Throughout the U.S., an international scholar is usually considered to be an individual not enrolled in a formal degree program, who holds a temporary nonimmigrant visa and who engages in scholarly activities including teaching, research and/or training at a university, research institute or hospital.

At Washington University in St. Louis, international scholars may be faculty members, research associates, postdoctoral research fellows, visiting scholars or physicians.

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides services and programs for international scholars at WashU. On behalf of the university, OISS acts as liaison with U.S. government agencies concerning visa and immigration matters for all international scholars at WashU. After scholars’ arrival in the U.S., OISS international advisors assist scholars and their accompanying family members with settling in, employment permission, validating their arrival with immigration, maintaining their visa status and many other concerns.

Checking-In, Walk-In Hours and Locations

After arriving at WashU, new employees and scholars must check-in with the OISS and provide copies of their immigration documents. (New J-1 Exchange Visitors must also attend orientation.)
For times and appointment information, see the Scholar Advising Hours and Locations page.

Status Specific Information

Pre-arrival information, maintaining status, traveling and more can be found in status specific sections. Go to your appropriate visa status for more information.

General information on living in St. Louis, such as utilities, grocery stores, housing, safety, transportation and more, can be found under Living in St. Louis.

Beware of Scams!

According to the Treasury Department’s website, the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and saying there were problems with the person’s visa status in an effort to defraud them. Get more information on how to avoid this and other scams.