Bachelor of Science in International Studies
International Studies explores economic, political, social and cultural issues. If you are interested in achieving a greater understanding of the world and the diversity of its cultures - useful in business, law, teaching, and governmental careers - the International Studies undergraduate degree is for you.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Schedule an Appointment
We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.
Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
A minimum of 42 units, plus satisfaction of the foreign language requirements, are required for this program. All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in International Studies include:
May be substituted with a core course when unavailable. Each will be offered every other year.
- U.S. Perspectives on International Studies (U43 200). May be substituted with a Category B course when unavailable.
- World Perspectives on International Studies (U43 205). May be substituted with a Category A course when unavailable.
Category A: 3 units
- Western Civilization I (U16 101)
- Western Civilization II (U16 102)
- World Literature (U32 225)
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (U69 160)
Category B: 3 units
- International Politics (U25 103)
- Introduction to International Business (U44 240)
- International Management: Leadership Across Cultures (U44 330)
Choose one of the following concentrations:
The Concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity requires 30 units of authorized course work from at least three different academic departments or programs in the humanities, social sciences, or others with approval. At least 18 units must be in advanced course work at the 300- or 400-level, including, with authorization, a maximum of two graduate courses in the University College Master's Program in International Affairs. All courses require authorization by the International Studies coordinator in University College.
The Concentration in International Political Economy and Business requires 30 units of authorized course work from at least three different academic departments or programs in the social sciences, humanities, business, or others with approval. At least 18 units must be in advanced course work at the 300- or 400-level, including, with authorization, a maximum of two graduate courses in the University College Master's Program in International Affairs. All courses require authorization by the International Studies coordinator in University College.
All students who major in International Studies must satisfy a foreign language requirement, defined as proficiency through four semesters of study.
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- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
Note: University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in International Studies. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- SPRING 2021: DEC. 30, 2020
- SUMMER 2021: APRIL 15, 2021
- FALL 2021: JULY 15, 2021
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
All international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission.
For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.
Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.