Orientation Programs for New International Students

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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.

For 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 virtual orientation sessions for freshman students or transfer students, which is provided by New Student and Family Programs. During a session, you will meet other new students, and learn about university resources.

  • Freshman students: Winter 2021 orientation date to be announced.

  • Transfer students:  Winter 2021 orientation date to be announced.

Note*: You won’t be able to register an orientation session until you pay your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF). If interested, you can learn about NSEOF from here.

2. Review the online Microsoft One Note "New International Student Info Session" Notebook and complete the online Microsoft Quizzes. Students will have access by Wednesday, December 30. The following topics will be covered in this mandatory module:

  • F-1 Student Visa Status

    • Work Authorization

    • Safety and Emergency Information

  • Healthcare in the U.S.

    • International Student Health Insurance Plan

    • Student Health Services

    • Immunization Requirement

  • Introduction to ISSS and Useful On-Campus Resources

  • US Academic Culture

    • Academic Integrity

    • Preparing for Your Professional

  • US Culture

    • What is Culture

    • Cultural Dimensions

    • What is Culture Shock

    • Social Identities

Note*: An email will be sent to your UW email about access to the online Microsoft OneNote and Quizzes. Once you have access to these, you can access it via the Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Teams desktop applications. Questions about this? Email uwtiss@uw.edu

3. Attend Virtual New International Student Orientation on Monday, January 4th, 2021 15:00-17:00 in Pacific Standard Time (PST). The following topics will be covered in this session:

  • Getting to Know Other New International Students

  • Understanding U.S. Culture

  • UW Tacoma Campus Resources

  • Academic Culture at a U.S. University

  • Tips to Be a Successful Student at UW Tacoma

    • Managing Email Subscriptions and Organizing Emails and Folders

    • How to Deal with Online Courses

For Graduate (Master's) Students

If you are a new graduate (Master's degree) student, please:

  1. Register and attend your departmental orientation

  2. Review the Microsoft OneNote Notebook "New International Student Info Session" and Complete the Microsoft Quizzes.

  3. Attend Virtual New International Student Orientation on Monday, January 4th, 2021 15:00-17:00 in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Important Dates and Information

Please review important dates by accessing 2020-2021 Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar's website.​