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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is your opportunity to meet other international students and find out more about Saint Louis University. 

You’ll learn about the requirements for maintaining your visa, and take the TOEFL and SLU Writing Examination. We’ll help you register for classes, sign up for a cell phone and open a bank account. You'll also register with the Office of International Services so we can assist you during your stay .

Every international student should plan to attend SLU’s international orientation, even if you’ve studied in the United States before. Every school has different policies and resources, and it is important to know what is expected of you at SLU.


The SLU Writing Examination is a writing skills assessment that will help determine your class schedule.

Most new international students, including some graduate students, are required to complete this writing examination during orientation. Exchange students, students transferring from SLU-Madrid, students from English-speaking countries, and students who had college-level English at a U.S. college are not required to take the exam.

To prepare for the exam, watch our review video on either YouTube or Youku.

All international students in the INTO SLU program must take the paper-based TOEFL during orientation. The results of this test will determine your classes. To prepare, watch our review video on either YouTube or Youku.

2018 Orientation Dates

For international students beginning their studies at SLU in January 2018, airport pickup days will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 10. International Student Orientation will be Thursday and Friday, Jan. 11 and 12. Here is the orientation schedule. 

International Student Orientation dates for students beginning their studies at SLU in summer 2018 have not yet been scheduled. Check back for updates.