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If you are an international student who accepted admission to International Summer Study at Washington University in St. Louis, please take a moment to carefully read the information below. This is intended to assist you as you make arrangements for travel and prepare for your time living on campus.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: Plan to arrive on campus Friday, July 14, 2017 by 5:00pm. You will check-in at Lopata House (# 64 on Campus Map) for the program. We will have dinner together and a brief introductory meeting that evening.
From Lambert International Airport: You are strongly encouraged to reserve transportation in advance with Go Best Express Transportation Services. They provide friendly and reliable chauffeurs, clean vehicles, and you will receive a 15% discount. Please have your credit card ready; a credit card is required and charged when you complete your reservation.
To receive the rate listed above, reservations MUST be made in advance by clicking here.
After your reservation is made, a confirmation email with instructions will be sent to you. Upon arrival at the airport, we ask that you gather your luggage and proceed to the Go Best Express counter located in the baggage claim level.
From Gateway Transportation Station: You will need to take a taxi cab to campus (a 10-15 minute ride). The fare will be approximately $40. After picking up your luggage, enter the station and exit through the main doors. Here, you will see taxi cabs in-waiting for passenger pick-up. Most cab drivers are familiar with the Washington University campus, but it would be a good idea to have the campus map with you. Tell the driver you need to go to the Washington University campus. Let the cab driver know that you will travel to the corner of Big Bend Blvd and Snow Way (or the Village area of Wash U). Signs will be posted to assist you.
From either location above, you may choose to ride the St. Louis Metro Train or Bus in lieu of a shuttle or taxi cab. Although transportation by Metro train or bus is the most affordable option, there are important details for you to review to help plan your routes, pick-up times, and fees. The St. Louis Metro Transit website can be found here: http://www.metrostlouis.org/Default.aspx.
Check-in and Orientation: Check in will be in the lobby of Lopata House. Orientation events will take place Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. A list of orientation events will be provided to you at check-in. You will tour the campus, hear important presentations from program personnel and learn important information about being an international student.
Departure: You must leave campus the last day of the program on August 18, 2017, and must check out of your room by 11:00 a.m.
Living in the Residence Hall: You will be living in Lopata House, an air-conditioned residence hall. The outer doors to all residence halls are kept locked 24 hours a day; only building residents and staff will be able to access the building with Room cards.
You and three other students will share a suite comprised of four single rooms and a bathroom. Each room contains the following: one extra-long twin bed, one dresser, one desk, one desk chair, one bookshelf, one closet, and mini-blinds. Each floor has a small study room and a lounge with a kitchenette (sink, refrigerator, and microwave). The 1st floor has laundry facilities and ice machine, classrooms and study areas, and a lobby area with TV.
Living with you in the residence hall will be Resident Advisors (RAs). The RAs are all current Washington University students and will provide advice and information and ensure the rules and regulations of the program and university are followed. Program Assistants (PAs) will also be living in the residence hall and will assist you with acclimating to an American university as well as organizing social events.
You should expect to spend approximately 17-20 hours a week in class. The remaining time is free for you to organize as you wish around studying for class, writing papers, doing laundry, socializing, etc. If you plan to leave campus overnight, we must be informed.
Bedding: The Housing Office will provide bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, towels for you during the program).
Bikes: You may bring a bike, if you wish, but the campus is smaller than it looks on the map and everything is within easy walking distance. Bikes cannot be kept inside the residence hall. You may lock your bike on the outdoor bike rack next to Lopata House. WUPD Campus Police rent U-bike locks for a nominal fee.
Computers: Many students bring a laptop computer. If you do not bring a computer, you will have access to computers on campus. A large computer lab on the main campus is available on weekdays. You will have access to a small computer lab in Lopata House. This lab contains three computers and a shared printer. You must use your room key to access this lab.
Internet Connection: You will have access to the Internet though the campus computers in the computer labs. In-room data connections are available in each residential hall room that allow you to connect your own computer to the campus network and the Internet. You will need to provide an Ethernet cable (we suggest at least a 12-ft. cable). DO NOT BRING your own wireless router. Non-university-owned wireless routers and access points are not allowed on the WU residential network due to security concerns.
Meals: $500 will be programmed into your student ID card for meals on and off campus. You will “purchase” meals by presenting your card to the cashier, who will deduct the appropriate amount of money from your card. You may also purchase meals on campus with cash. There are vegetarian selections, but please note that specially prepared Kosher meals are not available in the summer. All meal locations on campus close by 8:00 p.m. during the summer months, so many participants like to have a small stash of snacks available in their rooms. No cooking is allowed in the individual rooms. You may use the small kitchens on individual floors for meal preparation.
Campus Safety: Though Washington University in St. Louis maintains a safe campus, the city of St. Louis can be busy, populated, and is home to a diverse population. It is of utmost importance that while you are here, you remain safe. For your personal safety, follow these tips for safety while on or off-campus. You can also learn more about safety in St. Louis by visiting the Explore St. Louis website.
Throughout the program we will have a variety of events planned for students. You will receive a schedule of these events during orientation. Events are not mandatory, but we encourage all students to attend. If you have questions about events, please contact your Program Assistants.
Medical and Special Services
Banking Services: A full-service Bank of America is located in Mallinckrodt Student Center. There are also several Bank of America ATM machines on campus.
Disability Resources: Disability Resources assists students with hearing, visual, orthopedic, learning, or other disabilities. Services include readers, note-takers, tutors, counseling, appropriate academic accommodation (e.g., alternate testing conditions), and referral to community resources. If you need any of these services, you must contact the center before arriving on campus and should do so as soon as possible: (314) 935-4062, or at http://cornerstone.wustl.edu and select “Disability Resources.”
Fitness and Health: The Athletic Complex offers a variety of recreational sports facilities for students, when you present your Student ID. You may use the various courts (racquetball, handball, basketball), gym, pool, and weight room (resistance machines, dumbbells, plate-loaded weights) free of charge. There is a nominal one-time fee for use of the Cardio Room. There are also outdoor basketball and tennis courts, and other athletic fields available for student use. Please note that the Athletic Complex will be closed for two weeks during your study for annual maintenance and upgrades.
Medical Services: You will have access to immediate medical treatment during any illness or emergency that occurs while attending the University. The Student Health Services (located in the South 40) is staffed with a physician and nurse until 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you become ill after Health Service hours and require medical assistance, you will be transported to the Emergency Department at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Textbooks: You will need to purchase textbooks for your courses on Monday, the first day of classes, at the Campus Bookstore in Mallinckrodt Center on the main campus. You may pay by cash, traveler’s checks, personal check, or credit card. The amount of money you will spend on textbooks can vary greatly depending on the course and instructor; generally, science and social science books are the most costly. You may spend as little as $50, or as much as $200. Many students purchase their textbooks from various on-line sources to find a better bargain. If you choose to do this, remember that if you change your course schedule after the first day of classes, you will be responsible for returning textbooks you no longer need.
You can check on textbook requirements and costs on the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.bkstr.com/washingtonstore/shop/textbooks-and-course-materials. Have your department and course numbers ready, click on “Select Your Program" and choose "All". Next, under "Select Your Term,” click on “Summer 2016,” then select the department number, course number, and section number. You can access information on specific classes and textbooks without purchasing anything or disclosing any personal information. If no textbooks are listed for your class, check back later. Instructors turn in their textbook requirements over time and the lists will be updated as new information arrives. A few classes will have no required textbooks.
The Classroom: When offered during the regular school year these courses are given over 16 weeks, so the pace during the summer is quite accelerated. Attendance is extremely important. You should plan on spending 2-3 hours working outside of class for every hour spent in class. Your professor will give you a syllabus on the first day of class that outlines objectives and gives assignments and exam dates.
Grades and Transcripts: At the conclusion of the program, your enrollment in courses, your grades, and the number of credits you earned will be recorded on an official Washington University transcript and will be a part of your permanent and complete academic record at the university. Two weeks after the program has ended, you may obtain an official transcript by requesting it in writing from the Office of Student Records.
(For International Students Only)
All international students coming from countries other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand must demonstrate that they have been proven free of tuberculosis within the past 12 months. You must send us a copy of your negative TB test results.
The U.S. Department of Health does not recognize the BCG vaccine as being an effective vaccine for tuberculosis (TB). Therefore, we are unable to accept the BCG as proof that you are free of tuberculosis. Unfortunately, the BCG vaccine causes you to test positive on a TB skin test. If you have had the BCG vaccine, you will need to have a chest x-ray, and then send or fax us a doctor's report in English stating that the x-ray indicates you show no signs of TB.
What to Bring
Your program fee covers your housing, meals, tuition, and expenses for most programmed social events, but you will need to have money for supplies, snacks, additional meals, shopping, etc. We recommend bringing around $100 for each week you are here. Do not bring large amounts of cash. Debit cards or traveler’s checks are good options.
You should bring the following:
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, hygiene products, etc.)
- Alarm clock
- Backpack for carrying books to class
- Umbrella (remember you will be walking everywhere, everyday—and every college student has one)
- Bathing suit and sunscreen
- Clothes (generally casual): You will probably wear shorts and t-shirts most of the time, as St. Louis summers are hot and humid. However, buildings can be cold due to air-conditioning, and evenings can be cool. You should bring a light jacket or sweater, jeans, and sweat pants or flannel pajama pants for the dorm.
- Shoes (generally casual): The campus is rather expansive and a comfortable pair of sneakers or tennis shoes is highly recommended. You may also elect to bring one pair of dress shoes to wear during special events. Students also find sandals and flip-flops to be appropriate during the summer months.
If you need to buy some personal items when you get here, you can use public transportation to go to Target, a grocery store, or the Galleria shopping mall. The campus bookstore also sells school supplies and personal items.
What Not to Bring
The following are prohibited by the university in the residence halls: any appliance with open-coil heating elements (hot plates, toaster ovens, toasters, grills, etc.); open flames (candles, incense); wireless router.
The following are strictly prohibited and are grounds for immediate dismissal from the Program:
- smoking anywhere on campus;
- the use, possession, or sale of alcohol or any illegal drug;
- the use or possession of any paraphernalia that can be used for taking illegal drugs;
- the possession or use of any weapon (i.e.: firearm, knife, explosive device, fireworks).