Fall 2019 International Welcome Weeks
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. Embark sessions are offered throughout International Welcome Weeks (Sept. 10-20), with some sessions tailored to different student levels. You must register for your chosen session. Please view the Embark page for more details and to register.
International Welcome Weeks also include a multitude of information sessions and social events designed to make your transition to the UW as smooth as possible. You will have the opportunity to learn about important resources available to you as a UW student, U.S. customs and lifestyles, and visa and immigration essentials; meet other local and international students; and discover Seattle.
Freshmen who participate in Early Fall Start must attend the EFS Embark session on August 25 but do not need to participate in another session in September. However, we encourage you to participate in additional International Welcome Weeks activities.
If you have any questions about Embark or International Welcome Weeks, please email email@example.com.
Most new international students should plan to arrive in Seattle between September 9-19 to attend your Embark session and other International Welcome Weeks events
F-1 and J-1 visa regulations require you to report to campus after you arrive in Seattle. Before your Embark session, you must report your local address and submit your immigration documents online to International Student Services.
Plan your schedule by checking out the full International Welcome Weeks schedule.
FIUTS sends pre-arrival emails weekly starting approximately two months before your orientation program. These are also archived online.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Are you a freshman participating in the Early Fall Start (EFS) program? A special Embark session for EFS international students will take place on August 25.
If you are a freshman or transfer student, you are required to complete a First Year Programs (FYP) Advising & Orientation (A&O) program.
Most International Welcome Weeks 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 in the FIUTS Welcome Lounge.