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WelcomeNew Student Orientation 

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. All new undergraduate students are required to complete Husky Orientation Week (HOW) in addition to New International Student Orientation.

International graduate students will attend a program-specific orientation and New International 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 for Autumn 2018, please register for Transfer Orientation 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. Registration for Autumn 2018 HOW opens in May 2018. Both freshman and transfer international students are required to attend New International Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 25 in addition to HOW.

Separate from the HOW, ISSS has prepared a New International Student Online Information Session. This session covers the following topics: Introduction to the ISSS Office, F-1 Student Regulations, International Student Health Insurance, U.S. culture, and other important topics specific to International Students. Completion of this session is required before 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 quarter.  

Graduate Students

If you are a new graduate student, please attend New International Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 25, in addition to your department-specific orientation program (see below).

  • MA of Accounting (MAcc): Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • MA of Community Planning: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • MS in Geospatial Technologies: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • MS of Computer Science & Systems (MSCSS): Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3:30 - 5:40 p.m.
  • MS of Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL): September 15, 2018

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)

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 2018-2019 Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar's website.


UWT International Charge

All incoming international students will see a one time non-refundable $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