International Student Orientation

Welcome Students


Attend orientation to have a smooth transition to Webster University!

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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.

Use the Welcome Guide and Arrival Checklist to help you get started even before you arrive in St. Louis.

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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.





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Request airport pickup service at least two weeks in advance of arrival at

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$45.)

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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(Pictured left to right, Eun Hye Han, Abby Contreras, Timotius “OT” Gunawan, Dina Sallam and MCISA Assistant Director Bethany Keller.)

Our team of peer mentors is here to help answer your questions before arrival and to help guide and support your successful transition to campus!

Get to know our International Connection Leaders!

Abby Contreras (2)Abby Contreras, undergraduate double major in Dance (BA) and Business Adminstration (BS) from Caracas, Venezuela

Why are you an ICL?

I want to be an ICL because I want to be able to provide others with the necessary tools and help to succeed at Webster. I also want new students from all over the world to feel at home and to know that they have someone to rely on if they ever need any help.

Fun fact about Abby – I was on Thai television while studying abroad!

OTTimotius “OT” Gunawan, undergraduate Management/Marketing major with a minor in Psychology from Indonesia

Why are you an ICL? I really like talking to people and like listen and help too.

Fun fact about OT – I love martial arts, I am an expert in 3 types of martial arts.

EunHye HanEun Hye Han, undergraduate International Relations major with a minor in sociology, born in South Korea and raised in Guatemala

Why are you an ICL? I am part of Delta Phi Epsilon and Latin American Student Organization. The friends I made when I first joined are with me to this day. Some of my best college memories happened because I met these people through these student organizations. My advise as your connection leader is to get involved in all college activities and make new friends. :)

Fun fact about Eun Hye – I love eating ice cream during winter!

Dina SallamDina Sallam, graduate Master of Business Administration student from Egypt

Why are you an ICL? I came to Webster after receiving a scholarship to pursue my MBA in the U.S. My professional interests focus on international business especially maritime transport. Besides, my passion is to discover the world through communication and engagement with people from different cultures. That’s why, once I came to Webster, I engaged in a lot of activities. One of them is the international student association (ISA); this year, I have been elected as ISA treasurer. Last year, I gave presentation about my country and provide Egyptian food in many occasions there. I have helped in set up of the most of ISA events. Also, I am currently graduate senator at Student government association (SGA); I aim to address all graduate students issues in SGA council and find solutions for any problem they have.

Lately, I have had a great opportunity to be part of the first year experience program (FYE) as connection and orientation leader. I believe this position will be a good opportunity to widen my horizon and practice my passion. I hope new students seize this opportunity too. I am looking for knowing them and let them know me and make their experience at Webster unforgettable one!

Fun facts about Dina – I like all kind of arts, but since I came here I discovered another interests. First, entertainment games; I keep watching GSN channel, which is mainly for such kind of games. I became addicted to family feud! Second, playing tennis; however it was my first time, I participated in one of Webster’s tennis tournament and hardly won one match!

S1220017MCISA Graduate Assistant – Roberto Chamorro

Roberto is part of the MCISA professional staff support for the ICL team! To learn more about Roberto, visit our Meet the Staff page at


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).