We only support student visas for students enrolled in two courses through our High School Summer Scholars Program. International students applying to our High School Summer Academy, which includes enrollment in credit course work, must already hold an F-1 student visa in order to attend. We do not support student visas to High School Summer Academy.
Students applying to any of our other noncredit programs should contact the United States embassy or consulate in their home country to determine if they need a visa, and what type of visa needs to be issued to participate in these programs. A B-2 tourist visa allows for brief stays that may include participation in short recreational course of study not for credit towards a degree. We can provide students with a formal invitation letter if needed.
We do offer scholarship assistance for international students. Students applying for a scholarship need to provide official documentation, in English, of their parents' total yearly income. This can include a letter from your parents' employers or other official government documentation.
Scholarships do not cover travel to and from the program, personal expenses, or textbooks.
All international students are required to have health insurance written by a company in the United States. Check any health insurance very carefully to be sure that it meets the criteria. One online option we recommend is StudyUSA-Healthcare from Travel Insure. Be sure to purchase short-term medical insurance, not to be confused with “travel insurance.”
Please note, whichever company students use it must have a U.S. mailing address and phone number.
We require that all residential students have a cell phone with a United States phone number. This includes international students. Students must provide this number at check-in for the program.
All pre-college students must provide proof of immunization for the following:
- Two vaccines each for measles, mumps and rubella after the age of one year old. A blood test to check for immunity (titers) may be provided in lieu of the immunizations.
- Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra, Menveo, MenQuadfi, MCV4, MenACWY, MPSV4).
- One tuberculosis test (PPD skin test or blood test such as T-spot or Quantiferon gold) in the past six months for students at high risk of tuberculosis. High risk for tuberculosis includes: born in a high-prevalence country; travel for more than two months to a high-prevalence country; contact with active tuberculosis; HIV positive; suppressed immune system from illness or medication (e.g., organ transplant, prednisone treatment); medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure; body weight 10% or more below ideal body weight; work in prison, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital; work in lab with mycobacteria; history of abnormal chest X-ray.
- As a condition of employment, enrollment, and/or access to Washington University and affiliated facilities, all University employees, students, and trainees must be immunized by vaccination against COVID-19 unless granted a medical or religious exemption from the University. Additional information on immunization requirements can be found here.