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.


Move-In Day will take place on Thursday, August 19.* Ideally, please arrive on campus earlier in the day in order to allow for Covid-19 testing and vaccination as needed. Upon your arrival to campus, OISS and your FYI Leaders will be there to greet and guide you.

* We will provide more specifics about the exact hours and process for move-in procedures in mid-July.

FYI (First Year International Orientation)

FYI will have a virtual component in early August and will then be held in person from Friday, August 20th through Saturday August 21st.

During FYI, students will get to know other international first-year students, upper-division international and American FYI leaders, and OISS staff.

The first virtual meeting will be Tuesday, August 3rd at 8:00AM Central Standard Time (St. Louis), with another virtual session the following week.

Once you arrive on campus, the FYI program will include assisting you in settling in (shopping and banking) and getting to know campus.

Additional details about FYI will be available in mid-July.

International Parents and Family Programming

We will be offering a virtual session for international parents on Friday, July 16th at 8:00 AM Central Standard Time (St. Louis). The session will include representatives from the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS), Residential Life, Habif Health and Wellness Center, WashU Police Department, and Alumni & Development. A Zoom link will be sent to parents and students in early July.

We hope to offer an in-person event on Friday, August 20 or Saturday, August 21. Final decisions regarding International Parent & Family Orientation will be made later in summer following public health safety protocols and guidelines available at that time.

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 the First Year Center 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 First Year Center.