Admission Process

We are pleased you have chosen to apply to Washington University in St. Louis! Please follow the simple steps below to complete the admission process.


Program Term Deadline
Fall Semester & Academic Year March 15
Spring Semester September 15


Complete Application | Once your home university has nominated you, complete an online application and forward a transcript, recommendation letter letter, documentation of English proficiency (if required), and other financial documents to Overseas Programs.

** NOTE: Official TOEFL score documents must come directly from ETS-TOEFL. WU's code is 6929, Dept. Code: 00

Click the button below and select the appropriate school to start your application.

Online Application

Admission Decision | Admission is decided in consultation with the appropriate school or division A formal admission letter and further information are issued generally within 3 weeks of the application deadline.


Enrollment Process

Before the beginning of the semester, students enroll in courses at Washington University in consultation with academic advisors. Using course listings and in consultation with their home university, students will submit a list of proposed courses and enrolled before arriving.

Academic Advisor

Advisors can assist with explaining course requirements, prerequisite requirements, and course selection.

Dr. Amy Suelzer, the Overseas Programs Exchange Coordinator, is the academic advisor for Arts & Sciences exchange students. In addition, students can be connected with an advisor in their primary academic department.

Melanie Osborn, Senior Assistant Dean, is the academic advisor for McKelvey Engineering exchange students.

Course Units

Students must be enrolled in between a minimum of 12 units of Washington University credit (student visa requirement) and a maximum of 21 credits. Most WU students average 15 credits per semester. A credit load closer to the minimum is advisable for students who need to gain proficiency in verbal English or students taking advanced coursework.

Course Request

Your Exchange Coordinator will provide guidance on selection and registration of courses. Exchange students select up to seven courses, prioritized with the most important courses on top. The Exchange Coordinator will review the course choices and work to enroll students in as many of their preferred courses as possible. Students can adjust their schedule and make final decisions on courses during the drop/add period after arrival. Exchange students should select primarily courses in their academic division or school and University College English language courses (code U15). View Course Listings.


Students can view their own course schedule, locations, and times, view their student account, register for WU housing, or make enrollment changes on WebSTAC. Exchange students are provided with a Washington University student identification number and password prior to arrival, allowing them to access WebSTAC.

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