International Student Services

Degree-Seeking Students

The Next Steps...

Congratulations! The following is a helpful list to guide you as you prepare to begin your bachelors or graduate studies with us. Please review each item carefully, and contact the appropriate office for assistance. 

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1. Submit Your UW-Bothell I-20 Request Form (Click here for details).

2. Register Online for Your Mandatory University Advising & Orientation 

Orientation is the beginning of your journey at UW-Bothell. As a new international student, you have two Orientations that you must attend: 1) your Academic-focused Orientation and 2) your Immigration-focused Orientation (see #3 below).

The University Advising & Orientation is organized by the Office of Student Life ( ). You must sign-up online to attend a specific Orientation, as there are various dates available. International students that are arriving into the U.S. on an initial I-20 can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before their program start date, so plan accordingly.

At Orientation, you will meet other new students (both domestic and international students), register for classes, and learn about the University resources. Students will not be able to register for classes before their Orientation date.

*Graduate Students: Please contact your department for your information about your specific Orientation information.*

3. Plan to Attend Your Mandatory F-1 Immigration Orientation

Fall 2014: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (Location TBD)

The F-1 Immigration Orientation is organized by International Student Services ( ). Pre-registration is not required. You are required by their F-1 visa to attend, and learn about the regulations governing their visa. The orientation program also offers you many benefits and opportunities to meet other new students, learn about American life and culture, and receive important information about immigration, employment, health insurance, and academics.

Orientation Schedule:
12:00-1:00 pm: Immigration Check-in (Submit your Immigration Check-in Form )
1:00 pm: F1 Immigration Orientation Session
4:00 pm: Welcome Pizza Party with International Student Facilitators

4. Plan Your Arrival to Campus to Attend the 2 Mandatory Orientations and On-Campus Housing Move-in Day (if applicable) Click here for details.

5. Confirm Your Housing Accommodations  Click here for details.

6. Prepare to Register for Your Classes: Complete Your Registration Holds
**You can't register for classes until you complete all holds.**

All new students have a hold on their student account that prevent them to register for classes. ISS encourages you to complete all of the requirements at least one week BEFORE your University & Advising Orientation, so that you can register for your classes at Orientation. The registration holds are:

7. Check out CUSP's Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about course registration and other helpful information.

8. Get Connected to UW Bothell on our Social Networks!

9. Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Your Home Country (if available)

After You Arrive to UW Bothell:

1. Attend Your University Advising & Orientation & Your F1 Immigration Orientation (attendance is mandatory for both Orientations)

2. Purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP)

Starting in Fall 2014, enrollment for UW's International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) will be through MyUW as part of the course registration process. The health insurance fee will be added to your tuition statement, which is due by the 3rd Friday of the quarter. Our helpful "Using Your Health Insurance" page will be updated soon with information about the new ISHIP plan.

3. Register for Academic Transition for Int'l Students Course (BCUSP 100) 

As an international student new to the United States education system, you are required to enroll in our BCUSP 100 Course – Academic Transition for International Students – during your first quarter at UW Bothell. You will register for courses during your University Advising & Orientation. This is a 2 credit course designed to help you acclimate to studying in the United States, identify campus resources, understand the U.S. education system, and develop critical thinking skills.

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