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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 (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 between September 16-20, 2019, 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.

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 September 23, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, in Jane Russell Commons. 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.  

Graduate (Master's) Students

If you are a new graduate student who will begin a Master's program, please complete the following orientation requirements:

1. 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

2. Attend New International Student Orientation on September 23, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, in Jane Russell Commons. 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 the two sessions listed above 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 24, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, GWP 320
  • MA of Community Planning: Monday, September 23 or Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 5:00 - 9:00 pm, DOU 280
  • MS in Geospatial Technologies: Monday, September 23 or Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 5:00 - 9:00 pm, DOU 280
  • MS of Computer Science & Systems (MSCSS): Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 3:30 - 5:40 p.m.
  • MS of Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL): September 14, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 2019-2020 Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar's website.