OrientationWinter Welcome 2022

Exchange Student Welcome

Winter Welcome, the orientation program for Spring 2022 exchange students, will take place Wednesday, January 12th through Sunday, January 16th. Move-In for students living in Residential Life housing is on Wednesday, January 12th.

The first Winter Welcome event will be a check-in at Student Transitions & Family Programs from 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 12th. Students arriving on campus after 7:00 PM will attend their first event on Thursday, January 13th at 9:45 AM at the Welcome and Introduction. 

If you are not able to make it to campus to complete your check-in on Wednesday, January 12th within the provided time, you will need to arrive the following day on Thursday, January 13th between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm.

Winter Welcome 2022 Schedule

View the 2022 Winter Welcome Schedule below. Locations and details will be available closer to the date.


Exchange students living in Residential Life housing will move-in on Wednesday, January 12th between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Students living elsewhere should also plan to move-in on Wednesday, January 12th. For more information about Residential Life, please reference the Residential Life Website.

Dining Hours

Meal plans will begin on Friday, January 14th. Meals will be provided by Student Transitions & Family Programs on Wednesday and Thursday. Campus dining hours during Winter Welcome are coming soon.

First Day of Classes

The first day of classes will be on Tuesday, January 18th.

Student leaders will lead a tour of campus on Sunday, January 16th to help exchange students find their classes.

Monday, January 17th is a national holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, meaning there are no classes. Exchange students will participate in a commemorative event Monday evening to honor and celebrate the legacy of MLK.

Important Dates

Spring 2022 Dates

Spring 2022 Exchange Student Arrival: January 12th
Winter Welcome: January 13th- January 16th
Spring Meal Plans Begin: January 14th
Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes): January 17th
First Day of Class: January 18th
Spring Break (no classes): March 13th-19th
Last Day of Class: April 29th
Reading Period and Final Exams Begin: May 2nd
Final Exams End: May 11th

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.

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 WUSA if they plan on missing an orientation 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 Winter Welcome, please contact Student Transitions & Family Programs.