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International Student Resources​

This page will continue to be updated to reflect resources specific to international students.

International students share their visa status and U.S. arrival plans with the Office of Admissions ( as soon as possible. 

Admit Packet

The International Student Admit Packets include next steps for International Students, including instructions for completing the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCOF).

Fall 2021 International Student Admit Packet

Declaration & Certification of Finances (DCOF)

Detailed information about the DCOF process and requirements is provided in the admit packets. You can access the DCOF form directly here.

Visa Requirements

Due to Covid-19, requirements around in person and online may differ per students depending on a number of factors. If you are a new F-1 visa student travelling to the US, you must be in at least one in person class, even if you get your visa late and arrive after classes have started. If you are outside of the U.S., and planning on remaining remote, or if you are transferring your F1 visa from another institutionplease contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs, so the School can keep a record of this and ensure you retain your status. 

Arrival in the U.S. 

International students should notify the Office of Admissions of their visa status, arrival date and travel plans as soon as possible. You must plan to arrive in St. Louis no later than August 18, 2021, and earlier arrival is highly recommended to provide more opportunity to settle in before Orientation begins. 

If you are unable to arrive by August 18, and you still intend to join us in person for Fall 2021, you may be eligible to establish a late arrival plan. This option is available only to students who will be able to meet an extended arrival deadline of September 8, 2021, and all requests will be subject to approval. Please note that it is strongly preferred that students arrive by the deadline of August 18, and students must make every effort to do so before requesting a late arrival plan. We will not issue a revised I-20 for any student approved for late arrival until after August 18.

The Office for International Students &  Scholars (OISS) has prepared a document that contains valuable information about planning your arrival in the U.S. and on campus. 

OISS Pre-Arrival Guide

English Language Proficiency Assessment & Support Course

Prior to enrollment, the Brown School’s Global Programs Office will review each international student’s admission application materials, including ELP exam scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo (or ELP exam waiver status), to assess for academic English language skills. This assessment will determine if the student is required to enroll in the free, zero-credit English Language Support course (S81 5061) in the fall semester. Students may also be asked to complete an additional proficiency exam provided by the Brown School. The Global Programs Office will reach out individually to students who are required to take the additional exam or enroll in the support course.

International Student Orientation

In addition to the mandatory Brown School Orientation from Aug 23-27,  you will need to attend the International Student Orientation. This orientation will be held via a hybrid format, with an in-person session on Thursday, August 19 or Friday, August 20, and also a synchronous session via Zoom for those that can’t make the in-person session. The online portion of the orientation will be a module in Canvas and can be completed in your own time, with a deadline of September 15. More details will be coming to you via email. 

Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS) 

OISS has prepared this International Student Pre-Arrival Guide, which contains valuable information about arriving in the U.S. and at WashU. To learn more about OISS and the resources they provide for international students, please visit their website