• Application Deadline
  • 35 days
The International Summer Study Program at Washington University in St. Louis offers international undergraduate students the opportunity to take two credit-bearing classes of their choice over five weeks in July and August. Students can also participate in workshops on how to prepare for graduate studies in the United States.


Choose two intensive classes of your choice. Students can earn up to seven (7) units of credit at our International Summer Study programme from Washington University in St. Louis

  • Experience the best of American undergraduate education.
  • Work with exceptional faculty in classes that average ten students.
  • Build a record of success in North American classrooms.

Key facts:

Gain valuable insights as you prepare for graduate school through our preparation workshops.

  • Enjoy private tours of the seven graduate schools on campus.
  • Meet directly with graduate school admissions directors.
  • Learn to write effective application essays in English.
  • Develop effective interviewing skills that you can use for graduate programs, scholarships, and jobs.

The program includes seminars on how to interview and write successful applications, tours of graduate and professional schools on-campus and one on one meetings with admissions officers and faculty members. 

Social activities and excursions are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends so that participants can relax, explore and have fun.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Students arrive on a Friday in July and have a weekend orientation before beginning their five-week program. During the orientation they meet their American “buddy” – another summer student who serves as a friend and resource during their time in St. Louis. Students attend classes every day Monday-Friday and have evenings and weekends free for study, workshops, social activities and excursions. Workshops equip students to be successful applicants to graduate programs in the United States. Social activities include dinners, a baseball game, visits to museums and amusement parks, cooking lessons, and a trip to an organic farm. Students live on campus in comfortable university residence halls and have free access to public transportation. They can eat in campus and neighborhood restaurants using the campus meal card, provided as part of the program fee. Meals can also be cooked in the residence hall kitchens. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older by July 1
  • Be a current university-level undergraduate student.
  • Have completed one year of study by July 1
  • Be in good academic standing.

Washington University in St. Louis also accepts the following ELT exams: CAE,  CPE, and the DuoLingo English Test.

TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE, or Duolingo English Test is a requirement 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 a self-facing camera and microphone. The testing session is recorded and verified by a Duolingo proctor, and the results are available within 48 hours.

Technological Requirements


Tuition Fee

  • International

    7995 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7995 USD for the full programme and a duration of 35 days.
  • National

    7995 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7995 USD for the full programme and a duration of 35 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Application Fee: $50

Living costs for Saint Louis

  • 1015 - 1530 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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