Cape Girardeau is located on the Mississippi River, approximately mid-way between St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee. Settled in the 1730s by French traders, it became a town in 1793 and has had both French and German influence. Cape Girardeau is noted as a stop on the Lewis and Clark exploration of the American west, a part of the 1838 Native American Trail of Tears, and more recently as “The City of Roses on the River.”
Bachelor Courses in English
Business, Industrial Technology, Mass Communications, and Fine Arts. Other disciplines may occasionally be possible (excluding nursing and education). Students taking a full course load normally register for 12 credit hours, which represents 4 courses each meeting 3 hours per week. Enrollment in 15 credit hours (5 courses) may be possible in consultation with the home school coordinator. For class schedules, click here (choose classes numbered 500 and below). Course descriptions are available here.
Master Courses in English
Business. Master-level students can participate for one semester or summer and can enroll in upper-level bachelor courses, master-level courses, research with courses, or research only. Master level students may enroll in 6-9 credit hours, which represents 2-3 courses each meeting 3 hours per week. General information about master-level courses can be found here; class information is available here (choose classes numbered 500 and above from the Master of Business Administration program).
Business. Bachelor or master level students interested in working on their thesis or final project may do so, with prior permission. Southeast can generally arrange a faculty advisor. For bachelor level students, 3 credit hours of independent study credit can be granted (6 ECTS). For master level students, 3 credit hours of independent study credit and 3 credit hours of MBA credit can be granted (12 ECTS). Students may participate in part-time courses, plus thesis work, or, if space is available, they may come to Southeast only to work on their thesis (no courses/credit; maximum duration 3 months). In some cases, the only-thesis option may be available only during the summer rather than the regular semester. Please inquire about the thesis-only option prior to applying.
The College of Business holds AACSB and NIBS (Network of International Business Schools) accreditation. The university has a variety of other accreditations.
Orientation is typically held on the Wednesday through Friday of the week prior to the start of classes.
Though placements cannot be guaranteed, unpaid on- and off-campus internships can usually be arranged in the areas of web design, research, computers, marketing, retail, and finance. Internships typically require a minimum commitment of 10-20 hours per week for 8 weeks. Depending on the duration, academic credit of 3-6 semester credit hours (6-12 ECTS units) can generally be granted.
Part-time employment is not possible for semester exchange students; limited opportunities exist for students who stay for the academic year. Should exchange students arrange part-time employment on their own, Southeast can usually cooperate to provide internship credit.
Students with Disabilities
Information is available online.
Grades & Transcripts
Southeast Missouri State uses a four point/letter grade evaluation system. For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.
Students should bring proof of coverage if they choose to arrange health insurance prior to arrival; insurance must comply with U.S. Department of State requirements. Health insurance purchased through the university is approximately $625 per semester, payable upon arrival.
International Student Orientation Fee
$150 (approximate). Payable upon arrival, this provides for the two-day international student orientation.
Electronic Resources Access Fee
Some courses have an electronic resources access fee.
Varies. Most exchange students live off-campus in apartments; housing deposits vary by property.
$36 per course (rental) or $400-600 per semester (purchase). Textbook rental is an option for all bachelor-level classes as well as 500-level master classes. For 600-level master classes, books may need to be purchased.
$10, plus any requested delivery expenses. This fee is paid at the conclusion of the exchange semester.
All non-US citizens are required to obtain either an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.
Shared dormitory or shared apartment. Shared, off-campus apartments are available within walking distance to campus. Furniture, utilities, and Wi-Fi are provided; however, bed and bath linens typically are not. Off-campus housing typically ranges from $350-495 per month; the Magellan Coordinator can provide more details. Visiting international students may also be housed in one of the on-campus dormitories. Standard double rooms with bath down the hall and quadruple suites with private bath are available. All dormitories have local telephone service, internet access, and cable television service. Kitchen facilities are limited in dormitories, but students may rent or purchase microwaves and refrigerators. Coin laundry services are available in each dormitory. On-campus housing with 15 meals per week starts at approximately $960 per month ($4,600 per semester).
For students living in an on-campus dormitory, various meal plans are offered with a choice of five dining facilities on campus.
There is a small airport in Cape Girardeau (CGI), which offers United Airlines connections from Chicago (ORD). The closest international airport (serving multiple airlines) is in St. Louis, Missouri (STL), which is 200 km north of Cape Girardeau. If you fly into St. Louis, you can use Bart Shuttle Service for transport to Cape Girardeau. Limited inter-city Greyhound bus service is available from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau. Transportation from St. Louis during the pre-semester period can be arranged through the International Education Office on campus.
Private taxi service is available within the city as well as limited city bus service and a university shuttle service.
Leisure venues in Cape Girardeau include a multi-plex theatre with 14 screens, bowling, bars with local entertainment, a large casino complex, university museum and nature centers, and an assortment of community and university activities. Cultural events include concerts, live theatre performances, festivals, and exhibitions. The University has two recreation centers, which include indoor pool, basketball and racquetball courts, indoor track, and weight and exercise facilities; the city offers numerous indoor and outdoor sport facilities. Collegiate basketball, American football, baseball, and women’s soccer and volleyball are major University spectator sports. Golf, tennis, cycling, hiking, canoeing, and hunting are popular outdoor activities. Student organizations sponsor various social and educational events; intramural sport activities include soccer, rugby, and more.
The campus is located near the riverfront and downtown area, which offers small shops and restaurants. Several shopping malls and large, chain discount stores are located west of the downtown area; larger stores are typically open every day, some for 24 hours.
Cape Girardeau has a warm, temperate climate. Winter temperatures range from -3ºC to 10ºC with occasional snow or ice. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 35ºC. Precipitation is possible throughout the year.