OrientationFYI Orientation

First Year International Students

Move-In

Move-In Day will take place on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20.* First-year international students will move in to campus housing with U.S. domestic students.

On August 19, the Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS) will offer a free shuttle from St. Louis Lambert International Airport to campus. All students attending FYI are required to complete the FYI Arrival Form so that OISS will be able to assist you with arrival and move in.

On August 20, the OISS will NOT offer free shuttle service from the airport to campus. Students who arrive on August 20 will need to arrange for their own transportation to campus from the airport. Learn how to get to WashU from the St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

*Exception: First-year international students who booked a flight arriving on August 18 prior to June 1 will be allowed to request FYI Early Arrival. Students should indicate FYI Early Arrival when submitting the FYI Arrival Form so OISS can assist you with shuttle service from the airport to campus and help you move in to your campus housing.

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 Summer Connect

FYI Summer Connect 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 Summer Connect continues throughout the summer when you will be introduced to your FYI Leaders and FYI peer group and participate in virtual sessions starting in late June to get to know each other and prepare for arrival in St. Louis.

FYI Schedule: August 18th-20th

Click here to download the 2022 FYI Orientation Schedule.

Thursday, August 18th

First-Year International: Early Arrival Airport Pick-Up (only for approved Early Arrivals)
St. Louis International Airport
Airport pick-up for approved early arrivals from Lambert International Airport to WashU’s campus.


Friday, August 19th

First-Year International: Airport Pick-Up and Shopping Shuttles
St. Louis International Airport and Brentwood Plaza
Airport pick-up for international students from St. Louis International Airport to WashU’s campus. In addition, shuttles from WashU to Brentwood Plaza, a local shopping center, will be available.


Saturday, August 20th

First-Year International: Airport Pick-Up and Shopping Shuttles
St. Louis International Airport and Brentwood Plaza
Airport pick-up for international students from St. Louis International Airport to WashU’s campus. In addition, shuttles from WashU to Brentwood Plaza, a local shopping center, will be available.

Office for International Students and Scholars Welcome for New Students & Families
5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Graham Chapel
International students and their families are invited to join the Office for International Students and Scholars and senior leaders in Student Affairs for welcoming remarks followed by dinner.

FYI Orientation

FYI Orientation will begin on Saturday, August 20 and sessions will be held throughout the week of Fall Welcome.

International students will meet 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 peer groups.

International Parents and Family Programming

Saturday, August 20
Welcome for New International Students and Families
5:30-7:30 PM, Graham Chapel

International students and their families are invited to join the OISS and senior leaders in Student Affairs.

The event will kick off with a welcome speech by Dr. Anna Gonzalez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Followed by a welcome reception in McMillan Café for parents and families that will include various food choices, dessert & beverages in the buffet style.

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 the Student Transitions & Family Programs email.