Advice from Other Students

FIUTS has worked with thousands of international students since 1948, and our programming is designed to support students in building cross-cultural connections and accessing the resources they need for their success. But we know it can be helpful to hear from someone who has been in the same position as you. Current and former international students share their advice to creating a successful University of Washington experience.


What advice would you give to new international students to prepare them for a successful transition and orientation to the University of Washington?

"Start planning as much in advance as possible."

Be really active during the first days and weeks and make lot of friends because later all international students will split into smaller groups so it’s better to belong to one.

"Come Seattle earlier to prepare for the new life."

"Try to spare some extra time on finding the classrooms."

"Follow the email from ISS or other departments from UW, please read and understand them."

"Pay careful attention to information sessions and take every bit of the advice given at orientation. Also, ASK QUESTIONS."

Come prepared but don’t stress out.

"Go to the FIUTS events! You get to meet other international students, as well as super nice facilitators who can answer lots of questions."

"If you're not staying on campus, then finding a place to stay can be challenging unless you have someone who can take you around the city!"

"Read information about the university as much as you can, International students Do's and Don’ts and attend FIUTS event because if you miss anything on your own, they will tell you."

"Be opened to new people and relations. Join at the beginning as many activities as you can."

Feel free to ask about what you need and don’t be shy about that.