FAQ

International Students

Applying

Documents for Application

English Proficiency

Finances

I’m Admitted. Now what?

UW Bothell Academics

Student Life


Applying

When should I apply?
Each program has a different deadline. Check here for the application deadlines.

What is a personal statement?
It is an important part of your application. Don’t be afraid of it. It is also a great opportunity to express your personality, academic plan at UW Bothell, future career plan and goals through your writing. Be sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting the personal statement.

Will all my credits transfer?  How will I know how many credits I have?
When your application is reviewed our evaluators will determine which credits transfer and once you register for classes you will find your transfer credits on your MyUW account.  You can submit a request for an unofficial international credential evaluations* to help you plan how your education may be applied toward UW Bothell admission and degree requirements. If you have questions, ask an International Advisor at uwbintl@uw.edu.

When will I know if I’m admitted to UW Bothell?
You will receive your admission decision by email. Your application will be considered complete when we receive all required documents from you. As soon as we receive your application, we will go through your application and make a decision. The number of application we receive is increasing every year, but we are doing our best to inform you as soon as possible.


Documents for Application

What documents are required with my application?
First Year Students will need to submit official transcripts for the last 4 years of high school.

Transfer students will need to submit transcripts from all institutions you attended after high school, and we may also require your high school transcripts if you have less than 90 transfer credits. 

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores if you plan to use these for English Proficiency.

What is an official transcript?
UW Bothell must receive your official transcript sent directly to our admissions office from your previous school. The official transcript must be in a sealed envelope from the school. Any transcript in an opened envelope will not be considered official. This is the primary way we accept transcripts as official.

Do I need my high school transcript?
You will need official academic record at each school you attend. If you completed all CADR requirements through college course work, your high school transcript will not be required. Generally, not always, if you are transfer student, you do not need high school transcript. But if you are going to be a First Year Student, you are likely to be required to submit your high school transcript.

Do I need my bank statement with my application?
No. You are not required to submit bank statements to apply.  If you are admitted, you will need to submit bank statements showing you have enough funds to support your study and living expenses, as part of obtaining your UW Bothell I-20.


English Proficiency

How can I prove English Proficiency? Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS?
There are several ways to meet English proficiency, please review your options to completing your English proficiency and contact  uwbintl@uw.edu if you have more questions.

What code do I use to send my TOEFL test score to UW Bothell?

9964


Finances

Are there scholarships for international students?
Yes, but limited. There are scholarships that international students are eligible to apply. Click her to see available scholarships.


I’m Admitted. Now what?

Once you receive admission, please use the Center for International Education's Next Steps Checklist to help you complete all requirements before you begin your studies at UW Bothell. The checklist includes information about registering for Orientation, confirming your housing, and planning your arrival to Bothell.


UW Bothell Academics

Do you have an English Language program at UW Bothell?
No. 

When will I start my major?
In the US education system, the first two years of your Bachelor degree you will take general courses and complete the prerequisite courses for your major.  You will need to apply to your program and be admitted to your major.  Most students begin their major studies in their third year.

Can I study part time?
No. International students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 quarter credits. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 10 quarter credits to be considered full time.


Student Life

I don’t know anybody in the U.S. Is there anyone who can help my transition?
The Center for International Education will help you adjustment here in the U.S.  

Do you have dorms?
Yes. UW Bothell offers on-campus housing. After you have been admitted and accepted your office you can apply for housing here. Be sure to check the application deadline!

Is it hard to commute if I don’t live on campus?
A lot of international students live off campus, and most of them commute to school by bus. When you register for classes, you have an option to purchase U-Pass that allows you to use the Seattle area bus systems. Also, Seattle-Bothell area is very bike friendly.

Do I need to purchase University of Washington Health Insurance?
Yes. Washington state laws require that international students on an F1 visa maintain adequate health insurance while attending the University of Washington. The International Student Health Insurance Plan (iSHIP) is included in your tuition, and you can see it in MyUW.

Can I have a job in the U.S.?
As a student in F-1 status, you aren’t allowed to work off-campus. However, there are a lot of on-campus opportunities open for all students including international students.