Parents and Family

International parents have a challenge to keep in touch with their son or daughter from a distance. Parents of new international students who are attending the Explore Campus and Community Program are invited to come to campus at the same time as their son or daughter and participate in the Explore Parent Program. This program gives parents the opportunity to meet with campus administrators, other parents and to learn more about Washington University in St. Louis and the city of St. Louis.

The Explore Parent Program runs from Friday, August 17 - Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Participation

Participation in the Explore Parent Program is free for parents and other family members of students enrolled in the Explore Program. Please take a moment to complete the online response form and let us know whether or not you will participate.

Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Pizarro at jpizarro@wustl.edu.

Accommodations

The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center is located on the Danforth Campus of Washington University and has 66 guest rooms. If you make a reservation early, you should be able to book a room at this location. You can make reservations online or by phone at (866) 933-9400. There is a special room rate available to parents of WashU students, so be sure to mention that you are a WashU parent when you’re making your reservation. If rooms at the Knight Center are not available, or if you prefer to stay elsewhere, there are many other options near campus. Visit the Explore St. Louis website for a list of hotel options. You’ll want to search in the "Midtown/Clayton" region for hotels near Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

Transportation

It is recommended that you rent a vehicle for your stay in St. Louis. Information on obtaining a rental vehicle can also be found on the Explore St. Louis website. Be sure to select "St Louis, MO (STL)" as your airport location. St. Louis has a public transportation system that includes Metro Link light rail and Metro Bus, that can get you to many of the most popular destinations in the city. However, you will likely find it more useful to have a rental vehicle at your disposal.

Schedule

If you wish to participate in the Explore Parent Program, you should arrive on August 16. The Explore program activities will end on August 18. Parents who are still on campus on August 23 are invited to attend the Chancellor's Reception for New International Students in the afternoon.
August 16 Students arrive, move in to campus housing, getting settled activities: shopping assistance trips and opening a bank account Check in between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm with the OISS at the Stix International House, 6470 Forsyth, to get an Explore Parent welcome packet, which includes a schedule of Explore Parent Program activities, as well as other helpful information for parents and families of international students.
August 17 If you haven't already, check in with the OISS between 8:00 am and 10:00 am at the Stix International House, 6470 Forsyth, to get an Explore Parent welcome packet, which includes a schedule of Explore Parent Program activities, as well as other helpful information for parents and families of international students. Explore Parent Program sessions begin with a Welcome Breakfast for parents, followed by a session in which they will learn about the living and learning environment for undergraduate students at Washington University. A panel of international students will talk about their experiences at WashU and how they stay connected to their families from afar. Lunch will be provided during the panel presentation. In the afternoon, parents will have the chance to meet the deans of various divisions of Washington University, followed by a tour of campus.
August 18 Explore Parents will join their students for a chance to learn more about WashU and the city of St. Louis over lunch around midday, followed by an off-campus Adventure in St. Louis. Parents have the chance to join their student for dinner for the last time before they begin their Pre-Orientation program.
August 23 Parents and families of international students are invited to attend the Chancellor’s Reception for New International Students and their Parents from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
 

Additional Resources for Parents and Families

Learn more about resources available to parents and families at WashU on the Alumni & Development website.