Events & Activities

FIUTS plans many events both around Seattle and the UW campus, as well as excursions in and around the greater Puget Sound region. These activities are a great way to make friends and get to know this beautiful area!

Our social programs are primarily designed for UW graduate and undergraduate students, as well as visiting faculty, scholars, and IELP students (Campus & Downtown). Both domestic and international students are welcome.

Trip details are made available at least 2-3 weeks prior to the event in the FIUTS office, at Wednesday Lunches and via our weekly e-newsletter. Students and scholars can sign up in person in the FIUTS office (HUB 206). Many events do not require advance sign-up, and are open to non-students as well. For more information, and a look at our upcoming schedule, please see our online calendar of events.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do i learn about upcoming events?

How do I pay?

FIUTS accepts cash, personal check, and credit/debit cards.

If I cancel, do I receive a refund?

Cancellations within 3 business days of the event will not receive a refund. For Global Getaways, cancellations within the week leading up to the trip will not receive a refund. Cancellations prior to the 3 business days or week leading to Getaway will be eligible for a 75% refund, unless otherwise noted. NO REFUNDS for no-shows, Halloween Party, Global Gala, CulturalFest, and Blue Marble Bash.

Can I sign-up my friend (or someone else)?

Yes, you can sign-up one guest per event (exceptions apply to large FIUTS events: Halloween Party, Global Gala, CulturalFest, Blue Marble Bash) Please come prepared with all of their registration and contact information: UW Student ID (if necessary), full name, country of origin, e-mail, phone number, etc. Some events may require more information, so please make sure to contact the FIUTS office with questions about a particular event.

Do I need to buy a ticket for each event?

No, not all of the FIUTS events and activities are ticketed. The only events that you will need to purchase a physical ticket from FIUTS are: FIUTS Halloween Party, Global Gala, CulturalFest Performance Showcase, and Blue Marble Bash. Some events, FIUTS may hold the tickets for you, to be distributed on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased on the day-of-event (depends on amount of tickets still available at that time).

Do I have to sign-up or can I just show up for an event?

Many events are free and do not require advance registration! Check the calendar for meeting time and location, and just show up. Each event requiring advance registration will list the date when sign-ups begin, the event fee, and more details. 

How do I sign-up?

Advance sign-ups usually Open 2-3 weeks prior to an event. To participate, come to the FIUTS office (HUB 206), register your name, and pay the event fee. Full payment is required at the time of sign-up. For Downtown IELP students, FIUTS staff will visit your campus weekly during the quarter. You must sign-up in person; there is no online option for most events (exceptions are CulturalFest Performance and Blue Marble Bash). Additionally, you can purchase tickets at-the-door (day-of-event) for Halloween Party, Global Gala, and CulturalFest.

When is the deadline to sign-up for an event?

FIUTS events do not usually have a deadline, but most have limited space. Sign-up early to guarantee your place.

Who can participate?

Many FIUTS events are open to everyone. Due to the UW's vehicle use policy, only current UW students, IELP, scholars, and faculty/staff can join events where transportation is provided in University vehicles (UCARs). Check with the FIUTS office and consult the calendar event details if you have questions regarding transportation for a particular event.

can I bring someone who is not a UW student?

Many FIUTS Events & Activities are open to everyone Event details listed on the calendar will indicate if an event is open only to UW students.

What are the largest student events and activitieS (most people attending)?

Some exciting large events for students are the FIUTS Halloween Party and Global Gala. Visit the FIUTS events calendar or keep an eye and ear out for announcements to learn more about these events!


E-mail the FIUTS office at or visit us in the Husky Union Building (HUB 206).