Application Guidelines

Take a moment to review information about the online application process for International Summer Study. Learn more about a specific topic or review all of the details in full.

Before You Get Started

All applications to the International Summer Study program at Washington University in St. Louis are to be completed fully online. Fields marked in red are required.

If you cannot complete the application form in full, you may save it, log out and return to it later. You can log in to the application form again using the user name and password that you registered. Remember to save your application before you log out.

Please ensure that your application is as complete as possible before submitting and that it includes all supporting documentation.

If you have questions at any time throughout the application process, please contact program coordinator, Christina Zebrowski.

Creating Your User Account

To submit an application online, you will first need to create your Self Service Center user account. You will enter information in the following fields:

  • User Name
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email
  • Postal Code (if you do not have a postal code, enter 00000)
  • Password
  • Re-enter Password

After submitting your information, you will immediately receive an email asking you to verify your account. This email will expire in 24 hours, so be sure to check your email (including your spam/junk folders) promptly.

Once your account is verified, you can begin completing the online application form.

If you are unable to access the online application form, please contact the program coordinator, Christina Zebrowski for support.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the International Summer Study program, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2020.
  2. Have completed at least one academic year of studies at an accredited university or college.
  3. Be a current university-level undergraduate student (working toward a Bachelor’s Degree).

If you are a pre-college student, you are not eligible to apply to International Summer Study. Please contact the Pre-College office for more information on programs available to you for the summer.

At this time, we do not offer admission to applicants who have earned a higher-level degree (i.e. MA, MBA, Ph.D, etc.). Applicants who are in pursuit of a graduate-level degree will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

University-level students who are younger than 18 years of age should contact the program coordinator, Christina Zebrowski to determine eligibility.

Session Selection

We offer one program sessions for you to join. The session dates are Friday, July 10, 2020 - Friday, August 14, 2020.

We recommend students arrive to campus before Orientation Weekend begins, preferably between 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, July 10th. We recognize flight and train schedules vary - it is important to make travel arrangements as early as possible. Some exceptions can be made to welcome students to campus on Thursday, July 9th, please contact the program coordinator, Christina Zebrowski to make these alternate arrangements.

Personal Information

You will enter your basic personal information. Please ensure that the physical address you enter is the address where you would like materials to be mailed.

If you have a current F or J U.S. Visa, you will be asked questions about the university sponsor and the expiration date of your visa.

If you are a U.S. Citizen, you will be asked to enter your Social Security Number and state of birth.

Education History

We want to know how much university-level course work you have completed. Select from the list the number of credit hours you have earned (do not include in-progress credit hours).

  1. 0-30 credit hours
  2. 31-60 credit hours
  3. 61-90 credit hours
  4. 91+ credit hours

Please enter the name of the university or college which you attend. You will enter the full name of the institution, for example “Washington University in St. Louis” in lieu of “WashU”, or “WUSTL”. If you have attended more than one institution, select “Add Another Response” to enter the school information. You will also enter your declared major (if you have not declared a major, please enter “undeclared”).

This section also asks about your disciplinary history, both academic and behavioral. If you have had a disciplinary violation, you will need to provide details about the case.

English Language Test Results

All applicants will provide details regarding their English proficiency. You have the following options to select from a drop-down list:

  1. IELTS
  2. TOEFL
  3. CAE or CPE
  4. Duolingo English Test
  5. ELT Waiver
  6. Native English Speaker

You may attach an unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE, or Duolingo score report within this section of the application. The score report can be no more than two (2) years old.

Exam Type Minimum Score Required Score Report
IELTS 6.5 Hard Copy
TOEFL 90 Electronic or Hard Copy
CAE or CPE Level B2 Hard Copy
Duolingo 115 Electronic

*Official score reports are required only after admission to the program has been confirmed.

Students sending official TOEFL scores are to use ETS institutional code 6929 to submit score electronically.

Students sending official IELTS, CAE, or CPE scores must email an original, in color, score report to the Summer School office. 

The English proficiency test requirement may be waived for a student who has completed three (3) or more years of study at the undergraduate level in the United States or in another country where English is the primary language of daily life and the language of instruction in the student’s university. Few applicants will actually meet this qualification.

Native English speakers from the following countries are exempt from providing English proficiency documentation:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Qatar, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, or United States of America.

Students attending the following universities are exempt from providing English proficiency documentation:

American University in Bulgaria (AUB), Bogazici University (BU), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

If you believe you qualify for an ELT waiver, please contact the program coordinator, Christina Zebrowski


You will be required to electronically sign the online application. To do this, simply type your name. This serves as your confirmation that you have completed the application and provided accurate information. 

Required Attachments

You will upload your supporting documents in this section. Remember, you may provide unofficial forms in the application. You are only expected to send official forms upon acceptance of admission to the program. To upload a file, select “Attach File”, then “Choose File”, browse to the appropriate file on your computer, select file, and then click “Upload Selected File”.

Please upload the following files to your application:

1. Transcript (required)

2. Personal Statement (required)

3. Scholarship Essay (optional)

You may upload files in the following formats: PDF, DOC, JPG, TIF.

We cannot accept files in the following format: RAR.

Application Fee & Submit Application

When you have finished all components of the application, you will be directed to our application fee section. The non-refundable application fee is $50. Before you can submit the application you must either:

  1. Enter a discount code to waive the application fee; or
  2. Select “online payment” from the payment information section.

If you are using a discount code:

These are available to select university partner institution students only. To apply a discount code, enter your code in the space provided, then click Apply. You will see the total balance due reduce to $0.00. You may now select Submit Application Form located at the bottom of the application. You will immediately see a pop-up box confirming your application was received. You will also receive an email confirming submission.

If you are paying the application fee:

To submit payment of the application fee, select online payment from the payment information section. You may now click Submit Application Form located at the bottom of the application. You will immediately see a pop-up box confirming your application was received. Press Ok to be redirected to our payment website.

Enter your credit card information into our secure payment website. You will have a chance to review the payment details before it is final.

Once the application fee is paid, you will receive an email confirming completion.

If you are not able to complete the payment immediately:

You have the option to return to your Self Service Center portal to later to submit your payment.

  1. Login with your user name and password.
  2. Click Applications at the top-left of your screen.
  3. Select Summary to expand your application details.
  4. Choose Make Payment within the Invoices tab to proceed with your application fee payment.

Please note that your application will not be reviewed until your application fee has been resolved.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Summer School office offers partial scholarship awards to eligible, highly-qualified applicants who accept admission to International Summer Study. The award amount is determined by the Summer School office. At this time, full scholarships that cover the total program fee are not available.

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship will write and attach an essay within the online application prior to submission.

The Summer School office will review all admitted applicants who submit a scholarship essay. The review process will begin on April 1, 2020.

All applicants who are under consideration for a scholarship will receive an award decision no later than June 1, 2020.

Applicants will likely receive an admission notice prior to receiving an announcement on scholarship decisions.

The 2020 application cycle will open December 1, 2019.

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