OrientationBear Beginnings: Transfer & Exchange Student Orientation

Winter Welcome is an orientation program that assists international students with their academic, personal, social, and cultural transition into the Washington University and St. Louis community.

Fall Orientation

Exchange students will be charged a $500 enrollment deposit billed to their WashU student account.

During Bear Beginnings, Exchange students will participate in several social and cultural programs including an immersive experience in St. Louis with a bus tour of St. Louis, riverboat cruise, and visit to the Gateway Arch. These students will also be provided with a meal card for food prior to the start of classes.

Schedule

Tuesday, August 18

  • International transfer and exchange students arrive in St. Louis and move in to campus housing (if campus housing was reserved).

Wednesday, August 19

  • Bear Beginnings for international transfer and exchange students begins. There will be time for shopping,  banking, and handling other logistics, as well as a welcome lunch with Chancellor Martin for new transfer and exchange (TX) students.
  • In addition, the Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS) will lead sessions about maintaining your immigration status, utilizing on-campus resources as an international student, and more.

Thursday, August 20

  • All transfer and exchange students will begin the day meeting with their academic divisions.
  • All transfer and exchange students will come together in the afternoon for the Welcome Lunch with Chancellor Martin, small group meetings led by their WUSAs (Washington University Student Associates), and specialized programming designed for the TX community.

Friday, August 21

  • In the morning, international transfer students will engage with Career Services in an interactive session designed to introduce you to the many programs and resources offered by the University.
  • In the morning, exchange students will meet with the Office for International Students and Scholars to explore cultural differences related to friendships.
  • All TX students will come together in the afternoon for specialized programming designed for the TX community.

Saturday, August 22

  • All transfer and exchange students will participate in a St. Louis Immersive Experience throughout the day.

Sunday, August 23

  • All transfer and exchange students will conclude Bear Beginnings by attending Classes are tomorrow, get ready! This session will be led by their WUSAs.

Spring Orientation

Exchange students will be charged a $500 enrollment deposit billed to their WashU student account.

Winter Welcome is a five-day orientation program that assists new Exchange students with their academic, personal, social, and cultural transition into the Washington University and St. Louis community.


Transportation

  • Campus Maps
  • Request a U-Pass for free transportation around the St. Louis metro area. If you order your U-Pass before Wednesday, December 25, we will have it available for you to pick-up at the Winter Welcome events on Thursday, January 9.
  • Exchange students who plan on bringing a car to campus will have to purchase a campus parking permit for the spring semester. This can be done online ahead of time at the Parking & Transportation Services website. You may also stop by Parking Services office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Washington University’s North Campus.

Optional Placement Exams

Any new exchange students who would be interested in taking courses or a tutorial to refine their English for academic and professional communication may sign up for a placement test with WUSTL’s English Language Programs (ELP). Although these tests are listed as tests for graduate students, undergraduates are welcome to take them. Information about how to sign up is available at the OISS Website.

Students are also welcome to contact the ELP at elp@wustl.edu to learn more about the ELP’s services. Contact the English Language Program at any time to get advice about which services would be most appropriate.

Accommodation Statement

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact the the First Year Center.