International Welcome Programs

Welcome to the University of Washington! We are so glad to have you join our global community.

FIUTS provides special welcome programming for all new international students and scholars at the UW, including graduates, undergraduates, exchange students, and visiting scholars. Our welcome programming includes Embark, a required session for all new students on F-1 or J-1 visas. Visit the Embark page to learn more and register for your session.

We also offer a variety of additional events designed to connect you to important resources available to you as a UW student, U.S. customs and lifestyles, and visa and immigration essentials, as well as introduce you to other local and international students and discover Seattle! FIUTS international welcome programming is designed to make your transition to the UW as smooth and rewarding as possible.


Are you starting at UW in Fall 2019? Visit the Fall International Welcome Weeks page, which will continue to be updated as we finalize the events schedule.

Register for your Embark session

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 as part of your international welcome programming in the quarter you are entering UW. For Fall 2019, there are multiple options to choose from between September 10-24.


Fall 2019 International Welcome Weeks
September 10-20, 2019

Winter 2020 International Welcome Weekend
January 3-5, 2020

Spring 2020 International Welcome Weekend
March 27-29, 2020

Resources for New students

  • Pre-Arrival Emails (for Summer-arriving students): Archive of weekly emails sent to incoming students

  • International Student Handbook: Information about your new city and school, with advice from past students and FIUTS staff

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Answers to some of the most common questions you may be asking

  • Housing Resources: Factors to consider when choosing housing and links to options

  • Advice from Other Students: Current and former international students share their advice to creating a successful University of Washington experience.

  • Info Session Resources: During Fall International Welcome Weeks, FIUTS offers dozens of sessions about campus resources. Some of our presenters have shared slides from their sessions for your review.

  • U501: The UW’s Graduate School offers a self-directed online resource for graduate and professional students to help prepare you for your arrival.

More Information FOR SUMMER 2019:

What orientations do you need to go to? (International students on F-1 or J-1 visas)


Thank you to this year’s International Welcome Weeks Sponsors