Undergraduate Visiting Students

The Undergraduate Visiting Student offerings in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis provide opportunities for qualified individuals to register for undergraduate courses in Arts & Sciences on a non-degree basis.

Permission to register under this arrangement does not constitute or imply admission to a degree program at Washington University. However, qualified visiting students may apply for admission at a future date to one of the degree-granting divisions of the university. Courses taken during visiting status may be applied to a degree program at Washington University only if authorized by the appropriate academic division.

Students seeking admission to an undergraduate degree program at Washington University should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students seeking admission to a graduate degree program in Arts & Sciences at Washington University should contact the Office of the Graduate School. Individuals wishing to pursue non-degree course work in art, architecture, business or engineering should contact those schools directly for information relating to non-degree study. High school students wishing to pursue non-degree coursework at Washington University should contact the Early College Scholars Program.

Academic Year Opportunities

Undergraduate Visiting Student offerings during the academic year are designed for individuals who are currently undergraduate degree candidates in good standing from other colleges or universities who wish to take a leave of absence from their home institutions and enroll in undergraduate courses at Washington University.

Policies and Procedures

  • Eligibility for visiting student status includes current matriculation in good standing and completion of at least one semester of full-time study (12 or more units) at another accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum grade-point average in previous college work.
  • Undergraduate visiting students may register for a maximum of 12 units of course work during a single semester.
  • Undergraduate visiting students are eligible to register for a maximum of two semesters of full-time study at Washington University.
  • All course enrollments are on a space-available basis and subject to instructor and Arts & Sciences approval.
  • Undergraduate visiting students register for courses with an academic adviser and pay tuition and course-related fees in full at the time of registration.
  • Visiting students are not eligible for federal or institutional financial assistance.
  • International students are eligible to apply for non-degree study as an undergraduate visiting student if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.
  • Individuals wishing to participate in Undergraduate Visiting Student opportunities in Arts & Sciences during the academic year should contact Ashley June Moore, Director of Programmatic Initiatives, at college@wustl.edu.


On-campus housing is not available to visiting students. Off-campus housing, however, is available. For more information about housing options, please contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@wustl.edu or Quadrangle Housing at quadrangle@wustl.edu.

Summer Session Opportunities

Students from other colleges and universities, graduating high school students, and adults who are seeking career advancement or enrichment are eligible to enroll in summer courses as visiting students.

Policies and Procedures

  • To be eligible to enroll, students must meet the following qualifications:
    • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the session
    • Have graduated from high school, secondary school, or an equivalent
    • Be in good academic standing at any home institutions in which they are currently enrolled
    • International students: Be able to verify fluency in the English language based on the current standards of English Proficiency Certification set by the Office for International Students and Scholars

(Please refer to Summer Session visiting student eligibility requirements for additional clarification.)

  • Any student who has been suspended or dismissed from any school within Washington University may not register without written permission from their former dean.
  • Individuals wishing to enroll as visiting students in Arts & Sciences during the Summer Session must complete the enrollment request form and provide all requested information.


On-campus housing is available to visiting students. For more information about housing options, please visit Summer Housing.