Orientation Programs

Congratulations on your admission to Washington University in St. Louis!
Orientation programs at WashU provide information and experiences that will help to ease your transition and gives you the opportunity to meet others in the WashU community and make friends before classes have even started.

Fall Programs

Undergraduate Fall Orientation

All international undergraduate students are expected to arrive on campus early for International Undergraduate Orientation. The OISS will hold two programs for international undergraduate students: First-year Internationals (FYI) Orientation and Exchange/Transfer (Ex-Tra) Orientation.

Graduate Orientation Programs

Each graduate school has their own set of orientation events and activities. In addition, there are mandatory events provided the the OISS. Check the graduate fall orientation page and make sure you don’t miss anything!

International Parent Orientation

Parents of international undergraduate students can attend International Parent Orientation on Saturday, August 17 and Parent & Family Orientation: Fall Welcome on Sunday, August 18. Note that First-year International students should arrive no later than Thursday, August 15. Parents will have time for shopping, banking, and handling other logistics with their students on Friday, August 16.

Spring Programs

Undergraduate Orientation

The First Year Center provides Winter Welcome: New Student Spring Orientation specifically for incoming undergraduate exchange students.

Graduate Orientation Programs

In addition to orientation events scheduled by individual schools or departments, the OISS has international-specific orientation programs for new spring graduate and professional students. Please check out the graduate spring orientation page to make sure you don’t miss anything, as some of these programs are mandatory.