International student guide

The UW is home to 8,000 international students representing more than 100 countries. International students, along with domestic students', work with Undergraduate Advisers to explore and plan for majors as well as other opportunities that are designed to develop and expand, skills, talents, knowledge, and abilities throughout a student's undergraduate degree.

Advising Guides

The advising guides below are meant to help you learn how to make the most of your time her at the University of Washington. They provide helpful tips, questions, and activities that will assist you as you acclimate to the University of Washington and higher education in the United States.

UAA Advising vs. ISS Advising

UAA Advising

Undergraduate Advisers are available to students to discuss academic planning, course selection, applying to majors and how to find academic resources on campus. Students can make an appointment or sign into drop-in to speak to an adviser. UW Undergraduate Advising: Home (

Undergraduate Advising is also a place to stop by on drop-in when you have a question that you do not know where else to get an answer. If we do not have the answer we will know where you can get the answer to your question. Undergraduate advisers do not have accurate up to date information on any students' VISA status

 ISS Advising-International Student Services

For all questions and concerns related to international student VISA’s .ISS Provides guidance on maintaining F-1 or J-1 immigration status while attending the UW, processes F-1 and J-1 immigration benefits, navigates university policy and understand F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions, ensures university and student compliance with immigration policies, provides educational tools, including workshops

ISS Virtual Front Desk & Drop-In Advising  

We invite students to book virtual appointments with advisors for one-on-one appointments. All Virtual Front Desk and Drop-In Advising sessions are listed in the ISS Events Calendar.

Visa Information and Regulations

International Student Services (ISS) closely monitors immigration-related news coming from the U.S. government and the White House that may have an impact on our international student community at the UW.

 Requesting Changes to your 1-20 Visa or DS-2019             

This section contains information on ISS procedures and the various forms you will need to request updates or changes to your I-20 or DS-2019. The information is arranged by topic or type of change.

Students on F-1 visas must understand the rules of their visa status before engaging in employment or work opportunities in the U.S.

Getting Connected on Campus


CIRCLE (the Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange) is the UW’s primary portal to resources, community and activities that help international   and domestic students maximize their Husky Experience, together


Unite UW

Unite UW is a quarterly on-campus cultural exchange program that builds bridges between domestic and international students at the University of Washington. The program aims to engage student participants in cultural exchanges to enhance cultural understanding, overcome barriers and boundaries, inspire lasting international relationships and unify our campus.

Unite UW | Once United, Never Divided


CIRCLE offers Discord drop-in hours to help students stay engaged and informed during remote quarters. Students can connect with CIRCLE staff to discuss their current topics of interest and to get their questions answered. This is a great opportunity to get the latest information from UW and to stay connected during the remote quarter. Please refer to the CIRCLE calendar to view the weekly CIRCLE Chats schedule.



TO FIUTS, every student represents an opportunity to create a new connection - with students across our campus and people throughout our community.

FIUTS | Foundation for International Understanding Through Students                

Tuesday Tea

Tuseday Tea is a time to come together, de-stress and engage in meaningful conversations with peers and guests. Swing by CIRCLE to grab a cup of tea and practice mindfulness, chat with friends or get some work done. Occasionally, a guest from various campus departments have tea with Circle.


Student Advisory Board

CIRLCE Student Advisory Board (SAB) is an undergraduate international student committee that offers guidance to CIRCLE’s professional staff on dealing with the unique needs of the international students at the University of Washington.

 Student Advisory Board | CIRCLE (

Other Resources for International Students

Scholarships and other Finacial Resources

Paying for college is a significant investment for any student and their families. However, there may be resources that can help cover the costs associated with attending college–the issue is understanding what financial resources are available and where to find them.

Understanding financial resources | CIRCLE ( 

International Student Pride

When it comes to sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions, students who identify with nationalities and cultures beyond the U.S. can have vastly different ways of exploring, navigating, and understanding their queer and questioning identities. International Student Pride | CIRCLE (