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Early Fall Start (EFS) International Freshmen


Welcome to Early Fall Start (EFS) at the University of Washington! 2017 EFS classes begin on Tuesday, August 22. International students enrolled in this program must attend a mandatory international student orientation on Sunday, August 20.

Early Fall Start (EFS) is an optional program for new freshmen who wish to begin their studies early and earn credits before fall quarter begins. There are a few important things you should know as an international student participating in the Early Fall Start program. To register for EFS, please visit the EFS website. The registration deadline is August 17.


International students may enter the U.S. up to, but not more than, 30 days prior to the start date listed on your I-20. Please make your travel plans accordingly and do not arrive more than 30 days before the date if you are entering the U.S. with an "Initial Attendance" I-20 form.

Early Fall Start International Student Orientation: August 20

Students participating in EFS must attend a mandatory EFS International Student Orientation. This orientation will include required immigration check-in for new international students and special thematic sessions to introduce you to student life in the U.S. and at the UW.

EFS International Student Orientation will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, August 20, in Kane Hall. Students can check in between 12-1 p.m., with the program beginning at 1 p.m. and wrapping up at approximately 5:30 p.m.

International Student Orientation Schedule

12-1 p.m. Check-in open Kane Hall lobby
1-2:30 p.m. Orientation: Welcome to the University of Washington Kane Hall 130
2:30-5:30 p.m. Rotations: ISS Immigration Essentials, Culture and Transition, and Getting to Know Campus Various
5:30 p.m. Ice cream celebration Outside Kane Hall

All new international students on F-1 or J-1 visas need to complete the immigration check-in process. You must report your local address and upload digital copies of your immigration documents to ISS. You will then complete your check-in by physically reporting to campus at EFS International Student Orientation. View the New Students Post-Arrival Checklist for instructions on updating your address and uploading your documents. Remember to sign your I-20 before submitting.

Early Fall Start Welcome Event

Join fellow students (international and American) for the official welcome event for Early Fall Start. This event will be an exciting opportunity to connect with peers, explore the fun maker space on campus at Area 01, and celebrate the start of the program. This event is a collaboration between FIUTS, Housing and Food Services, First Year Programs, and Early Fall Start.
August 21, 7 p.m., Area 01 in Maple Hall

Important: All first-year undergraduate students at the UW are required to attend in First Year Programs (FYP) Advising & Orientation (A&O). Out-of-state students — both domestic and international — have the option of attending the EFS-Only A&O session held on Monday, August 21, and Tuesday, August 22. This session takes into consideration the start of classes on August 22. See the First Year Programs Advising & Orientation site for registration information and more details. You must complete your orientation by August 22, 2017.


EFS participants are eligible to apply for Early Fall Start housing. For more information, visit UW Housing & Food Services.

You are also welcome to apply for the FIUTS Welcome Week Homestay Program. This week-long (7-10 days maximum) program is designed to give you an opportunity to make a connection with a local family. Your host family can assist you with airport pick-up and transitioning to your life in Seattle. The deadline to apply for a homestay is one month prior to your arrival in Seattle. You can find more information about the FIUTS Welcome Week Homestay Program here.

Health Insurance

International students are required to enroll in the international student insurance plan while attending the University of Washington. Keep in mind that the University's autumn quarter International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) begins in early September. It is recommended that students participating in EFS enroll in a short-term policy to prevent gaps in insurance coverage. Please contact the ISHIP office so that they can assist you. Additional resources to help address your health insurance questions can be found here.

Commuter Services: U-PASS 

Students participating in the Early Fall Start program may purchase an Early Start U-PASS or parking permit.

Fall International Welcome Weeks

The full Fall International Welcome Weeks program takes place in September, and you are encouraged to participate in all the events, activities, and information sessions that are of interest to you. There will be many more opportunities to meet other new students and learn more about the UW and Seattle at FIUTS International Welcome Weeks.


Special thanks to one of our FIUTS sponsors for supporting Early Fall Start (EFS) Orientation 2017:

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