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Student Life

Campus Life

The following are resources that will help you find success both inside and outside the classroom. Attend events on campus or join a student group to get involved.

Campus Organizations

Washington University has a wide range of activities available to all students, including those on exchange. Students may choose from a broad range of Campus Organizations, including sports clubs, cultural organizations, volunteer opportunities, pre-professional organizations, and special-interest groups. There is an Activities Fair at the beginning of each semester that will allow new exchange students to find opportunities that fit their interests.

Orientation Programs for Exchange Students

The Office for International Students and Scholars and First Year Center will offer Orientation programming that program will provide information and experience that will make the transition to Washington University easier.

Washington University Student Associates and the Buddy Program

Washington University Student Associates (WUSA- pronounced Woo-sa) are upper-class student leaders who meet students during orientation and assist with the transition to Washington University. Their primary duties are to make sure their students understand academic deadlines, policies and resources and to help build community among transfer/exchange groups through activities. WUSAs partner with the Office of Overseas Programs on many activities for exchange students. The Buddy Program, organized by Overseas Programs, pairs incoming exchange students with WU students who have recently studied abroad, so exchange students have another of contact with a student familiar with WU and the transition to an international study experience.

Learn more about the University Community.

Life in St. Louis

Washington University students and faculty take advantage of the St. Louis metropolitan area in many ways — from recreation and cultural offerings and fine dining, to internships and clinical experiences, to volunteering their time to a variety of worthy causes. Read more about the St. Louis community at Living in St. Louis


St. Louis Vistors Guide

The Explore St. Louis website offers a variety of recommendations for things to see and do in addition to places to eat and drink throughout the city. Annually they publish the Official Visitors Guide with maps, suggestions, and information on the city.

Saint Louis Botanical Gardens