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Welcome to the International Student & Scholar Services office at the University of Washington Tacoma! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office if you have any questions!

Contact Information


Phone: 253-692-4762

International Student & Scholar Services
University of Washington Tacoma
Campus Box 358401
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

Garretson Woodruff and Pratt (GWP) 102  

Office Hours:
Front desk is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). An appointment is required to meet with an advisor. We are closed on weekends and University-recognized holidays. 

Appointment with advisors can be scheduled online!


International Student Advisors


Akane Yamaguchi

Akane Yamaguchi

Director, International Student and Scholar Advisor
Office: GWP 102

Please schedule an appointment with Akane by visiting our appointment scheduling page!

Akane has been at UW Tacoma since October 2014. Despite the fact she grew up in a small coastal town of Japan, thanks to her parents who were involved in Sister Cities Programs, she was exposed to value of cross-cultural exchanges and English language at a young age. After completing high school in her hometown, she moved to Bellingham, WA as an International Student. She attend Whatcom Community College and attained her A.A degree in Business Administration. Then she transferred to Western Washington University and earned B.A in Business Administration - Marketing, Minor in TESOL and M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. After completing her master's degree, she worked at various universities and colleges in Washington state. Akane is passionate about working with international students and connecting them with opportunities and resources to make the most of their time at UW Tacoma and beyond.

Amber Hallberg

Amber Hallberg

International Student Advisor
Phone: 253-692-4498
Office: GWP 102

Please schedule an appointment with Amber by visiting our appointment scheduling page.

Amber came to UW Tacoma in the spring of 2017 with over 5 years of professional experience in higher education at University of North Texas where she worked in human resources and as an International Student Services Coordinator for the Intensive English Language Institute.  She has studied abroad in Morocco, Italy, and France, and she is currently studying Arabic. Amber earned her M.A. in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. She earned a B.A. in English from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and she is originally from Minnesota. Amber is passionate about working with international students and helping them engage with the UW Tacoma community.


In Case of Emergency

Campus Safety & Security operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all around the year! The office is located in Dougan 180. Store their phone number on your cell phone: 253-692-4416.

Please dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies on campus that require police/fire/medical assistance. Campus Safety & Security staff will also be notified to respond.