International Summer Study

Program begins July 10, concludes August 14, 2020

Join students from around the world in the International Summer Study Program!

Our program is distinct in several ways. We are small, high-touch, and endeavor to know every student by name. We offer the rigorous coursework of a top 20 university, complemented by cultural programming during evenings and weekends. Finally, we organize optional information sessions with each of our graduate and professional schools and help you prepare strong applications for graduate school. After completing our program, past participants have been accepted for graduate study at institutions including the University of Southern California, Columbia, Washington University in St. Louis, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, UC San Diego, and Princeton.

Our program includes:

  • 6-7 units of academic credit chosen from a wide range of courses
  • An American student buddy who provides social and cultural support
  • Social activities and excursions that introduce St. Louis and the surrounding region
  • Optional tours of graduate and professional schools + application workshops

Eligible students must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older by July 1, 2020
  • Be a current university-level undergraduate student.
  • Have completed one year of undergraduate study by July 1, 2020.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Submit English Language Test (ELT) Scores (scroll down for more details)

Alumni Testimonials

Hear from students in the International Summer Study Program. Participants reflect upon their academic experience and what they enjoyed most about their time in St. Louis.

Dates and Deadlines

Application Opens

The application for International Summer Study opened Monday, December 2, 2019.

Application Deadline

All required application materials are due by Friday, May 8, 2020 in order to receive admission consideration.

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Admission Decision

Admission decisions are sent by email and issued 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.

Program Fee & Enrollment

To accept admission to the program, students are to submit the program fee and enrollment documents no later than June 5, 2020.

Welcome to WashU

Program students arrive for Orientation Weekend Friday, July 10, 2020. Classes begin Monday, July 13, 2020.

Pre-Arrival Information >

What Courses Can You Take?

We offer more than 50 undergraduate courses from over 20 subject areas. Each course is designed to challenge and enrich you.

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Start Your Application.

The International Summer Study program offers students a life-changing experience. Complete your application for consideration today.

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Eligibility & Fees


  • Be 18 years of age or older by July 1, 2020.
  • Be a current university-level undergraduate student.
  • Have completed one year of study by July 1, 2020.
  • 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.
    • a minimum score of 115 on the DuoLingo English Test**. 

*ELT is required of all international students for whom English is a second language.
**The Duolingo English Test can be taken online at any time. The exam requires Google Chrome browser, a self-facing camera, and microphone. Testing session results are available within 48 hours.


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 on campus
  • $500 meal plan (for use on and off campus)
  • Weekly off-campus excursions
  • Private sessions with graduate deans, directors, and admissions counselors
  • Graduate school preparation workshops
  • Designated PEER Mentor, your own U.S. student host
  • Opening and closing dinner banquets
  • MetroLink light rail transportation pass
  • Health insurance coverage

View our comprehensive guide with pre-arrival, program, and post-program information.

For Admitted Students

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 sessions, 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*:

  • Gateway Arch "Journey to the Top"
  • Mississippi River sightseeing cruise
  • 10-story fun house, City Museum
  • Art Hill Film Series Movie Night
  • American Cooking with WashU Dining Master Chef
  • St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game
  • Winslow's Farm Excursion
  • 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.


The International Summer Study program is intended for undergraduate students currently pursuing a bachelors degree.
Middle and high school students may discover summer opportunities through the Pre-College Programs office.