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Fall 2016 Orientation

Welcome to the University of Washington! FIUTS International Student Orientation is designed to support new international students as they transition to the UW community and learn about U.S. customs and lifestyles, the Seattle area and more. It is also a great way to explore our city and make friends with other UW students.


If you missed an information session at Fall International Student Orientation, or you just want to revisit the presentation, some of the presenters have shared their resources.


Download the FIUTS app for Fall 2016 International Student Orientation!

Top 5 Things You Should Know About

FIUTS International Student Orientation:

1) New international students starting Autumn Quarter 2016 are advised to arrive on September 13th or 14th.

2) F-1 and J-1 visa regulations require you to report to campus after you arrive in Seattle. You must report your local address and submit your immigration documents to FIUTS Orientation Greeting Tables (September 13-16 and 19-20).

3) You do NOT need to register for FIUTS Orientation in advance - we are expecting you! All international students pay a quarterly fee that helps fund the orientation program, as well as many other support services across campus. Most orientation events are included; however, some social events require an additional fee and a ticket if you choose to participate. Tickets for these activities can be purchased at the FIUTS Greeting Tables.

4) If you are a freshman or transfer student, you should attend FIUTS International Student Orientation and participate in First Year Programs (FYP) Advising & Orientation.

5) FIUTS Orientation is not required, but it is very fun and informative, so you do not want to miss it! If you have a conflict and cannot attend part of FIUTS Orientation, just attend the parts that fit with your schedule.


Are you a freshman participating in the Early Fall Start (EFS) program? A special orientation for EFS international students will take place on August 22 and 23 -- more information is available here.

Are you a parent or family member that will be in town during orientation? Please see our FAQs for parent & family information.

New international students receive weekly emails starting approximately two months before their orientation program. Did you miss a FIUTS orientation pre-arrival e-mail? Check out a web version for new students entering the UW in Fall 2016.

Check out the video below to learn more about FIUTS events and orientation!

Fall 2016 Orientation Schedule

Keep checking back: Details will be added as they are determined

Tuesday, September 13

Greeting Table, Husky Union Building (HUB) Lobby, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Your first stop on campus! At the Greeting Table you can pick up your new international student arrival packet, talk to current UW students, report to ISS (required), and sign up for orientation activities. You should visit FIUTS Greeting Table on your first day on campus. Please bring the required immigration documents with you to report to ISS at Greeting Table.

Greeting Table on 9/13 is sponsored by Wells Fargo; visit them at their table anytime from 10AM-1PM in the HUB

Welcome Lounge, HUB Main Lounge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
After visiting Greeting Table, stop by the FIUTS Orientation Welcome Lounge. This is a great place to bring unanswered questions you have about FIUTS Orientation, the UW and Seattle. FIUTS facilitators and staff will be there, ready to welcome you and your family (parents and guardians from home, and/or your American hosts) to campus.

Survival Tips For International Huskies, HUB 214, 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Learn about some of the most important things to do in your first few days on campus, ask questions of FIUTS staff, and meet other new international students in this brief session.

Campus Tours, HUB Mural Lounge - 2nd Floor, 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14

Greeting TableHUB Lobby, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Welcome LoungeHUB Main Lounge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Survival Tips For International Huskies, HUB 214, 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Campus Tours, HUB Mural Lounge - 2nd Floor, 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Greeting Table on 9/14 is sponsored by Verizon Wireless; visit them at their tables anytime from 10AM-1PM in the HUB

Thursday, September 15

Greeting Table, HUB Lobby, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Greeting Table on 9/15 is sponsored by Wells Fargo & World Trade Center San Francisco; visit them at their tables anytime from 10AM-1PM in the HUB

Welcome LoungeHUB Main Lounge, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Survival Tips For International Huskies, HUB 214, 10:30 a.m.

Campus Tours, HUB Mural Lounge - 2nd Floor, 11:30 a.m.

Session for New Husky Parents, HUB 250, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Parents, guardians and family members of international students are invited to attend this session to ask questions about housing, visas, academics, social activities, local resources, and other topics. Enjoy beverages and pastries, meet representatives from UW leadership, connect with other new Husky parents from around the world, and learn more about how you can help your student to be successful. Campus Tours for parents and families will follow.
Panelists from FIUTS, ISS, HFS, UAA, Parent & Family Programs, and Alumni Relations

*For more information about parents and family members at Orientation, see our FAQs.

International Welcome Ceremony, Meany Hall, 1-2:30 p.m.
Your official welcome to the University of Washington! Meet other new international students and scholars and hear distinguished speakers from the UW, FIUTS and Seattle. Special guests, including Joanne Harrell, Microsoft's senior director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and UW Vice President for Student Life Denzil Suite, will provide a warm, enthusiastic welcome to our great university and community. Parents and family members are welcome to attend! Doors open at 12 p.m.

International Welcome Ceremony on 9/15 is sponsored by Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Verizon Wireless & SelfScore; visit them at their tables in the Meany Hall lobby anytime from 1-1:30PM

(de)Tour of the Ave, depart from International Welcome Ceremony, 2:30 p.m.
On your way to the FIUTS Community Barbecue (see below), FIUTS facilitators will lead you on a tour of University Way, called "the Ave," which is the main street where UW students hang out near campus. They'll show their favorite spots, including the University Book Store, where friendly book store staff will greet you with information and treats!

FIUTS Community Barbecue (BBQ), Gas Works Park, 4-8 p.m.
Meet current students, community members, and other new international students and scholars at an American-style BBQ. Enjoy a game of soccer or frisbee. Families welcome! All food, condiments, water and sports equipment provided by FIUTS. Bring cash or your Early Start U-PASS for riding the Metro bus. If you go on the (de)Tour of the Ave, FIUTS facilitators will lead you to Gas Works Park. Otherwise, meet at the George Washington statue to walk with a group or come on your own at 4 p.m.!

FIUTS Community BBQ on 9/15 is sponsored by Wells Fargo & Chinook Book; visit them at their tents at Gas Works Park any time from 4-8PM

Friday, September 16

Greeting TableHUB Lobby, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Welcome LoungeHUB Main Lounge - 2nd Floor, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Survival Tips For International Huskies, HUB 214, 10:30 a.m.

Campus Tours, HUB Mural Lounge - 2nd Floor, 11:30 a.m.

Graduate and Professional Student Day, HUB South Ballroom, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
All international graduate and professional students are invited to attend this session to learn about important visa regulations pertaining to graduate and professional students.

FIUTS Seattle Challenge, Depart from the HUB Patio, 12:30 p.m.
Join a team to answer fun challenges in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Each clue will be a lively and interactive experience designed to introduce you to Seattle’s public transportation system, distinct neighborhoods, local business, parks, culture, and major attractions. Sample coffee and snacks at local cafés, take photos with famous monuments, meet local business people, solve puzzles, and much more while making new friends along the way! The race ends with an after-party celebration including live music, food, and team awards. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring cash or your Early Start U-PASS for riding the Metro bus.

Saturday, September 17 - Sunday, September 18

FIUTS Camp, Meet at George Washington statue, 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Spend a weekend at an American camp making friends and enjoying fun activities such as forest trails, sports, campfire, dancing and more. Bring a sleeping bag, clothes, shoes and a packed lunch for a picnic on the way. No alcohol allowed. ($50, advance sign-up required; sign up at Greeting Table on Sept. 13-16). Learn more about FIUTS Camp!

Monday, September 19

Greeting Table, HUB Lobby, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Welcome LoungeHUB Main Lounge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Survival Tips For International Huskies, HUB 214, 10:30 a.m.

Campus Tours, HUB Mural Lounge - 2nd Floor, 11:30 a.m.

Resource Fair, HUB Lyceum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Representatives from various campus offices will share information about the resources available to you to guide your success at the UW. Find out about these important resources and ask your questions. Many offices will also be presenting information sessions later in the week (see below).

FIUTS Resource Fair on 9/19 is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, World Trade Center San Francisco & Verizon Wireless; visit them at their tables from 11AM-3PM in the HUB

Exchange Student Day, Kane 110, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
All students studying abroad at the UW through an academic exchange are required to attend this session. Meet your exchange adviser and get important information about your exchange program.

Campus Activities, Various Locations and Times
Throughout the day, there will be a variety of fun social activities to choose from. Meet other international students and FIUTS Facilitators while exploring the fun that can be had across the UW campus!

IKEA Shopping Trip, Meet at George Washington statue, 3:30 p.m.
Shopping at IKEA, the home furnishings and décor superstore, is a cultural experience! Enjoy the wonder of an IKEA shopping trip as you shop for supplies for your new home in Seattle. Transportation to the store and dinner in the IKEA restaurant are included with your ticket. Please note that you will not be able to bring back large furniture from the trip; you will need to arrange for delivery if you choose to purchase anything larger than what you can carry on your lap. ($10, advanced sign-up required; sign up at Greeting Table on Sept. 13-16 or 19)

Sponsored by IKEA

Tuesday, September 20

Greeting Table, HUB Lobby, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Welcome LoungeHUB Main Lounge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Information SessionsHUB, various times and locations
FIUTS International Student Orientation includes sessions, workshops and resource tours created to provide information on a wide variety of topics. Sessions are a great way to learn about the array of opportunities and resources available to you during your time in Seattle and at the UW. Session descriptions and schedule are detailed in the Orientation Program, which you will receive in your welcome folder at the FIUTS Greeting table. Session descriptions will also be available in the FIUTS app, which will be available for download before orientation begins. View Tuesday's session schedule

FIUTS International Trivia & Games Night, Art Marble 21, 5-9 p.m.
Test your knowledge and win prizes at International Trivia & Games Night! The more international your team is, the better your chances of winning. Food will be provided; bring spending money for beverages and your government-issued ID if you are over 21. ($12, advanced sign-up required; sign up at Greeting Table Sept 13-20).

Wednesday, September 21

Freshman Day with First Year Programs (FYP), HUB, 8 a.m.
International Advising & Orientation, Part II: a full-day program all freshmen students are expected to attend to receive important information about transition to the University of Washington, including: academics, the Husky Experience, campus involvement, health & wellness, safety, and immigration requirements with ISS. Meet current student leaders and learn how to succeed in your first year at UW!

FIUTS Mini Soccer Tournament, IMA Soccer Field, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Unite in a multicultural team to play the world's sport! Compete in a mini-tournament for the FIUTS Championship, or come cheer on your favorite team! No advanced sign-up necessary.

Thursday, September 22

Information Sessions, HUB, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
View Thursday's session schedule

Host Appreciation Night, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Did you stay with a FIUTS host family for a Welcome Week homestay? If so, then you and your host family are invited to join this reception to thank all of our community volunteers.

Host Appreciation Night is sponsored by Chinook Book

Friday, September 23

Seattle Aquarium, Pick up your free ticket to the Aquarium (a $23 value) at Greeting Table. Those that have a ticket will meet FIUTS Facilitators at the time indicated on their ticket to go with a group to the Seattle Aquarium and walk around the aquarium at their own pace. The Seattle Aquarium is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. and exhibits a wide variety of animals including seals, birds, and jellyfish. Those that have registered for the Boat Cruise are able to walk to Pier 55 after their tour.

Boat Cruise, Meet FIUTS Facilitators at the George Washington statue at 1 p.m. or be at Pier 55 by 2 p.m. sharp
Go for a scenic harbor cruise aboard the Royal Argosy. Enjoy views of downtown Seattle, including the port and the islands from Puget Sound! Pizza and soft drinks are included! ($15, advanced sign-up required, sign up at Greeting Table Sept. 13-20).

Thank you to all of our orientation sponsors:

CampusSIMs, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Verizon Wireless, Ikea Seattle, AT&T, SelfScore & Off-Campus Residences

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