Fall 2015 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.
Top 5 Things You Should Know About
FIUTS International Student Orientation:
1) New international students starting Autumn Quarter 2015 are advised to arrive on September 14th or 15th.
2) F-1 and J-1 visa regulations require you to report to campus after you arrive in Seattle. You must submit copies of your immigration documents to FIUTS Orientation Greeting Tables (September 14-18).
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.
5) FIUTS Orientation is not required, however 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 24; more information is available .
New international students receive weekly emails starting approximately two months before their orientation program. Did you miss a FIUTS orientation pre-arrival e-mail? Beginning in July, you can click to see a web version for new students entering the UW in Fall 2015.
Fall 2015 Orientation Schedule
- under development & subject to change -
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 prepare and bring the required photocopies of your immigration documents with you to report to ISS at the Greeting Table. You can make copies at one of the commercial copy centers located on University Way, or use the scan-to-print method at one of the Dawg Prints Scan Stations available in UW campus libraries (payment with Husky Card, or a Dawg Prints Card).
Welcome Lounge, HUB Mural Lounge - 2nd Floor, 10:00am-1:00pm
After visiting Greeting Table, stop by the FIUTS Orientation Welcome Lounge on the second floor of the HUB, next to the FIUTS office. 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 & Campus Tour, HUB 214, 10:30am & 12:30pm
Tuesday, September 15th
Wednesday, September 16th
Session for New Husky Parents, HUB 250, 9:00am-11:00am
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
Opening Day: International Welcome Ceremony, Meany Hall, 1:00pm-3:30pm
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 - to be announced - will provide a warm, enthusiastic welcome to our great university and community. Parents and family members are welcome to attend!
Campus Activities, Various Locations, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Following the welcome ceremony, 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!
Thursday, September 17th
FIUTS Seattle Challenge, Depart from the HUB Patio, 1:00pm
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.
Friday, September 18th
Graduate and Professional Student Day, HUB Lyceum, time to be confirmed
All international graduate and professional students are invited to attend this session to learn about important visa regulations pertaining to graduate and professional students. Meet with Dr. David Eaton, Dean and Vice Provost of the Graduate School, as well as current grads and representatives of the Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) to learn first-hand about the UW graduate student experience. After the morning sessions, join current graduate students for lunch together on campus or the University Ave.
Northgate Mall Shopping Trip, Meet at Burke Museum Cafe, 12pm
Need to pick up some household items or a sleeping bag for camp? Join FIUTS facilitators on a trip to Northgate Mall, and they will show you where to buy essential supplies for your room. Bus together to Northgate Mall, located approximately 30 minutes north of the University District by bus.
FIUTS Community Barbecue (BBQ), Gas Works Park, 4-8pm
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. Meet outside the Burke Museum Cafe at 4pm to walk or bus to Gas Works Park.
Saturday, September 19th - Sunday, September 20th
FIUTS Camp, Meet outside the Burke Museum Cafe, 9:30am 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). Learn more about FIUTS Camp!
Monday, September 21st - Friday, September 25th
Orientation Sessions, HUB, various times and locations
FIUTS International Student Orientation includes more than 40 different 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.
Exchange Student Day, HUB Lyceum, date & time to be confirmed
All students studying abroad at the UW through an academic exchange are required to attend! This session will address specific questions of students here on academic exchanges, as well as immigration requirements. Sessions will be followed by an off-campus social with current students who have previously studied abroad.
Tuesday, September 22th
Orientation Sessions, HUB, 10am-4pm
Freshman Day with First Year Programs (FYP), HUB Ballrooms, 8:00am
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 Pub Quiz: International Trivia, time and location TBD
Test your international trivia knowledge and win prizes at Pub Quiz! The more international your 6 person team is, the better your chances of winning. Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials - there will be multiple quiz rounds. ($10, advance sign-up required).
Wednesday, September 23rd
Orientation Sessions, HUB, 10am-4pm
FIUTS Mini World Cup Soccer, IMA Soccer Field, 4pm-8pm
Did your country miss out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship in Brazil? Here's your chance win for your country! Compete in a mini-tournament for the FIUTS World Cup Championship, or come cheer on your favorite team!
Thursday, September 24th
Orientation Sessions, HUB, 10am-4pm
Homestay Appreciation Night, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 7pm-9pm
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.
Friday, September 25th
Campus Resources & Insider Tours, various locations, 10am-12pm
Tour the UW Hall Health Center, the IMA, the HUB, or join a FIUTS Facilitator on a student-led "Insider Tour" aimed at introducing you to their favorite local spots (to study, dine, shop, and more).
Seattle Aquarium, Meet at the Burke Museum Cafe any time from 9 AM to 12 PM (noon) to receive a complimentary guided tour. 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 56 after their tour.
Boat Cruise, Meet at Burke Museum Cafe at 1pm or be at Pier 56 by 2pm sharp, 1pm-5pm
Go for a scenic harbor cruise aboard the Royal Argosy. Enjoy views of downtown Seattle, including the port and the islands from Puget Sound! ($15, advance sign-up required, pizza is included).