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 Orientation

All international students are REQUIRED to participate in either the Explore Campus and Community program or the Discover St. Louis program.

Explore Campus and Community
Explore is our most popular fall orientation program. First-year international students coming to WashU from a high school outside the U.S. are required to participate in the Explore Program. Explore is recommended for first-year international students coming from a high school within the U.S., transfer students coming from a university outside the U.S., and for exchange students. This program takes place in August, before general orientation.

Discover St. Louis
Discover is a program geared toward exchange students, transfer students and first-year international students with experience living and studying in the U.S. This program also takes place in August, before general 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!

Parents and Family

There is a program designed specifically for parents and family of new fall students enrolled in the Explore program. Get information on the Explore Parent Program and what it offers.

Spring Programs

Undergraduate Orientation

The First Year Center provides a program specifically for incoming undergraduate exchange students. Information on their offerings, along with programming provided by the Office for International Students and Scholars, can be found on the undergraduate spring orientation page.

Graduate Orientation

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.