Friday: 7am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: Noon – 1am
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School of Law Library
Location: The School of Law Library is located in Hulston Hall, on the campus of the
University of Missouri – Columbia
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5:45pm
Friday: 8am – 4:45pm
Saturday: 10am – 3:45pm
Sunday: Closed

Engineering Library
Location: The library is located at the top of the staircase on the second floor in Lafferre
Hall. The entrance via Sixth Street to the building provides the quickest means of reaching
the library.
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 8pm

Veterinary Medical Library
Location: The Veterinary Medical Library is located in room W218 of the Veterinary
Medicine Building, which is located on the south side of Rollins Street in the eastern campus
area of the university.
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 9pm
Friday: 7:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: 1pm – 8pm

Mathematical Sciences Library
Location: The Mathematical Sciences Library is located in Room 206 on the second floor of
the Mathematical Sciences Building. The building is located across Rollins St. from the
General Classroom Building.
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: Noon – 3pm
Sunday: Closed

School of Journalism Library
Location: The Journalism Library is temporarily located in 27 Neff Annex. Neff Annex is
located near the corner of Elm and Ninth Streets.
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: Noon – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm


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Geology Library
Location: The Geological Sciences Library is located in room 201 of the Geology Building.
The Geology Building is located on Circle Drive along the Quad.
Hours of Operation (during regular academic sessions):
Monday – Thursday: 8am – Noon, 1pm – 7pm
Friday: 8am – Noon, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 2pm – 5pm

Other Resources Relating to Libraries
MERLIN is a catalog system that can help you locate the book or article that you are looking
for, as well as provide references, and often summaries, to journal and newspaper articles,
conference proceedings, dissertations and more. It can be accessed from the following
website: http://merlin.missouri.edu

MOBIUS, also known as the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, is a database
that combines information from several schools across Missouri in order to allow faculty and
students to request library materials using any personal computer in any location with access
to the Internet. Requested materials are delivered within one or two days of being requested
by the MOBIUS delivery system. It can be accessed from the following website,
http://mobius.missouri.edu/search

The Article Database is a resource that can be found on the Ellis library website, which
allows you to skim through Mizzou’s collection of articles by name, topic, or type. The site
can also be reached through the following website,
http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/refservices/db/main.asp

Microfilm is also available for viewing on the fourth floor (West) of Ellis Library. Our
current collection contains thousands of articles, including documents from the National
Archives, CIA Reports, Dramas and Playbills, 10-K Reports, and newspapers from all around
the globe.

Electronic Journals is another resource available through Ellis Library’s website and
requires your Mizzou pawprint and password. This is an interface that will allow you to
search for a particular journal or article according to name, title, date, or issue, and then allow
you to access the article straight from your own computer. It may also be reached from the
following site, http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/tdnet

Additional Resources
Fact Finder is a website provided by the United States Census Bureau and provides
additional information, fact sheets, and statistics you may want to use for a paper or project
regarding people, housing, business or government affairs, maps, and geography.
http://factfinder.census.gov

A Website for help with citations and different styles for sources citing and bibliographies
can be found here, http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguid/cite/works_cited.htm




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List of Religious Services around Campus

   This is a list of a few religious services offered in the immediate campus area.

Agape Church                                  International Community Church
515 Hickman Ave.                              1205 University Ave
(573) 443 – 5316                              (573) 256 – 1720

Assembly of God-First                         International Friends
1100 N. 7th St                                1205 University Ave
(573) 443 – 3626                              (573) 441 – 2410

Campus Crusade for Christ                     InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
1005 Cherry St.                               1005 Cherry St.
(573) 499 – 4710                              (573) 443 – 5961

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day          Korean First Presbyterian Church
Saints                                        16 Hitt St.
305 S. College Ave.                           (573) 256 – 7029
(573) 443 – 3055
                                              Missouri United Methodist Church
Columbia Korean Baptist Church                204 S. 9th St.
3601 Interstate 70 Dr NW                      (573) 443 – 3111
(573) 446 – 6036
                                              New Hope Church
Community United Methodist Church             1123 Wilkes Blvd
3301 W. Broadway                              (573) 443 – 3777
(573) 445 – 6131
                                              St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
First Presbyterian Church                     914 West Blvd
16 Hitt St.                                   (573) 449 – 5674
(573) 442 – 1164
                                              The Islamic Center of Central Missouri
Grace Bible Church                            201 S. 5th St.
1322 Paris Rd.                                (573) 875 – 4633
(573) 449 – 6794
                                              United Pentecostal Church
Healing Room of Columbia Inc                  211 Benton St.
201 W Broadway                                (573) 442 – 4121
(573) 256 – 4325

House of Enlightenment
700 N Garth Ave
(573) 256 – 7307




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List of Cultural Organizations at MU

   Cultural organizations at MU are listed below. For more information, go to
   http://getinvolved.missouri.edu

   Organization                             Website
   African Students Association             http://students.missouri.edu/~asa
   Amnesty International                    http://amnesty.missouri.edu
   Anjuman                                  N/A
   Asian American Association               http://students.missouri.edu/~aaa
   Association of Malaysian Students        http://www.missouri.edu/~ctl2m5/AMS/index.html
   Bangladesh Student Association           N/A
   Chinese Business Student Association     http://www.mucbsa.org
   Centro Latino de Salud, Educacion y      N/A
   Cultura
   Cross National Student Association       http://students.missouri.edu/~cnsa
   Cultural Association of India            http://www.missouri.edu/~mayur
   European Student Association             http://eu.missouri.edu/Eustudent.html
   Friendship Association of Chinese        http://www.missouri.edu/~facss
   Students/Scholars
   German Club                              N/A
   Hispanic/Latin American Faculty and      http://web.missouri.edu/hlafsa
   Staff Association
   Hong Kong and Friends Club               N/A
   International Connection                 http://students.missouri.edu/~ic
   International Friends                    http://www.ivcfif.org
   Japanese Students Association            http://students.missouri.edu/~japstuas
   Jewish Student Organization              http://students.missouri.edu/~jso
   Korean Student Association               http://students.missouri.edu/~muksa
   Latin American Student Association       http://students.missouri.edu/~lasa
   Luso-Brazillian Student Association      N/A
   Missouri International Student Council   http://misc.missouri.edu
   (MISC)
   MSA International Programming            http://msa.missouri.edu
   Committee (IPC)
   MU’s International Club                  N/A
   Multicultural Issues MSA                 http://msa.missouri.edu
   Multi-Cultural Media Association         http://www.mcfa.us
   Muslim Student Organization              http://www.missouri.edu/~mso
   Pangaea Sponsored Learning               N/A
   Community
   Romanian Student Association             http://students.missouir.edu/~romso
   Russian Club                             N/A
   South Asian Student Organization         http://students.missouri.edu/~sangam
   Taiwanese Student Organization           http://students.missouri.edu/~tsa
   Thai Student Association                 http://www.missouri.edu/~thaiwww

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International Center
Located in the basement of Memorial Union’s North wing, the International Center is an
invaluable resource for incoming and current international students. Their staffs have dedicated
their times to provide quality support services to MU’s international students and scholars, as
well as to advance the interest of the international community here at the University of Missouri-
Columbia.

For a quick, simple questions about immigration and procedures, the International Student &
Scholar Services (ISSS) offers a Walk-in Advising, where international students may see an
advisor for up to a 10-minute time slot on a no-appointment, first-come first-served basis. You
can sigh up for walk-in advising at the International Center reception area.

For tasks and questions that require more paperwork, such as changes in your status, you should
schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling the International Center to schedule a 30-
minute appointment.

For information on the Advising Calendar, please visit:
http://international.missouri.edu/isss/services/advising.shtml

We encourage you to also check the International Center’s website for upcoming workshops and
events. To do so, please use the following link: http://international.missouri.edu/events

Last but not least, the international center also has their version of the survival guide. You may
seek for the electronic version at

http://international.missouri.edu/isss/downloads/welcome_fs.pdf

Office Location: N52 Memorial Union
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm.
Phone: (573) 882-6007
Fax: (573) 882-3223
Website: http://international.missouri.edu
After-hours Emergencies: For emergencies regarding the health and safety of an MU
international student or an MU student abroad outside of the regular office hours, call MU Police
Department at (573) 882-7201




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Asian Affairs Center
The Asian Affairs Center (AAC) is located downstairs of Memorial Union’s North Wing next to
the International Center. Among many goals they have, this center strives to work with
academic units at MU to strengthen the university’s Asia-related curriculum, to enhance
students’ opportunities to study aboard in the region, and to promote the joint faculty research
and travel opportunities in Asia.

The AAC also houses the Missouri International Training Institute (MITI), which strives to
promote global trade links and provide international managers with training programs in
business, management and numerous related fields.

For resources on Asia and Asia-related courses and study aboard opportunities in Asia,
please visit: http://asia.missouri.edu/asia

You do not have to be an Asian student to participate in many of the AAC’s events and
activities. The AAC invites you, no matter where you come from, to join them at their events
and share your culture with visiting scholars and professionals from Asia. For information
regarding upcoming events sponsored by the Asian Affairs Center, please visit:
http://asia.missouri.edu/aac/events.php

If you are a native English speaker, you can volunteer at the AAC as a conversation partner.
Conversation partners partner up with Asian visiting scholars to help them develop confidence
in using the English language and establish friendships with them. If you are interested in this
opportunity, please visit: http://asia.missouri.edu/asia/opendoors.php

Office Location: N49 Memorial Union
Office Hours: Monday through Fridays, 8am to 5pm (Central Time)
Phone: (573) 882-6902
Fax: (573) 884-2709
Email: umcaccoffice@missouri.edu

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International Student Career Center
ISCS is a free career service that specializes in helping international students with their various
career needs. They are located in the Student Success Center and are staffed by understanding
international and American students who have international experience. This organization
currently offers specially designed services aimed to help international students such as:
    - Individual career consultation (by walk-in, appointment, or over e-mail)
    - Semester-long workshop series that will enhance both your academic and vocational
        needs (If you would like to know the topics and schedule for their fall workshop series
        please contact ISCS or visit their new website debuting this fall.)
    - Resource career library that includes numerous books for students who wish to stay in the
        U.S. or return to their home country.

They can help you answer questions like;
   • How to find a part-time job or work experience
   • How to write an American-style resume
   • How to interview American style
   • And much more!

ISCS is a service that is constantly expanding and offering new resources and services, so visit
them regularly to see how they can help your academic and career needs.

Office Location: Student Success Center at 909 Lowry Mall (across from Ellis Library)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am – 4pm
Phone: (573) 882-6801
Fax: (573) 882-5440
Website: http://career.missouri.edu/ISCS
Email: career@missouri.edu

Women’s Center
The Women’s Center serves as a resource and an educational center for those who seek to further
their understanding of the changing roles of women and men in our society. They are located on
the second floor of Brady Commons here on campus. The office is full of resources including a
2,300-volume library of books and periodicals, vertical files of magazine and newspaper
clippings, audio recordings of over 1,200 Women’s Center programs, and a film and video
library. Their programs and workshops are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
They offer several programs that may be of interest:

   -   In-house seminars and interactive discussions
   -   Workshops and weekly groups
   -   Volunteer program
   -   Rape education and outreach programs
   -   Outreach programs for residence halls, sororities, fraternities, classes and community
       organizations

Special International programs that they offer include:
   - The Language Partner Program, which pairs American students with International
       students to assist the non-native English speaker with their conversational English,

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       awareness of American culture, and knowledge of living in Columbia, Missouri. They
       typically have two or three events (such as Potluck Parties) that bring all of the involved
       participants together to celebrate and enjoy good company. This is a great opportunity to
       meet new people and learn more about your self through others. To learn more about the
       program and to register, please visit:
       http://www.missouri.edu/~stulife/women/resources.php

Office Location: 229 Brady Commons
Phone: (573) 882-6621
Website: http://www.missouri.edu/~stulife/women/index.php
Email: umcwomenscenter@missouri.edu

International Teaching Assistants Program
The International Teaching Assistants Program (ITAP) offers many services to this end,
including language assessment for teaching assistants and graduate instructors, teaching
orientations for al TA’s and non-native speakers of English, and resources for language
instruction and improvement. The goal of the program is to ensure that students and instructors
communicate freely, and use that communication as a basis for a rewarding and enriching
experience in the classroom.

To learn more about services and resources offered by the ITAP, please visit:
http://gradschool.missouri.edu/ita/index.html

Office of Cashier: Non-resident Alien Taxation
Many of the international student and researchers at MU are non-resident aliens (NRA) for tax
purposes. The office of Cashier offers resources and assistances for those NRAs in preparing
and understating the U.S. tax system. Normally, the office will provide yearly walk-in tax return
preparation assistance (VITA) to non-resident students, faculty, and staff. To learn more and to
check the walk-in calendar, please visit http://www.missouri.edu/~forcash/nra.htm




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               About Missouri International Student
               Council (MISC)
Missouri International Student Council (MISC)

          MISC is a student organization at MU that works in collaboration with other cultural
student organizations to globalize our campus through the volunteerism of international student
communities. MISC organizes events that provide a platform of communication for international
students’ voices and the broader community, as well as promote the success of culturally diverse
partner organizations in order to bring global awareness to MU.

Visions

        International students and their organizations are crucial to the campus’s future and they
play a critical role in furthering the global competence, understanding, and partnership of MU.
To support increased internationalization at MU, MISC works to improve the academic life for
international students and enrich the cultural experiences of MU students, staff, faculty, and
surrounding communities. Such initiatives will help bring about MU’s potential to be in the
forefront of international education initiatives as well as the global crossroads to the community.

MISC functions and its potential benefits to MU

      1. MISC is committed to promoting and supporting the international and cultural events
on campus in order to help create the internationally diverse learning and working environment
which enrich international experiences of all students, staff, and faculty. This helps MU in
becoming a more diverse learning institution.

       2. MISC works to improve the learning, working, and living environment of international
students to ensure their well-being while living within the community and attending MU. By
unifying the voices of international students, the council looks into what can be done to resolve
problems or issues by means of deliberative forums and legislative action. This helps extend the
capacity of international students and scholars to do work and research, as well as their
contribution to the classroom or other learning environment. As international students’
experiences at MU are improved, their bond to MU as alumni will be strengthened.

        3. MISC serves as a communication platform by providing venues such as public forums
that allow students, both domestic and international, as well as staff and faculty to exchange
ideas and discuss various local and global issues. These issues can involve the concerns of
international students at the individual and organizational level. The platform helps promote
comprehension and collaboration among international student groups and minimizes conflicts or
misunderstanding among students, staff, and faculty. It also helps enhance global awareness of
both communities associated with MU and those surrounding the institution.




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Events Organized by MISC

   1. International Welcome Party




       The “International Student Welcome Party” is an event that targets international
students, foreign exchange students as well as domestic students. Currently, there are more than
1,400 international students and 300 international scholars at the University of Missouri-
Columbia. In the past, the individual international student associations were fragmented and
provided a welcome party only for their own ethnicity. The Missouri International Student
Council uses this opportunity to initiate and organize what has now become a unified welcoming
party for the international community and a representing voice of all international students,
regardless of their origin. The international student groups will each serve their own food and
give a brief cultural performance. During the last welcome reception in the Fall 2006 Semester
(September 2006), approximately 700 guests attended the event. The next International Welcome
Party will be on Saturday February 3rd, 2007.

   2. General Assembly Meeting




        The General Assembly Meeting a monthly meeting that provides opportunities for
international students and representatives from organizations to discuss pertinent issues. The
meetings also allow those representatives from international organizations to share information
about their organization, current activities, as well as announcing their upcoming events.




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   3. Public forums/ Open forums/ Discussion sessions




        Open forums are a more intensive venue for international students and representatives for
their organizations to discuss issues that matter to them. MISC organizes the forums to create
opportunities for issue stakeholders to come together and exchange their ideas and perspectives.
From the deliberative dialogue, MISC compiles a report that is useful for decision makers
regarding issues at hand.

       These issues can also encompass what is going on in the world. MISC encourages the
venue for international students and domestic students to interact with friends from other
countries and cultures. This interaction facilitates dialogue, which leads to greater understanding
of global issues, whether political, cultural or economic, as well as shared interests in peace and
cooperation. We can create a sense of involvement that extends beyond the borders of campus,
community and state. And as a result, stimulate student learning and enrich the local culture.

Examples of ongoing issues:

   1. International TA language competency
   2. Transportation for international students to/from the airport
   3. International housing
   4. Information and discussion session for the coup in Thailand (Co-organized with Thai
      Student Association)
   5. Writing support for international graduate students




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       International Students’ Survival Guide is presented by

                      Missouri International Student Council (MISC)
                                     SPECIAL THANKS
                                      Special Thanks to:

               Vice Provost for International Programs and Faculty Development


                                       MU Alumni Association


                                         Asian Affairs Center


                                         International Center


                                Our local business sponsor

                                        Salon Adair & Spa
                                    http://www.salonadair.com/



                              Regarding the 2005 International Student
                                          Survival Guide


Artitaya Jantaraprapa (New)     Public Relation Director/Editor in Chief   aj554@mizzou.edu

Sili Liang (Andrew)             Associate Public Relation Director

Maetee Patana-anake (Mo)        Web Communication




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For more information about MISC or this Survival Guide, please contact

Thitinun Boonseng (President)      Missouri International Student Council (MISC)
Email: Thitinun@mizzou.edu         A022 Brady Commons
                                   Columbia, MO 65211
Ashley Spratt (Vice President)     Website: http://misc.missouri.edu
Email: apsmqc@mizzou.edu




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