International Student To-Do List

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Open NetID and Check UW Tacoma Email Address

Instruction on how to set up NetID and UW Email account are available here. University email communications will only be sent to their University of Washington email address. Faculty and staff are not obligated to respond to students using non-UW email accounts. Official UW Tacoma email address should be used to correspond with UW Tacoma staff and faculty at all times. To learn more about this email policy, please read here. If you have a trouble logging into google, you can use office 365 to access your email.  To do this, please go to, then click on “Tools” and then click on “UW Office 365 Email”.

Pay New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee  OR Enrollment Confirmation Deposit

Before you can register for classes or obtain your I-20, you must confirm your enrollment by accessing Enrollment Confirmation System and make an online payment. 

Undergraduate students pay the $159 New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF)

Graduate students pay the $250 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit by logging into their online application. 

If you have additional questions or have trouble making a payment, please visit the UW Student Systems Help Center page.  

Arrange Housing

Please see our housing page for detailed information on housing options. If you are planning to live in on-campus housing, be sure to submit your housing application (an easy on-line form) and deposit as soon as possible to make sure you get a spot.

Turn in Measles Form

There is an Immunization Requirement for all new students. New students (except nursing students) must provide proof of measles (rubella) immunity by submitting a Measles Immunity Verification form. Your medical record must show you have had measles or *two* measles immunization shots. If it is not in English, you can translate it yourself. You can get a blood test done to verity your immunity toward measles (titer) OR receive immunization shots at Franciscan Prompt Care at St. Joseph after you register for classes. To learn more, please visit Student Health Services' website. Not meeting this requirement will affect your 2nd quarter registration but NOT your 1st quarter registration.   

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

To learn more about obtaining visa, please visit Visa Information page.

Register for Classes

Undergraduate students who have declared a major should contact academic advisor of specific majors. If you are freshmen or have not declared an academic major, please review New Student Academic Advising page by the Academic Advising Center. Graduate students should contact graduate program advisors of their specific programs. If you have a difficult time setting up an appointment with your academic advisor due to high volume, consider sending them an email. 

Consider Your Daily Commute to Campus

Will you be living off-campus? How do you plan to get to campus? Parking spaces on campus are limited and comes with a high cost. Consider U-PASS ($45/quarter) and take a public transportation to campus! To learn more about  on or off campus parking options, please visit this page

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.

Start Packing

To learn more, please visit our What to Bring page.

Arrange Transportation to UW Tacoma from the Sea-Tac Airport

Please note that initial F-1 Students are not permitted to seek admission to US no more than 30 days before program start date printed on their I-20. 

Students arriving by air should fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). UW Tacoma does not provide airport pickup, so plan ahead for your airport transfer transportation. There are many options for transportation from the airport:

Taxi: Taxis are always available at the airport and a typical taxi fare from Sea-Tac airport to downtown Tacoma should be around $70 (USD). In addition, you will need to tip your driver for at least 10% of the charge. 

Uber/Lyft: You can call an Uber or Lyft on their app and there is a dedicated area for shared drive services pick-up. The cost is usually around $50 one way.

Capital Aeroporter: UW Tacoma student discount is $41 one way and $77 round trip for shared van service.

Shuttle Express: Around $60 (USD) for one-way shared van service.

Public Bus: While the bus is much less expensive, it may be stressful with lots of luggage, so we don’t recommend this option for your first arrival. Bus 574 from Sea-Tac airport takes you to the Tacoma Dome Station, about 5 minutes from campus. Free transfer to an inner-city light rail brings you to campus. Check bus schedules and fees at:

Register and Attend the New Student Orientation Program

All new international students must attend orientation programs. Please visit the Orientation for International Students page to learn more about orientation programs and to register.

All international students must also complete the F-1 Student Visa and Health Insurance Info Session.


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