OrientationFYI Orientation

First Year International Students

All international undergraduate students are required to arrive on campus early for International Student Orientation.

More detailed schedules will be provided closer to Bear Beginnings.

Information about the 2022 FYI Orientation will be released in Late Spring 2022.


For international students, Move-In Day will take place on Thursday, August 18. Ideally, please arrive on campus earlier in the day to settle in and facilitate move in. The Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) will offer free airport pick-up on August 18th from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis for those who complete the registration on the FYI Arrival Form. Completing the FYI Arrival Form is required for all incoming international students and will be made available on May 1.

Upon your arrival to campus, OISS and student leaders will be there to greet and guide you to your residence hall room.

Overview of FYI: First Year International orientation

FYI is an orientation program catered specifically towards First Year International Students. The program gives you a chance to connect with upper-division students who serve as FYI Leaders and meet other incoming international students. You will learn:

  • How to adjust to life at WashU as an international student
  • How to follow immigration regulations for international students
  • How the OISS can guide you through your time at the university

FYI Pre-Orientation

FYI Pre-Orientation will begin in May with the Get Your Bearings online orientation programming. For international students, Get Your Bearings will include important information about the OISS, getting your visa, and other immigration matters.

FYI continues in the summer, when you will be introduced virtually to your specific FYI Leaders and FYI peer group. Each group will have a 2-3 FYI Leaders and several incoming international students. There will be various virtual sessions with your FYI Leaders and FYI groups over the summer.

FYI Orientation

The in-person FYI orientation program will be held in person from Thursday, August 18th – Saturday, August 20th.

For these three days, international students will meet the OISS staff, learn how to navigate WashU campus, set up bank accounts, shop for needed items, and participate in various activities with their FYI Leaders and FYI groups.

International Parents and Family Programming

The OISS will be offering an informational session for international parents. More information on this session is forthcoming.

Religious Observances

The Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL) offers connections with a wide variety of religious organizations on campus and in the St. Louis area. Please reach out to ORSEL to get connected with campus ministry groups and St. Louis organizations.

Religious services sometimes occur during FYI. It is our goal that students will be able to fully observe their faith, practices, and traditions without missing important information. Students should reach out to their FYI leader if they plan on missing an FYI event for a religious observance to ensure the student has access to any information they may miss.

Accommodation Statement

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. If you have a disability and require accommodations (such as assistive listening device, captioning, large print, reserved front row seat, advanced copy of slides to be projected, etc.) in order to fully participate in FYI, please list them in your Bear Beginnings Information Form on your WashU Pathways account. After we receive your submission, a member of Student Transitions & Family Programs will contact you for more information. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least two weeks prior to your arrival on campus. For any other questions about accessibility during Bear Beginnings: Fall Welcome or FYI, please contact Miranda Kroeger at the Student Transitions & Family Programs email.