International Student Orientation

Attend orientation to have a smooth transition to Webster University!

International Student Orientation is required for all international students attending the University in F-1 or J-1 visa status, including students who are transferring from another U.S educational institution or studying abroad from our overseas campuses.

Orientation is…..

  • A workshop designed to help international students familiarize themselves with Webster University, U.S. education system and American culture, and United States Immigration regulations pertaining to their immigration status
  • Advice and support on important practical matters such as health insurance, employment, transportation, banking, cultural adjustment, getting connected with other students.
  • An amazing opportunity to meet and make friends with other new students from around the world.
  • Accompanying parents and spouses are welcome at the orientation, although most activities are designed for specifically for students.

Download the Welcome and Arrival Information Checklist to help you get started even before you arrive in St. Louis. Click here to download.

Coming soon for Fall 2015 new students – Before You Board: International Student Orientation Online! New students access Orientation materials online in Connections WorldClassroom after registering for classes. Before You Board: International Student Orientation Online includes valuable advice from your classmates on adjusting to a new culture, tips and advice on navigating your new educational environment and our St. Louis campus, setting up services like cell phone plans and bank accounts, accessing resources to support your success like academic advising, English as a Second Language courses, health insurance, immigration advising, library and  much more. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to set up Connections and access your orientation course online.

Upcoming Orientation and Immigration Check In Dates  

International Student Arrival and Orientation Dates 2014-2015

Schedule of Events widgetClick here to download the Orientation Schedule.

Summer 2015 (May/June)

International Student Orientation | 1 June | 8:30 am-4:30 pm | Sunnen Lounge

Immigration Check In | 2 June | 12-2 pm | Webster Groves Room

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To prepare in advance for Immigration Check In , please download and fill out the International Student Check In Form.

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Request airport pickup service at least two weeks in advance of arrival at  http://www.tinyurl.com/wuairportpickup.

Webster University provides airport pickup to new international students (based on staff availability and advanced request). We will confirm your arrival pickup by email or phone after your request is processed. Lambert St. Louis International Airport is approximately 15 miles from campus. If staff are unavailable to assist with pickup, we can recommend alternate methods of travel from the airport to your destination. (Taxi service or shuttle bus transport is available to campus for approximately USD$40.)

Please note: students traveling with children must provide an appropriate car seat in order to transport children in the University vehicle.

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Prepare for Your Visa Interview

 

Now that you have been admitted to Webster University, review important information at http://www.webster.edu/iris/admitted_students/index.html that will guide you from this moment till your arrival to Webster University.

If you have any questions, please contact International Recruitment and International Services by telephone at: 1-314-246-7753 or by email at: intlstudy@webster.edu. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Immigration Rules and Regulations

View video modules in advance or refresh your memory on what you learn at orientation!

Module 1  Office Information; Maintaining Status; Immigration Documents

Module 2 Full Time Enrollment; Change of Program; School Transfer; Employment

Module 3 Traveling; Dependents; Violation of Status, Reinstatement and Criminal Activities; Your Responsibilities; Resources

 

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Review this quick video on the Health Care system in the United States.  This video teaches international students how to prepare for their arrival in the US, how the US healthcare system works and how students should seek medical care appropriately if they become sick or injured.  US Healthcare System Video

Enroll in the Webster University Student Health Insurance plan. All international students on F-1 or J-1 visa attending Webster University in the United States are required to enroll in the University sponsored plan. Please visit the Student Health Services website to download the Enrollment Forms and to review coverage information.

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Webster University partners with US Bank to provide students with the option to link your Webster University student ID card to your US Bank checking account. For more information, please visit the Webster University Student Banking Center online.

Review helpful videos on banking topics at Banking with US Bank.

Questions? Contact Us!

MCISA is committed to helping new international students make a smooth transition to life in St. Louis area, the United States and to Webster University as they pursue their education. For more information about International Student Orientation please contact Bethany Keller by e-mail at  bethanys@webster.edu or by phone at +1(314)-246-7649 (office) or +1 (314) 301-9665 (mobile, call or text).