FAQs | Webster University




What are the dates of the summit?

May 27-31, 2019
Your travel will be arranged by your home campus. You should plan to arrive by May 26. Students may choose to enjoy a day in St. Louis following the Summit on June 1, and depart on June 2. 

Where is the Global Student Leadership Summit being held?

The sessions at the 2019 Summit will be held on the Webster Main Campus in St. Louis, MO.

When is the application deadline?

The last day for students to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, January 18th, 2019. No late applications will be considered. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be matriculated Webster sophomores/second year, junior/third year students, or first-year graduate students, in good academic standing and good judicial standing.  Exceptional freshmen may be considered on a case by case basis.  Eligible students must plan to be enrolled at their home campus for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applicants must be enrolled at one of the following campuses who have committed to sending students to the Summit:

  • Webster main campus in Webster Groves
  • Webster Thailand
  • Webster Leiden
  • Webster Geneva
  • Webster Ghana
  • Webster Vienna 

Preference may be given to students studying abroad in St. Louis in Spring 2019 and able to stay in St. Louis until the dates of the GSLS, or studying abroad in St. Louis in Summer 2019.


Can I still apply even if I will be at a study abroad site in the Spring or Summer?

Yes, this is fine. If a participant will be at a study abroad site in the summer, the Summit committee will work with the student to arrange for travel that makes the most sense for arriving at the Summit and returning to a study abroad site. Travel costs cannot exceed the cost of travel from the participant’s home campus to St. Louis. If travel times and arrangements interfere with study abroad courses, it is the participant's responsibility to contact the site director to make appropriate arrangements and to make up any missed work. 

When will I find out if I’ve been selected?

We will notify all students of the status of their application on February 11, 2019, and accepted participants have until February 18th to confirm. Accepted students who do not confirm their participation by the deadline will not be approved for the program. 

What is the agenda for the Summit?

We are working on the agenda. You can review more information on the 2015 and 2017 Summit to get an idea of the types of programs that may be offered.


Where will participants stay?

Lodging will be at the Webster University on-campus housing.  Meeting locations will be in academic and event spaces throughout the main campus.

Do I need a passport to travel to St. Louis? Do I need a visa?

Yes, you need a passport, and it must be valid for at least six months after the dates of your travel for the Summit. Depending on your nation of citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to travel to St. Louis. You should check with the student life staff at your home campus to determine if a visa is necessary. 

What costs are covered by the Summit?

Each participating Webster campus will cover the cost of participants’ travel, meals, lodging, and program fees. Participants should plan to budget for spending money for any personal shopping, snacks, or activities outside of those organized by the University. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their transportation to and from their local airport. 

Does participation in the Summit automatically excuse me from missed classes or other academic conflicts?

No, it is not an automatic excuse. It is up to the participant to contact faculty members to request any academic accommodations related to participation in the Summit, and to work with professors to make up missed work if possible. We will be happy to provide documentation of your participation to your professors.