International Summer Study

Join students from around the world to make new friends, immerse yourself in rigorous course work and discover the American Midwest!

About The Program

Broaden your horizons at WashU this summer! Our International Summer Study program invites you to join students from around the world to make new friends, immerse yourself in rigorous course work and discover the American Midwest. 

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

The deadline to apply for SESSION A is April 1, 2019. The deadline to apply for SESSION B is May 15, 2019.

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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.

Submit Program Fee

To accept admission to the program, submit the program fee by international wire or bank transfer. SESSION A deadline is May 1, 2019. SESSION B deadline is June 15, 2019.

Welcome to WashU

Session A students participate in the program June 7 through July 13, 2019. Session B students participate in the program July 12 through August 16, 2019.

What Can You Expect Within The Application?

Find information about our online application (requirements, eligibility, and more). This is an excellent tool to review before you get started.

Application Guidelines >

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

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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.
Native English speakers are exempt from providing ELT results. Test waivers are available for applicants who meet specific criteria. Please contact us for more information about exemptions and waivers. 

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
  • Optional workshops to prepare for graduate and professional study
  • Designated PEER Mentor
  • Opening and closing banquets
  • Transportation pass for the MetroLink light rail and bus system
  • Health insurance coverage

Events & Activities

Our International Program students have many opportunities to have fun both on and off campus. Washington University hosts free events all summer long, including jazz and classical music concerts, movies, yoga classes, pool parties, and weekly socials. Program-sponsored excursions take students off campus to learn more about St. Louis and enjoy its favorite pastimes. The following activities are included in the program schedule*:

  • Downtown Walking Tour
  • Gateway Arch "Journey to the Top"
  • Mississippi River sightseeing cruise
  • 10-story fun house, City Museum
  • St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game
  • Broadway performance at The Muny
  • Six Flags St. Louis Thrill Park

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

Additionally, there are many free concerts, farmer's markets, and festivals 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.