Hello students!

Welcome back to the second newsletter for Fall 2022 exchange students at Washington University in St. Louis.

If you have any questions, please reach out to either your Academic Division exchange adviser, OISS, or Student Transitions & Family Programs. 

More information is available in the Fall 2022 Exchange Student Guidebook.

We are excited to welcome you to campus soon!

-Student Transitions & Family Programs
Visa and Immigration Documents
We encourage you to begin researching the process to apply for your visa as soon as possible. Below is a brief overview of the process and documents you will need to travel to the U.S:

As an exchange student at WashU, you will need to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa at the nearest U.S. consulate in your home country. It is your responsibility to gather information about the process for seeking a student visa in your home country.  

To apply for your J-1 entry visa, you will need a DS-2019:
  • OISS will prepare this document and send it to your home school’s exchange program. 
  • Typically, this takes 4-6 weeks after you are notified of your acceptance 
  • You will also need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before your visa interview.
Links for Visa and Immigration Questions
Vaccination Requirements
You are required to complete several online forms and submit a medical/health history, proof of immunizations, COVID-19 vaccination, and influenza vaccination (received annually after August 1st).

Additionally, all students are required to complete a TB risk screening; those who are identified through this screening as having spent significant time in a country with endemic tuberculosis will be required to complete a TB test.

We encourage you to learn more about immunization requirements
Exchange Student Guidebook
View the Fall 2022 Exchange Student Guidebook to learn more about important information related to WashU and your arrival on campus.
Important Dates
Fall 2022 Dates

Fall 2022 Exchange Student Arrival: August 23rd
Bear Beginnings: Transfer & Exchange Fall Welcome: August 24th-28th
First Day of Class: August 29th
Labor Day (no classes): September 5th
Fall Break (no classes): October 8th-11th
Thanksgiving Break (no classes): November 23rd-27th
Last Day of Classes: December 9th
Reading Day and Finals Begin: December 12th-21st
Quick Links