Orientation for International Students

WelcomeNew Student Orientation Autumn 2017

Congratulations on your decision to attend UW Tacoma! You made a great choice!

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) collaborates with New Student and Family Programs to offer comprehensive orientation programs for international undergraduate students.

International graduate students will attend a program-specific orientation and New International Graduate Student Orientation session hosted by ISSS staff. 

During the months prior to the first day of classes, ISSS will send New International Student Newsletters. Please check your UW Tacoma email account often! 

Undergraduate Students

If you are a new undergraduate student, please register for Husky Orientation Week (HOW) by visiting the New Student Orientation page after paying your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF).  Freshmen students must attend an in-person orientation. Transfer students have the option to do an online orientation, but we highly recommend attending the in-person orientation for all new students. ISSS offers an ISSS Meet & Greet session every day of HOW immediately after the orientation session. Registration for HOW opens in May 2017.

Separate from the HOW, ISSS has prepared a New International Student Online Information Session. This online information session covers the following topics: Introduction to the ISS Office, F-1 Student Regulations, International Student Health Insurance and other important topics specific to International Students. Completion of this online session is required before attending orientation and the start of the quarter. Not completing this online session will result in the ISSS office placing a registration hold on your account for the following winter quarter.  

Graduate Students

If you are a new graduate student, please attend your department-specific orientation program (see below). Please also attend the New International Graduate Student ISSS Information Session on Tuesday, September 26, in Birmingham Hay & Seed Building (BHS104). 

The following topics will be covered in the Info Session:

  • Introduction to ISSS and Useful On-Campus Resources
  • F-1 Student Visa Maintenance and Benefits
  • International Student Health Insurance Plan
  • Visit to the Registrar’s Office to get Husky Card 
  • Network with Other New Graduate Students!
  • Campus Tour (optional)

Graduate Student Departmental Orientations

  • Master of Science in Computer Science and Systems:  Wednesday, September 27, 4:15 p.m., Birmingham Hay & Seed Building (BHS), Room 106
  • Master of Accounting: Wednesday, September 27, 3:00 p.m., in Garretson Woodruff Pratt Building (GWP), Room 320
  • Master of Arts in Community Planning: Monday, September 25, 5:00 p.m., in UW Tacoma Pinkerton Building (PNK)
  • Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies: Monday, September 25, 5:00 p.m., in UW Tacoma Pinkerton Building (PNK)

New graduate students are encouraged to review the University of Washington Graduate Programs online module, which includes valuable information on how to be a successful graduate student. Some of the topics include working with faculty, course expectations, time and financial management, how to find help on campus, making friends, and places to explore in the Pacific Northwest. 


Important Dates and Information

Please review important dates by accessing 2017-2018 Academic Calender on the Office of the Registrar's website.


UWT International Charge

All incoming international students will see a one time $70 UW Tacoma International charge on their student account. This charge is to offset significant administrative costs of the on-boarding process for international students and for year-round programming. The charge will be listed as part of your first tuition payment.


Past Orientation Presentations

Introduction to International Student Services and International Student Health Insurance

Basic Info of F-1 Student Regulations and Benefits

Online Resources for International Student