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 300 international (F-1 and J-1 visa) students on our campus from approximately 35 different countries, and these international students play a very vital role on our campus.

Pre-Arrival Info Guide for New International Students

The Office of International Programs (OIP) has prepared this Pre-Arrival Information Guide for new incoming international students, which contains important information about: reporting to WU, orientation for F-1/J-1 students and short-term scholars, obtaining your visa and arriving in the U.S., our city (Topeka), the university, local weather, local housing options, transportation and health insurance/health care in the U.S.

New Student Orientation Book

The Office of New Student Orientation has prepared a New Student Orientation Book for all new incoming Washburn Ichabods!  (Not sure what an Ichabod is?  Check out page 7 for more information!) This book includes important information about:  Washburn’s history, your student identification card (called an iCard), campus safety, degree requirements, classroom expectations, academic advising, student clubs and organizations, living on-campus (Residential Living), Dining Services, the Student Recreation & Wellness Center (student gym), Student Health Services, Washburn Athletics, Topeka Metro (bus and bike transportation options), campus map, and other support services at WU.

Online Pre-Arrival Orientation

The Office of International Programs has developed an on-line pre-arrival orientation through Desire2Learn (D2L), Washburn’s online learning platform.  All new international students coming to WU are required to complete this pre-arrival orientation before arriving on campus.  More information will be sent to you by the OIP approximately two months before the beginning of your program.

Airport Pick-Up/Transportation to WU

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 Fall 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.