New 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 (Bachelor's) Students
If you are a new undergraduate (Bachelor's degree) student who is transferring from another college/university or attending college for the first time, please complete all of the following orientation requirements:
1. Register for and attend one of the Husky Orientation Week (HOW) in-person sessions on Tuesday, March 24, which is 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 (first time in college) 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.
2. Complete the online Launch (International Student Info Session) module. Students will have access to the course in Canvas after they have paid their NSEOF fee and requested their I-20s. The following topics will be covered in this mandatory module:
- F-1 Student Visa Requirements
- Work Authorization
- Safety and Emergency Information
- Healthcare in the U.S.
- International Student Health Insurance Plan
- Introduction to ISSS and Useful On-Campus Resources
3. Attend New International Student Orientation on Monday, March 23, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, in Garretson Woodruff Pratt (GWP) Room 212. The following topics will be covered in the mandatory in-person session:
- Meet other new international students
- Understanding U.S. Culture
- Navigating Academic Culture at a U.S. University
- Preparing for Work After Graduating
- Visit to the Registrar’s Office to get Husky Card
- Campus Tour (optional)
Completion of all of the sessions listed above 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.