International Student Services

Degree-Seeking Students

Your Next Steps...

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

Frequently Asked Questions are Answered!
Our "How Do I...?" Guide provides contact information to help you get connected to the appropriate resources on campus that address incoming students' most commonly asked questions.

Before You Arrive to UW Bothell:

1. Pay your $100 Admission Confirmation Fee

To confirm your plan to attend UW Bothell, you must complete the Admission Confirmation Form and email it to UW Bothell's Registrars Office at

Graduate Students: Please contact your department for information about your specific Admission Confirmation fee and process.*

2. To Receive your UW Bothell I-20, Submit Your I-20 Request Form and Supporting Documents to ISS.

3. Sign-up for Your University Advising & Orientation (Attendance is Mandatory)

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. Students will not be able to register for classes before their Orientation date. 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.

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

4. Submit the Measles Immunity Vaccine Form

All new students must submit this information before they can 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.

It is OK if your medical documents are not in English. You do not need to have the documents translated, but you must make a note on the document that indicates the Measles Vaccine and the two dates that you received this vaccine. The Vaccine Form and supporting documents must be submitted to the Registrars Office at

5. Confirm Your Housing Accommodations  Click here for details.

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

Spring Quarter: Friday, March 27 (UW1-102)

3:00-3:30pm: Submit your Immigration Check-in Form
3:30-5:00pm: Orientation Session

Fall Quarter: Date to be Announced.

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.

7. Plan Your Arrival to Bothell
When confirming your travel dates, you must arrive to UW Bothell so that you can attend your University Orientation, F1 Immigration Orientation and the On-Campus Housing Move-in Day (if you have been offered to live on-campus) Click here for details.

8. If you are a Freshman (first year student), visit the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about course registration and other helpful information.

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

10. 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)

Enrollment in UW's International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) is part of your course enrollment process in the MyUW system. The health insurance fee will be added to your tuition statement, which is due by the 3rd Friday of the quarter. Visit our helpful "Using Your Health Insurance" to learn more about the 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.

Did You Know?

UW Bothell is the fourth fastest growing four-year, public university in the nation.