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The first few weeks of the quarter are always a busy time - for students and staff alike! We hope that you are enjoying your new classes and that the term is off to a smooth start for you. This week, we want to highlight a process change for dropping courses.


Week 3 of the quarter marks the beginning of the Late Course Drop period. This means that there are additional steps involved if you need to drop courses.

You now have two options:
Please review the detailed instructions on the university registrar's website for more information.


If you are not already full-time or authorized for an exception, make sure to do so now.

If you are unable to enroll full-time, or want to take time off, please review the exceptions to full-time enrollment. Contact our office with additional questions about eligibility - you can complete our 'Contact Us' form, or book an appointment with an advisor.

If you will graduate this quarter, make sure to review the final year checklist - there is still time to apply for OPT, apply to transfer to a new program, or make other plans.


If you traveled to the U.S. for the first time this autumn quarter, be sure to review and complete the immigration check-in process. This is required for all students entering the U.S. who have not yet activated their F-1 or J-1 status.

If you have not yet checked in, you must do so now in order to avoid consequences to your nonimmigrant status.


ISS staff are excited to be back on campus and we look forward to welcoming all of our international students back or to campus for the first time! Although staff will be returning to campus, all advising and student services will be offered virtually this quarter.

ISS Reception Desk Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Virtual Front Desk
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Schmitz Hall 459

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Virtual Front Desk
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual Front Desk

Advising Appointments

Students are now able to book appointments with our advising team using our new appointment management tool.

The link to book appointments is published on our website.

Students should prepare to choose the type of appointment they need - your first step in booking will be choosing the category of question you'd like to discuss with an advisor or member of our staff.

You will be prompted to log into your Outlook account when you access our booking calendar. Use your credentials to log in and view available appointment types and times. We do not offer same day appointments or cancellations.

Virtual Front Desk

Our Virtual Front Desk will continue to operate as it has for the past several quarters. Staff will be available to help you navigate the website, connect you to important resources, and provide general assistance. Staff will admit one student at a time to the Virtual Front Desk – we appreciate your patience!

Drop-In Advising

Drop-In Advising will look different this quarter. During autumn 2021, we will host three Drop-In Advising sessions. Each session will be focused on one specific topic.

General Employment - October 15, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Optional Practical Training (OPT) - November 12, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - December 10, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Through Autumn 2021, the ISHIP Office is offering remote services through the Virtual Front Desk. The Virtual Front Desk will be open daily. Our Drop-in Advising will be primarily through the Virtual Front Desk times indicated below. You may also book one-on-one virtual appointments with the ISHIP Counselor by emailing the front desk staff at

Virtual Front Desk Schedule – Autumn 2021
  • Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Staff will be available to help you navigate the ISHIP website, connect you to important resources, and provide general assistance. Staff will admit one student at a time to the Virtual Front Desk – we appreciate your patience!

Drop-In Advising

Sessions with the ISHIP Counselor will be available through the Virtual Front Desk at the following times:
  • Monday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
  • Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST.
During these blocks, the ISHIP Counselor will be available for 10-minute consultations. There will be no counseling staff at the Virtual Front Desk outside of these hours.




In an email to UW community members on July 7, UW President Cauce and Provost Richards shared updated guidance about campus operations and provided instructions for vaccination status verification. If you are a student who is also an employee at the UW, note that you will be required to complete the student attestation as well as the employee attestation.

Here are the key points:
  • Updated 8/13/2021: All campus community members are required to wear masks or other face coverings when indoors.
  • Based on Washington State guidance, physical distancing and capacity limits are no longer in place.
  • Students, Faculty and Staff must verify their vaccination status. Students must provide vaccination information by the start of autumn quarter. Do so using the student COVID-19 vaccine attestation form.
  • If you are not yet vaccinated, your deadline to provide vaccination status verification is November 5, 2021.
  • A hold will be placed on winter quarter registrations if the form has not been submitted by November 5, 2021.


Many students will find on-campus employment at the start of the academic year. As an F-1 or J-1 student, be sure to review the rules that cover the basics of on-campus employment for your visa category.

Here are some helpful links:


If you have a major change effective for autumn quarter, please note that we will begin emailing out the major update I-20s between week 4-6. As a reminder, students do not need to contact ISS to request an update to the I-20 with new major or minor information — it will happen automatically. If your major change is in effect for summer, a new I-20 is usually available by the 6th week of the quarter.


  • As we begin a new quarter, be sure to review the add/drop deadlines & tuition deadlines.
  • LifeWise Assurance Representatives at Hall Health Center
    • LifeWise Assurance will be available in-person for drop-in assistance at Hall Health Center starting next week! They will be available from October 4th to 8th and October 11th to 15th, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 3pm.

      They can assist with various questions concerning your ISHIP insurance, such as:
      • Accessing your insurance ID card
      • Creating your LifeWise portal account
      • Questions about your benefits or claims
      • General questions about using your ISHIP coverage
      • How to access in-network providers and pharmacies
  • General Employment Drop-In Advising
  • Fall 2021 International Graduate Student Mixer
    • Monday, October 18, 4-6pm (Door opens at 3:30pm)
      ASUW Shell House (Campus Map | Google Map)
      Registration is required by Thursday, October 14 at 11:59pm:

      New and continuing international graduate students, welcome and welcome back to the University of Washington! The International Graduate Student Mixer is an in-person event that provides you with an opportunity to:
      • Learn about key UW resources and meet staff members from campus units that serve international graduate students:
        1. Center for International Relations and Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE),
        2. Graduate School,
        3. International Student Services (ISS),
        4. Career and Internship Center,
        5. Counseling Center,
        6. Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS),
        7. UW Libraries,
        8. UW Recreation.
      • Network with fellow international graduate students from across the campus.
      • Enjoy dinner and win prizes through participating in games.
      Important note about COVID: To stay in compliance with university policy, all attendees will be expected to wear masks at all times (except for when eating), and will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results.

      The event is co-sponsored by Center for International Relations and Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE) and Core Programs in the UW Graduate School. For questions, please contact CIRCLE at

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