International Student Orientation

To ensure a smooth transition to Webster University, international students must attend an International Student Orientation organized by the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs each semester. This program 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.

International Student Orientation is a workshop designed to help international students familiarize themselves with aspects of Webster University, U.S. education system and American culture. At the same time, students shall learn about the United States Immigration regulations pertaining to their immigration status. It also covers some important practical matters such as health insurance, employment, transportation, banking, cultural adjustment, getting connected with other students and so forth. Keep in mind, this is also a wonderful 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.

RSVP for International Student Orientation Online at In order to make your welcome to campus as comfortable for you as possible, tell us a little more about you!


Fall 1                Graduate International Student Orientation                              August 16, 2013

Fall 1                International Student Check In (Graduate)                                 August 19, 2013

Fall                   Undergraduate International Student Orientation                     August 21, 2013

Fall                   International Student Immigration Check In (Undergraduate) August 22, 2013

Fall 2                International Student Orientation (All students)                        October 23, 2013

Fall 2                International Student Immigration Check In (All students)         October 24, 2013

Spring 1          Graduate International Orientation                                                 January 3, 2014

Spring             International Student Immigration Check In (Graduate)        January 6, 2014

Spring             Undergraduate International Student Orientation                    January 10, 2014

Spring             International Student Check In (Undergraduate)                      January 13, 2014

Spring 2           International Student Orientation  (All students)                        March 14, 2014

Spring 2           International Student Immigration Check In (All students)       March 17, 2014

Summer           International Student Orientation (All students)                         May 22, 2014

Summer          International Student Immigration Check In (All students)       June 2, 2014

Orientation Schedules and Arrival Checklists

Spring 2 Term -  International Student Orientation Schedule – 14 March 2014

Summer Term – 22 May 2014

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

FREE AIRPORT PICKUP – Advanced Request Required!

Lambert St. Louis International Airport is approximately 15 miles from campus. Taxi service is available to campus for approximately USD$40.

Webster University provides free airport pickup by advanced request to new international students. Please submit your request for pickup at least two weeks in advance of your arrival through our Online Request Form at We will confirm your arrival pickup by email or phone after your request is processed. There is no fee for this service.

Pre Arrival Guide for New International Students and Scholars

We have created a comprehensive 2013-2014 Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students and Scholars to assist you in taking the necessary steps to secure your student visa, travel safely to the US, prepare for the start of your classes, and transition to your new life at Webster University. This guide is organized in a step-by-step format. Please refer to it for advice and guidance on what to do before arrival, during your travels and after your arrival on campus.

Health Care in the United States

Please take a few minutes to 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

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

Banking in the United States

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.

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 or by phone at +1(314)-246-7649 (office) or +1 (314) 301-9665 (mobile, call or text).