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Congratulations! Fall 2021 Information for Admitted International Students

Welcome to the Brown School.

Welcome to the Brown School.

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Dean’s Welcome Congratulations on your acceptance to the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Our admissions committee has recognized immense promise in you. When our students gather for the Fall 2021 semester, we hope to count you among the cohort. This past year has been difficult for all us, but it has also taught important lessons. We are all interconnected; we all must work toward solutions that protect the health and well-being of our global community. At the Brown School, we strive to use our research and influence to improve outcomes for all people, around the world. The Brown School is home more than 15 research centers and affiliated institutes, and three community-based initiatives. As a student, you can collaborate on these initiatives through research assistantships, fieldwork, special projects and independent study. You will find opportunities to work alongside professors, researchers and colleagues on serious equity issues, including efforts to dismantle structural racism, address health disparities, and enhance social and economic development. Our extensive curriculum encourages you to find your unique path to impact. Your experience is supported by holistic advising, which includes a Faculty Advisor, Academic Advisor and field education faculty who will guide you through the practicum process. Abundant student support resources—including an Office of Career Services and an Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion—help each student thrive. Now more than ever, we need bright minds like yours to rise to the challenge of these times, and seek out the best evidence to advance equity in communities, both near and far. I commend you for your commitment to this work, and I hope I will see you on our campus this next year. Sincerely,

Mary M. McKay, PhD Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis


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We are thrilled to offer you admission to the Brown School.


How to approach the International Student Admit Packet: This International Student Admit Packet contains valuable information as you prepare to join our community in Fall 2021. As an international student, there are a number of time-sensitive requirements that initiate visa processes and secure your enrollment; each of these is outlined in the packet. You’ll also find information about your degree program, answers to frequently asked questions, ways to connect with other incoming students, and important dates and deadlines. We encourage you to review the contents carefully and ensure you submit all forms by their due dates. In addition, you’ll want to read your official, electronic admission letter available in your Brown School Admissions Portal.

We hope to see you in the fall!

Contents: page 6: Important Dates 8: Next Steps for International Students 10: Confirming Your Intent to Enroll 12: Instructions for Submitting Declaration & Certification of Finances (DCOF) 14: MSW Admits: DCOF Values & Additional Considerations 16: MSW - Advanced Standing Admits: DCOF Values & Additional Considerations 18: MPH Admits: DCOF Values & Additional Considerations 20: Dual Degree Admits: DCOF Values & Additional Considerations 22: MSP Global Partner Program Admits: DCOF Values & Additional Considerations 24: Frequently Asked Questions for International Students 28: St. Louis Neighborhood map 30: Two-Year Academic Calendar 31: Washington University at a Glance brownschool.wustl.edu/admitted-student | 5


Important Dates The following dates mark important deadlines and next steps to join the Brown School in the fall.

Dates for Confirming Your Intent to Enroll

- additional information on page 10

DUE DATE

ACTION

REFERENCE

May 1*

Submit non-refundable tuition advance deposit

page 10

June 1*

Submit Declaration & Certification of Finances (DCOF)

page 12

* Applicants admitted after April 15 must respond by the deadline provided in their admissions notification.

Additional Important Dates & Deadlines APRIL 5 – 9: Virtual Admitted Students Week - optional MAY 1: Deadline to confirm intent to enroll for Fall 2021 semester and submit DCOF LATE-MAY: Instructions sent via email for course registration and other enrollment procedures EARLY-JUNE: Instructions sent via email for creating a WUSTL Key and accessing University systems EARLY-JUNE: Academic Advisor will reach out to discuss fall course registration MID-JUNE: Fall course registration opens for incoming students (More details to come) MID-JULY: Instructions to register for New Student Orientation sent via email BEGINNING JULY 19: Arrive in St. Louis; we recommend arriving in St. Louis at least 2-3 full weeks before the semester begins, and MSW Advanced Standing students should arrive as early as possible AUGUST 9 – 19: “BSW Intensive: Bridge to Brown” course for MSW advanced standing students - required for advanced standing MSW students AUGUST 19 & 20: International Student Orientation - required for international students AUGUST 23 – 27: Brown School New Student Orientation - required for all incoming students AUGUST 30: First day of classes for the fall semester

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Next Steps for Admitted Students This page outlines the next steps for joining the Brown School community in the fall of 2021. Additional information about each item is available on Admitted Student Resources at brownschool.wustl.edu/admitted-students.

RIGHT AWAY:

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

Confirm Your Intent to Enroll: As an International Student, you must confirm your intent to enroll and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCOF). Together, these documents initiate the visa process. Learn more about the DCOF process beginning on page 10.

Review International Student FAQs: A handful of frequently asked questions for international students are answered on pages 24-27 of this packet.

Check Admitted Student Resources: Admitted Student Resources contains deadlines and resources to assist your journey to the Brown School. Pages will be updated regularly and should be reviewed carefully. Join Social Media Groups: You can connect with other incoming students on the following social groups: • Brown School Admitted Student Facebook Group • Brown School Admissions Instagram • WeChat (see QR code on page 24) Explore Resources from Washington University’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS): OISS will be a resource for you throughout your time at the Brown School. Begin exploring their services at oiss.wustl.edu. Update Contact Info When Needed: Throughout spring and summer, we will communicate enrollment information to you. Please keep us informed of any changes in contact information (email, phone or mailing address) by updating the Profile section in your Brown School Admissions Portal. 8 | International Student Admit Packet

Submit Your Final, Official Transcript: Upon accepting your offer of admission, you must provide a final official transcript from the institution at which your undergraduate degree was conferred or a certified foreign transcript evaluation. Additional information is available on Admitted Student Resources. Review Housing Resources: Washington University graduate students live off campus in privately or University owned properties. Most students prefer to live in one of the neighborhoods surrounding campus. If you are relocating to St. Louis, we encourage you to explore the abundant housing opportunities in our area and connect with potential roommates in our Admitted Students Facebook group. Review the Laptop Requirement: Computer use is essential to a Brown School student’s daily experience. As assignments and projects will require technology access both on and off campus, the Brown School requires that all students own a laptop computer. Find details on Admitted Student Resources.


EARLY SUMMER:

UPON ARRIVAL IN ST. LOUIS:

Set-Up WUSTL Key and prepare for course registration: In the last week of May, you will receive the Brown School Enrollment Packet over email. The Enrollment Packet outlines the steps you’ll take to create WashU credentials (including getting your student ID number and @wustl. edu email). It will also guide you through the course registration process. Course registration is scheduled to begin June 15 (MSW Advanced Standing only) and continue on June 16 (all other incoming students).

Check-In at the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS): Upon arrival in St. Louis, you must check in with OISS, located on the Danforth Campus. More information about OISS is available online at oiss.wustl.edu.

Consider Taking Proficiency Exams: Proficiency exams are offered for select foundation courses to students who have confirmed their intent to enroll. Proficiency exams do not offer course credit toward your degree; however, passing an exam will exempt you from taking the associated foundation course, therefore allowing the credits to be satisfied with an approved elective course. Proficiency exams will be offered on select dates throughout the spring and summer, as well as at Orientation.

Learn more about each of these next steps on Admitted Student Resources

Prepare for your Visa Interview: OISS has gathered resources to help you prepare for the visa interview. Learn more about preparing for your interview on the OISS website.

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Confirming Your Intent to Enroll Ready to join our community? As an international student, there are multiple steps you must take in order to confirm your intent to enroll and secure your spot in the Fall 2021 cohort. We’ve outlined this process below and throughout the next few pages. Be sure to look at the following instructions, as well as additional information specific to your degree program.

HOW DO I CONFIRM MY INTENT TO ENROLL? As an international student, confirming your intent to enroll is a multi-step process. Step 1 is to confirm your intent to enroll in your Admissions Portal. Step 2 is to submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCOF), which initiates the visa process. Both steps are outlined on the next page.

WHAT IS THE DCOF? The Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCOF) form and supporting documents verify a student has sufficient funds to cover educational and living expenses while studying in the U.S. Upon receipt of your DCOF and supporting documents, the Brown School will initiate the processing of your I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status with Washington University, which is required for obtaining your visa.

WHAT’S THE DEADLINE? We encourage you to submit your Intent to Enroll and DCOF as soon as possible. Intent to Enroll must be submitted no later than May 1, 2021 (or within two weeks for those admitted after April 15). Completed DCOF and supporting documents must be received by our office no later than June 1, 2021.

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STEP 1

SUBMIT A NON-REFUNDABLE $200 ADVANCE TUITION DEPOSIT. • Submit by May 1 (or by the deadline provided in your admissions notification) • Pay online with credit card by following the link provided in your electronic admission letter (located in the Brown School Admissions Portal) • Your $200 deposit will be applied to your fall tuition bill

STEP 2

COMPLETE NEW INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT STATUS FORM ONLINE. students.wustl.edu/new-graduate-student-status-form

STEP 3

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT DECLARATION AND CERTIFICATION OF FINANCES (DCOF) AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. • Submit by June 1 (or by the deadline provided in your admissions notification) • You can mail or email your DCOF and supporting documents to the Brown School (email is recommended to expedite processing) • All supporting documents should be original files (or, if emailing, scans of original files); photographs and screenshots of original documents will not be accepted • If you email scanned copies, we reserve the right to request original documentation • Once the Brown School receives these documents, your information will be provided to the Washington University Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) to process your Form I-20 visa eligibility document • If you are currently in the U.S., you must complete the necessary procedures which may include submitting a change of status or transfer • Contact the Office of Admissions & Recruitment with any questions regarding your DCOF

READ THE FOLLOWING PAGES FOR DCOF REQUIREMENTS ACCORDING TO YOUR DEGREE PROGRAM: SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS DEGREE PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS MSW - FULL PROGRAM

pages 12 & 13

pages 14 & 15

MSW - ADVANCED STANDING

pages 12 & 13

pages 14, 15, 16 & 17

MPH

pages 12 & 13

pages 18 & 19

MSW/MPH DUAL-DEGREE

pages 12 & 13

page 20

MSW/MSP DUAL-DEGREE

pages 12 & 13

page 20

MPH/MSP DUAL-DEGREE

pages 12 & 13

page 20

MSP GLOBAL PROGRAMS

pages 12 & 13

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DCOF Considerations and Guidelines To be issued an I-20, you must submit the DCOF and all supporting documentation. The DCOF must present proof of funding (as required by your degree program) and demonstrate that you possess adequate funds in order to cover all tuition, health insurance, living costs, and other anticipated expenses during your stay in the U.S. without engaging in unauthorized employment. The supporting documentation must adhere to federal requirements. These requirements are outlined below.

WHAT DOCUMENTS CAN DEMONSTRATE PROOF OF FUNDING? In addition to completing the DCOF form (see your degree page for a link to the DCOF form), proof of funding may come in the form of a bank statement, bank letter, or letter detailing a sponsorship or external scholarship. Supporting documents must meet certain requirements, which are outlined below:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT: You must include a copy of your passport with your supporting documents.

IF I SUBMIT A BANK STATEMENT OR A LETTER FROM THE BANK, WHAT IS REQUIRED? All documents from a financial institution must meet the following criteria: • • • •

Date of letter; no older than six months The account holder’s full name in English; initials will not be accepted All bank letters must be printed in English and on official bank letterhead Letters must contain an official logo, stamp, seal or signature

IF I SUBMIT A SPONSOR/COMMITTMENT OF SUPPORT LETTER, WHAT IS REQUIRED? Sponsors may include Family, Individual, School, Corporate, or Private Scholarship. • All sponsors must submit a letter stating commitment of support. Whenever possible, sponsors should use this Statement of Support template • Corporate sponsors must complete their letter on company letterhead and include the same content requested on the Statement of Support template (linked above)

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ADDITIONAL DCOF INFORMATION BY PROGRAM: MSW - page 14 & 15 MSW, Advanced Standing - pages 14, 15, 16 & 17 MPH - pages 18 & 19 MSW/MPH Dual Degree - page 20

MSW/MSP Dual Degree - page 20 MPH/MSP Dual Degree - page 20 MSP Global Partner Degree - pages 22 & 23

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE UNACCEPTABLE? The following items will not be accepted as proof of financial support: • • • • •

Retirement accounts Proof of valuable property Tax and income statements Photographs or screenshots of bank statements or letters Letters authored by the sponsor attesting to their account balance without including certification • Letters of projected income

SUBMITTING YOUR DCOF AND SUPPORTED DOCUMENTATION: Once you complete your DCOF form and gather all supporting documentation (including a copy of your passport), send all documents to the Brown School Office of Admissions by mail or email: BY EMAIL: brownadmissions@wustl.edu BY MAIL: Brown School Office of Admissions & Recruitment Washington University in St. Louis Campus Box 1196, One Brookings Drive Saint Louis, MO 63130 United States

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MSW Students: Tuition & DCOF Guidance To be issued an I-20, MSW students must submit a DCOF that documents financial support for the following tuition and living expenses: UNIVERSITY CHARGES

AMOUNT (USD)

MSW Tuition, 2021-2022 Academic Year Student Health Insurance & Wellness Fee

$44,590 $2,480

Student Activity Fee

$100

LIVING EXPENSES* Estimated cost for room, board, books, supplies, summer expenses and personal expenses

$24,400

Total amount MSW DCOF must document:

$71,570

(if no dependents**)

*Amounts listed for living expenses are estimates based on university averages; actual expenses may vary. **DCOF must also demonstrate funds for dependents. Add $9,000 for first dependent. Add $5,000 for each additional dependent.

In addition, all graduate student housing at Washington University is off campus. When you arrive in St. Louis, you should be prepared with sufficient funds to pay for rental deposits, utility deposits and household necessities, such as furniture. Figures below indicate an approximate range for these monthly expenses:

INITIAL EXPENSES First month’s rent and rental/safety deposits Utility and phone deposits Household furnishings and necessities

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AMOUNT (USD) $900-$2,400 $170-$340 $350-$1,850


ADDITIONAL NEXT STEPS FOR INTERNATIONAL MSW ADMITTED STUDENTS DCOF SUBMISSION As listed on page 14, MSW students should submit a DCOF that documents funding for $71,570. LINKS TO DCOF FORMS BY MSW PROGRAM MSW - Full Program: DCOF form MSW - Advanced Standing (16 month): DCOF form MSW - Advanced Standing (12 month): DCOF form MSW/MPH Dual-Degree: DCOF form MSW/MSP Dual-Degree: DCOF form

GUIDELINES FOR YOUR DCOF DOCUMENTATION Please see pages 12 & 13 for guidelines to submit DCOF and supporting documentation. Access the

sponsor Statement of Support template. CONSIDER TAKING PROFICIENCY EXAMS Incoming MSW students may choose to take proficiency exams for the following courses: • Human Behavior • Research Methods with Statistical Applications Additional information and registration instructions are available on Admitted Student Resources. International MSW admitted students entering with advanced standing status should see additional instructions on pages 16 & 17.

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MSW Advanced Standing Students: Additional Considerations In addition to submitting a DCOF demonstrating the value for MSW tuition (pages 14), students who are entering the Brown School with MSW advanced standing status should know the following:

DCOF SUBMISSION Admitted MSW international students with advanced standing status must submit the same DCOF documentation as students in the full MSW program. Please see the DCOF requirements on pages 14 & 15 in order to prepare your DCOF.

ADVANCED STANDING ELIGIBILITY Students who earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree may be eligible to enter the Brown School with advanced standing status. Students who receive all advanced standing credit enroll in a minimum of 39 credits at the Brown School. Advanced standing credit will be applicable if you received an equivalent grade of a “B” or better in the undergraduate coursework and ISWDRES recognizes your academic credentials.

ADVANCED STANDING ELIGIBLE COURSES (19 TOTAL CREDITS) Research Methods with Statistical Applications Human Behavior Social Work Practice I (Individuals, Families and Groups) Social Work Practice II (Organizations and Communities) Social Welfare Policies and Services Foundation Practicum Foundation Practicum Seminar

3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 1 credit

BSW INTENSIVE: BRIDGE TO BROWN From August 9-19, 2021, advanced standing MSW students must take a two-week bridge course, “BSW Intensive: Bridge to Brown.” The course covers select, foundational skills for MSW students at the Brown School, including evidence-based practice, social justice, human diversity, and social and political environment. Attendance at “BSW Intensive: Bridge to Brown” is required for all MSW students entering with advanced standing status. The course instruction will be online, but taught live daily during the Central time zone.

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EARLY ACADEMIC ADVISING If you have elected to pursue the 12-month Advanced Standing program, you must enter the Brown School knowing your concentration (and optional specialization). This will allow you to build a first semester scedule that fulfills academic requirements. To support you in this process, you will be connected to your Academic Advisor after being admitted. Once you confirm your intent to enroll, you will schedule a required onboarding conversation with your advisor.

REQUIRED ISWDRES CERTIFICATION PROCESS Students who earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an international institution must complete the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services (ISWDRES) certification, which recognizes social work credentials comparable to baccalaureate and master’s degrees in social work in the U.S. You should begin the ISWDRES certification process as soon as possible. This process should be completed before July 31, and no later than the second week of class in the fall semester. Begin the process online: cswe.org/Centers-Initiatives/Initiatives/International-Degree-Review The certification typically takes 45 days after ISWDRES receives all documentation and may operate with a further delay due to COVID-19. It is highly recommended that you list the Brown School mailing address in the ‘Determination Letter’ section of your ISWDRES application so an official copy of a recognized determination letter will be mailed to the School directly; otherwise you are required to provide us with the official determination letter once received. Questions related to the ISWDRES process should be emailed to CSWE at iswdres@cswe.org.

ARRIVAL DATE IN THE UNITED STATES Advanced standing students should plan to arrive in the United States at the earliest possible date allowed by your I-20 (July 19, 2021). This will allow you time to settle into St. Louis before beginning the “BSW Intensive: Bridge to Brown” intensive course. The course instruction will be online, but taught live daily during the Central time zone.

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MPH Students: Tuition & DCOF Guidance To be issued an I-20, MPH students must submit a DCOF that documents financial support for the following tuition and living expenses: UNIVERSITY CHARGES

AMOUNT (USD)

MPH Tuition, 2021-2022 Academic Year Student Health Insurance & Wellness Fee

$39,600 $2,480

Student Activity Fee

$100

LIVING EXPENSES* Estimated cost for room, board, books, supplies, summer expenses and personal expenses

$24,400

Total amount MPH DCOF must document:

$66,580

(if no dependents**)

*Amounts listed for living expenses are estimates based on university averages; actual expenses may vary. **DCOF must also demonstrate funds for dependents. Add $9,000 for first dependent. Add $5,000 for each additional dependent.

In addition, all graduate student housing at Washington University is off-campus. When you arrive in St. Louis, you should be prepared with sufficient funds to pay for rental deposits, utility deposits and household necessities, such as furniture. Figures below indicate an approximate range for these monthly expenses:

INITIAL EXPENSES First month’s rent and rental/safety deposits Utility and phone deposits Household furnishings and necessities

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AMOUNT (USD) $900-$2,400 $170-$340 $350-$1,850


ADDITIONAL NEXT STEPS FOR INTERNATIONAL MPH ADMITTED STUDENTS: DCOF SUBMISSION As listed on page 18, MPH students should submit a DCOF that documents funding for $66,580. LINKS TO DCOF FORMS BY MPH PROGRAM MPH Program: DCOF form MPH/MSP Dual-Degree: DCOF form GUIDELINES FOR YOUR DCOF DOCUMENTATION Please see pages 12 & 13 for guidelines to submit DCOF and supporting documentation. Access the sponsor Statement of Support template.

HUMAN BIOLOGY PREREQUISITE MPH students are required to satisfy a human biology prerequisite by completing a college-level human biology course with a grade of “B” or better. Additional details are provided on Admitted Student Resources. CONSIDER TAKING PROFICIENCY EXAMS Incoming MPH students may choose to take proficiency exams for the following courses: • Research Methods • Biostatistics Additional information and registration instructions are available on Admitted Student Resources.

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Dual-Degree Students: Tuition & DCOF Guidance Dual-degree students (those pursuing an MSW/MPH, MSW/MSP or MPH/MSP) will need to submit a DCOF for a three-year program. Students will need to demonstrate that they have funding for their first year, and then project funding for their second and third years of the program.

DUAL DEGREE

DCOF TO SUBMIT

REFERENCE PAGE

MSW/MPH

MSW - Three Year Program

pages 14 & 15

MSW/MSP

MSW- Three Year Program

pages 14 & 15

MPH/MSP

MPH- Three Year Program

pages 16 & 17

CONFIRMING INTENT TO ENROLL AS A DUAL-DEGREE STUDENT Dual-degree students must confirm intent to enroll to both programs into which they’ve been admitted (e.g. MSW and MPH), but only need to pay one non-refundable $200 tuition deposit.

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MSP Global Partner Program Students: Tuition & DCOF Guidance To be issued an I-20, MSP Global Partner Program students must submit a DCOF that documents financial support for the following tuition and living expenses: UNIVERSITY CHARGES

AMOUNT (USD)

MSP Tuition, 2021-2022 Academic Year

$44,590

Student Health Insurance & Wellness Fee

$2,480

Student Activity Fee

$100

LIVING EXPENSES* Estimated cost for room, board, books, supplies, summer expenses and personal expenses

Total amount MSP DCOF must document: (if no dependents**)

$24,400

$71,570

*Amounts listed for living expenses are estimates based on university averages; actual expenses may vary. **DCOF must also demonstrate funds for dependents. Add $9,000 for first dependent. Add $5,000 for each additional dependent.

In addition, all graduate student housing at Washington University is off campus. When you arrive in St. Louis, you should be prepared with sufficient funds to pay for rental deposits, utility deposits and household necessities, such as furniture. Figures below indicate an approximate range for these monthly expenses:

INITIAL EXPENSES First month’s rent and rental/safety deposits Utility and phone deposits Household furnishings and necessities

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AMOUNT (USD) $900-$2,400 $170-$340 $350-$1850


ADDITIONAL NEXT STEPS FOR INTERNATIONAL MSP GLOBAL PARTNER PROGRAM ADMITTED STUDENTS: DCOF SUBMISSION As listed on page 22, MSP students should submit a DCOF that documents funding for $71,570. LINKS TO DCOF FORMS BY MSP PROGRAM MSP Program: DCOF form

CONSIDER TAKING PROFICIENCY EXAMS Incoming MSP students may choose to take proficiency exams for the following courses: • Biostatistics Additional information and registration instructions are available on Admitted Student Resources.

GUIDELINES FOR YOUR DCOF DOCUMENTATION Please see pages 12 & 13 for guidelines to submit DCOF and supporting documentation. Access the sponsor Statement of Support template.

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Frequently Asked Questions for International Students On the next four pages, you will find answers to common questions for international students: CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE BROWN SCHOOL: Who can I reach out to with questions?

Are there any university housing options?

The Brown School Office of Admissions & Recruitment is available to answer your questions. You can email us at brownadmissions@wustl.edu. You can contact the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at oiss@wustl.edu.

WashU offers some off-campus rental properties through a service called Quadrangle. Graduate students and their partners, spouses and dependent children are able to live in Quadrangle properties. Apartment Referral Service provides information and resources to help connect students with housing options.

Are there online forums where I can connect with other incoming students?

How often will I pay rent and utilities?

Yes, you can join the Facebook group Brown School Admitted Students. Students in China can connect over WeChat with the Brown’s School manager of global programs, Linyun Fu by scanning this QR code.

Most likely, you will be expected to pay rent every month. Some landlords or rental properties may require that you send a check while others may allow you to pay from a credit or debit card in an online portal. Most utilities are paid online on a monthly basis.

HOUSING:

RESEARCH & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Where should I live?

How can I find a part-time job?

All WashU grad students live off-campus. Many find it convenient to live in neighborhoods close to campus, which can allow for an easier commute on public transit systems. Our campus is served by bus and light-rail. Neighborhoods closest to campus are named Clayton, DeMun, Skinker-Debaliviere, the Loop South and North of the Loop. The Central West End (home to Washington University’s Medical Campus) is another popular neighborhood for students. Learn more on Admitted Student Resources.

During the school year, international students are able to work up to 20 hours a week at on-campus jobs. These positions range from research assistantships to administrative support in campus offices. Over the summer, incoming students will have access to the Brown School’s online job portal, called Symplicity. During Orientation, a part-time job fair will introduce you to a variety of campus employment opportunities.

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STUDENT LIFE:

TRANSPORTATION:

What types of student groups are there? Are there any for international students?

How will I get around St. Louis?

The Brown School has a number of student groups you may join. Some groups focus on specific practice areas (such as global health, education, and women in leadership) while others provide spaces for affinity groups (such as the International Student Association, Black Student Union, Mi Gente and Sexuality and Gender Alliance).

In late-summer, incoming students can sign-up for a U-Pass. The pass offers unlimited and free rides on the St. Louis Metro transit system, including light-rail and bus. Students may choose to purchase a bike or rent a bike from WashU’s rental service, Bear Bikes. You may also choose to apply for a Missouri Drivers License in order to drive or buy a car.

Across the broader Washington University campus, you’ll find even more graduate student groups. Current student groups include the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Korean Graduate Student Association, Latino Graduate Student Alliance, Umang, Taiwanese Graduate Student Association and Saudi Student Association.

What is the overnight campus shuttle service? From 7:00 pm to 4:00 am, a shuttle service brings students from campus directly to their homes in select nearby neighborhoods. To learn more, visit the Campus2Home website.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AT THE BROWN SCHOOL? You may like to read “The Graduate Experience: An Introduction for International Students”

or watch the “Virtual Information Session: International Student Experience.”

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Frequently Asked Questions, continued: ARRIVING IN ST. LOUIS: Can I arrive before my I-20 start date?

What about dental and vision insurance?

You may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days in advance of the I-20 start date. We recommend all students, and especially MSW advanced standing students, arrive as early as possible.

Students in the health insurance policy are eligible to purchase vision and dental insurance at an additional cost. These services are expensive in the U.S. We advise you have this work completed prior to leaving your country.

What is the English language exam I will take? Upon your arrival to campus, all new international students are required to take an in-house English language proficiency exam. This exam is different than the TOEFL or IELTS you may have submitted for admission. The exam will include written, listening and speaking parts. Depending on your exam score, you may be required to enroll in a course to advance your English language skills for academic and professional communication. You will not be required to pay tuition for this course, and credits earned in the course do not apply toward the completion of your graduate degree. STUDENT HEALTH CARE & HEALTH INSURANCE: The cost of medical treatment and hospitalization in the U.S. is extremely high. Thus, Washington University has a mandatory student health insurance program. What is the coverage period? Students are automatically billed the insurance in the fall semester. Your enrollment into the insurance is also automatic upon completing your registration for the first semester of each academic year. Coverage runs from August 1 to January 11, and January 12 to July 31. Spouses and dependents are strongly urged to purchase major medical insurance due to the high cost of medical treatment.

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What types of health care providers are there? • For basic care, call a doctor’s office to schedule an appointment. There may be a wait for new patients. You should bring your translated medical records with you. • Urgent care facilities have extended hours and are best utilized for minor illnesses or injuries, or when you can’t wait for an appointment at the doctor’s office. • For emergencies, call 911 or go to a hospital’s emergency room. How can I make sure I maintain my F-1 student status? A student is considered to be maintaining status if he/she (please be advised this is not an exhaustive list): • is a full-time student, • is making normal progress toward completing his/her course of study, • has not engaged in unauthorized employment or activity and • is not deportable on any grounds. • Report your address within ten days of moving, • Keep your documents valid, • Enroll full-time every fall and spring, • Work only with permission, as per the specific requirements for on campus employment, CPT, or OPT.


HEALTH HISTORY FORM & IMMUNIZATIONS: New students are required by Washington University’s student health service, Habif Health & Wellness Center, to complete a medical history form. What medical forms do I have to complete? • Medical/health history • Immunizations • Meningitis information All health history, immunization and meningitis information must be submitted via the Student Health Services Student Portal with your WUSTL Key login (additional information will be provided in June). This information does not need to be completed by a doctor. What vaccinations are required? Currently required vaccinations include measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). You should also have a tuberculin skin test. You may complete these vaccinations after you arrive in the U.S. NOTE: We will share details regarding COVID-19 vaccination policies and protocols as we have more information. Additional information about Student Health Insurance is available on the OISS website. What medical and mental health resources exist on campus? Located on campus, the Habif Health & Wellness center offers a range of medical checkups and mental health services. Learn more about their services on the Habif Health and Wellness website.

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A GUIDE to ST. LOUIS NEIGHBORHOODS

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St. Louis is often referred to as a city of neighborhoods—a city of 79 neighborhoods to be exact. Each district has a proud and distinct set of traditions: annual events and festivals, parks, farmers markets, dining destinations and spaces where the community gathers.

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1 THE LOOP DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 1 mile (20 min walk) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 10 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: < 10 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: A stalwart of St. Louis cultural destinations, the Delmar Loop has been ranked one of the 10 Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association. Live here for the convenient commute to campus—not to forget the nightlife, buskers, restaurants and coffee shops, movie theatre, music venues and bookstores that make this street a St. Louis icon.

2 SKINKER DEBALIVIERE DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 1 mile (20 min walk) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: < 10 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 5 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: Largely residential, this tree-lined district of historic brick buildings is vintage St. Louis. On a direct bus line to campus, Skinker DeBaliviere offers a quick commute to the Brown School. Forest Park is a short walk away, giving you direct access to a host of free museums, a six-mile bike or jogging loop, and signature outdoor events.

3 CENTRAL WEST END DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 3 miles (60 min walk) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 20 - 30 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 10 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: The Central West End is a bustling hub of residential spaces, restaurants, movie theaters, shops, museums and galleries. This neighborhood is home to Washington University’s School of Medicine and its many research opportunities for Brown School students. Live here for the direct line of public transit to campus, as well as the capacity to have practical amenities and rich cultural opportunities in one walkable grid.

4 FOREST PARK SOUTHEAST/THE GROVE DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 4 miles (20 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 30 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 10 - 15 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: The Grove is an energetic neighborhood of breweries, comedy clubs, yoga studios, cabarets, coffee, music venues, and record shops. The Grove is the hub for St. Louis Pride Fest and celebrations throughout the year. From here, an easy bike ride through Forest Park offers a superlatively scenic route to campus.

5 DOWNTOWN DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 8 miles (50 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 30 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 15 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: For those who wish to live among a skyline (and the world’s most famous arch), downtown living places you in the city’s business and financial districts. It also positions you a short walk away from the magnificent St. Louis Public Library, City Garden and, if you’re one for sports, the homes of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.

6 TOWER GROVE EAST DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 8 miles (35 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 45 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 20 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: This residential district precisely identifies as “rich in community spirit and architectural splendor.” Home to one of few remaining St. Louis water towers, visitors flock to Tower Grove East on full moons to climb to the top for a small ticket fee. From here, the route to Tower Grove Park or renowned international dining hub on South Grand is walkable.

7 TOWER GROVE SOUTH DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 7 miles (35 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 45-60 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 20 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: Beautiful brick, an engaged neighborhood association, and streets lined with magnolia trees are hallmarks of this neighborhood. Live here for the access to Tower Grove Park or the enviable proximity to South Grand’s dining district and Cherokee Street--a beacon for the St. Louis arts community.

8 SHAW DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 6 miles (30 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 35-50 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 15-20 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: Residential brick buildings, treelined streets, and a stroll away from Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Students, young families and those that have lived in the neighborhood for generations make their home in this affordably priced community where neighborhood pride runs high. From April to October, make the weekend trek to Tower Grove Farmers’ Market part of your routine.

9 SOUTHWEST GARDENS DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 5 miles (30 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 40-60 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: approx 15-20 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: Next door to the Botanical Garden and local-haunt World’s Fair Donuts, this charming residential neighborhood offers affordably priced studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments ideal for graduate students. A quick walk to Tower Grove Park, and a stone’s throw from the famous Italian fare served on the St. Louis Hill.

10 CLAYTON-TAMM/DOGTOWN DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: approx 2 miles (10 min bike ride) COMMUTE TIME - PUBLIC TRANSIT: approx 20-30 minutes COMMUTE TIME - CAR: < 10 minutes A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNOPSIS: Known across St. Louis for its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Dogtown is largely residential with a handful of restaurants and pubs. Within walking distance are all the free outdoor and cultural amenities of Forest Park and the iconic Hi-Pointe theater. A convenient commute to campus is an additional perk of this bungalow-lined neighborhood.


Academic Calendar The two-year academic calendar is designed to provide a general overview of key dates, holidays and breaks for Brown School students. Your last day of classes may vary according to your unique exam schedule, but should not extend past dates provided by this calendar.

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Monday, August 30

First Day of Fall Classes

Monday, August 29

Monday, September 6

Labor Day (No Classes)

Monday, September 5

Saturday, October 9

Fall Break Begins

Saturday, October 8

Tuesday, October 12

Fall Break Ends

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, November 24

Thanksgiving Break Begins

Wednesday, November 23

Sunday, November 28

Thanksgiving Break Ends

Sunday, November 27

Wednesday, December 15

Last Day of Fall Classes

Wednesday, December 14

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Tuesday, January 18

First Day of Spring Classes

Tuesday, January 17

Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King Day (No Classes)

Monday, January 16

Sunday, March 13

Spring Break Begins

Sunday, March 12

Saturday, March 19

Spring Break Ends

Saturday, March 18

Thursday, May 12

Last Day of Spring Classes

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 20

Commencement

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Monday, May 23

First Day of Summer Classes*

Monday, May 22

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day (No Classes)

Monday, May 29

Monday, July 4

Independence Day (No Classes)

Tuesday, July 4

Thursday, August 18

Last Day of Summer Classes

Thursday, August 17 * Enrolling in summer coursework is optional.

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Washington University at a Glance With Highlights of the Brown School

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Strategic Priorities Washington University schools collaborate across disciplines and programs to shape the future of our university, our region and our world. Our work is guided by these strategic priorities: Diversity and Inclusion Innovation and Entrepreneurship Energy, Environment and Sustainability Global Engagement Advancing Human Health

OUR UNIVERSITY Washington University in St. Louis’ mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching and learning. We are among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society. FOUNDED:

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St. Louis, Missouri

MOTTO:

Per Veritatem Vis (Strength Through Truth)

ACADEMIC DIVISIONS Social Work, Public Health & Social Policy Brown School

Medicine School of Medicine

Art & Architecture Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Arts & Sciences College of Arts & Sciences The Graduate School University College

Law School of Law

Business Olin Business School

Engineering McKelvey School of Engineering

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STUDENTS Washington University students come from over 100 countries and all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Across undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, the university’s total full-time enrollment is approximately 15,396 students.

Approximately 600 students are enrolled in the Brown School, hailing from six continents and across the United States.

CAMPUSES Washington University’s campuses are located in the cultural center of St. Louis. Danforth Campus stretches over 169 acres and is at the heart of our university. The Danforth Campus serves as the academic home to the majority of undergraduate, graduate and professional schools and programs, including the Brown School.

Medical Campus extends over 17 city blocks and houses Washington University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals, clinics, patient care centers and research facilities. West Campus, North Campus and South Campus are hubs for administration, smaller libraries, and select athletic facilities. Tyson Research Center, located 25 miles southwest of the Danforth Campus, is a 2,000acre outdoor research and learning laboratory.


Diversity and Inclusion Washington University is laying a foundation for a community that supports and cultivates a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion. 113% increase in African American tenured/tenure track faculty on Danforth Campus since 2010 3 of 7 school deans are women, including the Brown School’s Dean Mary McKay Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creates collaborative partnerships across the campus and community to promote social change 4.5 of 5 stars on Campus Pride Index, measuring institutional commitment to LGBTQIA* Inclusion

RESEARCH Through innovative research, Washington University is committed to creating new knowledge necessary to reach a bright and sustainable future. $791 million total research support in fiscal year 2019 $574.1 million federal research support in fiscal year 2019 More than 3,000 research projects underway each year 34 | International Student Admit Packet

Brown School is the home to over a dozen research centers, where faculty and students collaborate on trandisciplinary research that advances social, racial, economic and health equity.

The university’s research focus areas are: medical research environmental and energy research innovation and entrepreneurial research plant science research


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Washington University is committed to providing the infrastructure, education programs and research to sustain the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and faculty. In 2019, Princeton Review ranked WashU as #7 in the nation for student entrepreneurs. Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides young entrepreneurs with professional guidance, mentorship and funding to transform their ideas into ventures.

The Center for Experiential Learning creates meaningful applied learning opportunities through business and nonprofit consulting. Students are first paired with organizations, then work in a guided process to propose actionable, sustainable recommendations for the businesses.

Through classes and research opportunities, Brown School students explore how entrepreneurship and innovation drive social change. Students may choose to pursue a concentration or specialization offering to focus their coursework and practicum on these practice areas.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT We are Washington University in St. Louis, and we are Washington University for St. Louis. The university is committed to utilizing its knowledge, resources and research to make the city of St. Louis a place where everyone can prosper. Institute for School Partnership works to close the education gap for tens of thousands of St. Louis children in under-resourced schools. Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement catalyzes civic engagement among students, staff, faculty and community members. Gephardt hosts, programming and service opportunities designed to foster leadership in civic life.

The Brown School is actively engaged in being a strong and responsible advocate for families, communities and organizations in St. Louis. Anchoring our commitment to St. Louis are strong community partnerships and research initiatives designed to support St. Louis’ transformation to an equitable city.

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CAMPUS CONNECTIONS The local community joins us on campus for signature programs and events. Edison Theatre presents professional and student performing artists. Tickets to most shows are free for students. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum exhibits work by leading contemporary artists and hosts thoughtful programming around art and social change. Assembly Series lectures connect the community to contemporary thought leaders. University Library System is comprised of 12 libraries offering comprehensive research support, extensive collections and expert librarians. Brown School students benefit from an in-house library focused on social work, public health and social policy.

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Energy, Environment and Sustainability We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices on campus. Since 1990, square footage has doubled while overall energy use decreased 4% 22 LEED Certified buildings 390,000 plastic water bottles eliminated annually 17% of food is locally grown, processed or certified by a third party Dedicated resources for increasing alternative transportation and sustainable commuting

The Brown School’s newest building, Hillman Hall, has received the highest level of LEED Platinum Certification, recognizing a construction and design that espouse environmental health and sustainability.


Global Engagement Through a global network of partner universities and organizations, we are engaged in education and research initiatives that have a tangible impact on our planet. McDonnell International Scholars Academy partners with 35 research universities across the world that share WashU’s commitment to excellence in research and to international collaboration. International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability collaborates with regional and international partners across disciplines to foster targeted research on green practices.

Brown School students and faculty complete global research through affiliated centers, coursework, and international-based practica.

Advancing Human Health With an interdisciplinary approach, WashU is addressing complex health issues facing the region and the world. Washington University Medical Center is composed of: Washington University School of Medicine Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis Children’s Hospital Institute for Public Health (IPH) connects all schools of Washington University, and acts as a catalyst to tackle regional and global health challenges. It bridges disciplines to stimulate innovation and improve population health by advancing research, practice, training, education, community partnerships and public policy.

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