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

The application will open for international summer study December 1, 2019. Check back here for updates.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for the program is May 22, 2020.

Learn More About Our Application

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.

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 by Friday, July 10, 2020. Classes begin Monday, July 13, 2020.

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 >

The Application Cycle Is Now Closed

The Summer 2020 program application will open December 1, 2019.

Program Details


Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • 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. 

TOEFLIELTS, CAE or CPE, or Duolingo English Test 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 the Google Chrome browser and your computer's self-facing camera and microphone. The testing session results are available within 48 hours.



Native English speakers are exempt from providing ELT results. Test waivers are available for applicants who meet specific criteria. Refer to our application guidelines 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
  • Workshops to prepare for graduate and professional study
  • Designated PEER Mentor, your own U.S. student host
  • Opening and closing dinner 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 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.


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.