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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 and other offices on campus to provide a comprehensive orientation to all international students. Please read below for details on the requirements for your situation. 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 complete the following orientation requirements:

1. Register for and attend Husky Orientation Week (HOW) in-person session, which provided by New Student and Family Programs. During this mandatory session, you will meet other new students, learn about university resources, and receive your Husky ID card.

  • Visit the New Student Orientation page. You will be able to register for HOW after you pay 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.
  • If you have confirmed that you will live in Court 17, you should plan to attend the HOW on September 21.

2. Complete the online F-1 Student Visa and Health Insurance Info Session module. The following topics will be covered in this mandatory module:

  • Introduction to ISSS and Useful On-Campus Resources
  • F-1 Student Visa Maintenance and Benefits
  • International Student Health Insurance Plan

3. Attend New International Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 25. The following topics will be covered in the mandatory in-person session:

  • Understanding U.S. Culture
  • Navigating Academic Culture at a U.S. University and Preparing for Work After Graduating
  • Visit to the Registrar’s Office to get Husky Card 
  • Network with Other New International Students!
  • Campus Tour (optional)

Completion of all of these sessions is required before the start of the quarter. Not completing all sessions 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 complete the following orientation requirements:

1. Complete the online F-1 Student Visa and Health Insurance Info Session module. The following topics will be covered in this mandatory module:

  • Introduction to ISSS and Useful On-Campus Resources
  • F-1 Student Visa Maintenance and Benefits
  • International Student Health Insurance Plan

2. Attend New International Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 25. The following topics will be covered in the mandatory in-person session:

  • Understanding U.S. Culture
  • Navigating Academic Culture at a U.S. University and Preparing for Work After Graduating
  • Visit to the Registrar’s Office to get Husky Card 
  • Network with Other New International Students!
  • Campus Tour (optional)

Completion of these two sessions is required before the start of the quarter. Not completing both sessions will result in the ISSS office placing a registration hold on your account for the following quarter.  

3. Attend 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

4. Review the University of Washington Graduate Programs online module. This recommended session includes valuable information on how to be a successful graduate student, such as the following:

  • Working with faculty and 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.