International Student Checklist

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Confirm your enrollment

Connect with International Student and Scholar Services

Create your UW Tacoma Profile

  • Create your UW NetID. Your UW NetID is required.
  • Set up your UW Email. After creating your UW NetID, you'll be prompted to create a UW email inbox. Official messages from the University are sent only to your UW email address.

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Apply for Housing

Submit Health Requirements

Obtain UW Tacoma I-20

  • To learn about how to obtain your UW Tacoma I-20, please visit the I-20 information page.

Obtain Visa

Verify Health Insurance Coverage

  • Washington State law requires that international students maintain adequate health insurance while attending the University of Washington.
  • All students will automatically be enrolled for the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan. To learn more, please visit the International Student Health Insurance page.

Complete Placement Testing

  • To study math or Spanish at UW Tacoma, you are often required to take a placement test. For information about placement tests, click here.
  • Need to know if you need to take a placement test? Contact University Academic Advising at or (253) 692-4857.

Register for Classes

Start Packing

Arrange Transportation to the US

Complete your Transition Course

  • Transition courses are online courses that will help you get to know campus and the resources you will use at UW Tacoma.
  • Transition courses will be available one month before your orientation program. You will receive an email invitation to the course in your UW email.
  • Visit this page for more information about Transition courses.

Attend Orientation Programs