Welcome to Early Fall Start at the University of Washington! All new international students on F-1 or J-1 visas at the University of Washington are required to attend one Embark session, during which you will connect with other new and returning students, prepare for your cultural transition to the UW and U.S., and complete your compulsory immigration check-in process. Students participating in EFS must attend Embark on August 25 before EFS classes begin. If you are planning to participate in EFS, please register for the session on August 25. You do not need to attend an additional Embark session during International Welcome Weeks in September.