International Student & Scholar Services

The Ichabod, Washburn's mascot.

Pre-Arrival Information

Congratulations on your acceptance to Washburn!

The Office of International Programs (OIP) looks forward to welcoming you to Washburn University! We are very glad that you have chosen Washburn, a university of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. There are over 250 international (F-1 and J-1 visa) students on our campus from approximately 40 different countries, and these international students play a very vital role on our campus.


Pre-Arrival Information Guide for New Students

Our Pre-Arrival Information Guide contains information about:

  • Reporting to Washburn
  • Orientation for F-1/J-1 Students and Short-term Scholars
  • Obtaining your Visa & Arrival in the U.S.
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Washburn University
  • Local weather
  • Housing options in Topeka
  • Transportation around Topeka
  • Health Insurance & Health Care in the U.S.


Airport Pick-Up 

For newly arriving Washburn international students, the Office of International Programs (OIP) will arrange free airport pick-up and transportation to the WU campus for students arriving into Kansas City International Airport (airport code: MCI) on specific dates before Orientation Week.  For All 2016, the OIP will offer this free service for new international students arriving on August 12, 13 and 14.  The required new student orientation week will be August 16 - 20.  If you wish to sign up for this service, please click on International Student Arrival Information Form.

International students arriving to the airport.