International Summer Study

Join students from around the world to immerse yourself in rigorous course work and Midwestern American culture!

About The Program

Broaden your horizon at WashU this summer! Our International Summer Study program invites you to join students from around the world to immerse yourself in rigorous course work and Midwestern American culture. 

Earn up to seven units of credit at a top-ranked world university. Choose from over 50 courses in subject areas like:

•   American Politics & Culture
•   Economics & International Relations
•   Pre-Medical Studies
•   English & Communication
•   Dance, Music, & Drama

American Culture greets you in the Gateway City.

•   Experience world-class museums and institutions.
•   Enjoy a thrilling St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
•   Walk, golf, or paddle-boat through the largest urban park in the U.S.
•   Explore shops, galleries, restaurants, and festivals in our eclectic city.
•   Reside on a campus featuring stunning architecture and cutting-edge amenities.

Connect with us.

•   Engage with your professors in small, interactive courses.
•   Experience WashU and St. Louis with your PEER Mentor.
•   Meet university leaders at events held in your honor.
•   Get an insider's look at premier facilities on and off campus.
•   Exchange ideas with burgeoning entrepreneurs, scholars, and innovators.

Dates and Deadlines

Application Opens

On January 1, 2019, the application for international summer study becomes available to applicants.

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Application Deadlines

SESSION A: April 1, 2019 SESSION B: May 15, 2019

Admission Decision

Admission decisions are sent by email and made on a rolling basis, usually within seven to ten (7 - 10) business days. Decisions may take longer during peak application submission periods. We encourage you to apply early.

Start Your Application

Washington University in St. Louis welcomes university-level undergraduate students from around the world to submit an application for International Summer Study.

Apply Here

Program Details


Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be 18 years of age or older by July 1, 2019.
  • Be a current university-level undergraduate student.
  • Have completed one year of study by July, 2019.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have English Language Test (ELT) results with:
    • a minimum score of 90iBt on the TOEFL;
    • a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS; or
    • a minimum score of Level B2 on the CAE or CPE.
Exemptions for ELT are possible for applicants who are native English speakers or are attending a university where English is the primary language of daily life and instruction. Please contact us for more information. 

Program Fees

Application Fee: $50
Program Fee: $7,995
The program fee includes:
  • Tuition and lab fees for two (2) undergraduate courses 
  • Housing in a secure air-conditioned residence hall located on campus
  • $500 meal plan (for use on and off campus)
  • Weekly off-campus excursions
  • Private sessions with university deans, directors, and admissions counselors
  • Designated PEER Mentor
  • Opening and closing banquets
  • Transportation pass for the MetroLink light rail and bus system
  • Health insurance coverage

International Summer Study Forms

Events & Activities

Our International Program students experience our hospitable culture and unique adventures while visiting St. Louis. Students learn about our city's history, traditions, and the rich culture that exists within each neighborhood that lends to our cosmopolitan beauty.

Specifically, students will enjoy the following program-sponsored* activities:

  • Landmark Association Downtown Walking Tour
  • Gateway Arch "Journey to the Top"
  • Mississippi River sightseeing cruise
  • St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game
  • Broadway performance at The Muny
  • Six Flags St. Louis Thrill Park
  • Trip to the amusement warehouse City Museum

*Additional events and trips may be planned. The above list is subject to change.

The Washington University campus is alive with concerts, activities, and parties all summer long. The campus hosts many free events during the summer, including jazz and classical music, yoga, pool parties, and weekly socials. Additionally, there are many free concerts, farmer's markets, and festivals abound throughout the neighborhoods of St. Louis. Nearby museums and institutions are also free and accessible by walking or riding on the MetroLink Train.

This was a once in a lifetime chance to see how other countries approach key issues and begin to form ideas on effective leadership."

―Nabila AhmedUniversity of Southampton

If you are a middle or high school student, please send your inquiry to the Summer Experiences office.