International Student Services

About Us

Contact an International Student Advisor

Have a question for an ISS advisor? Need to request an appointment? Want to update or make changes to your immigration status or information?

Submit the Have a Question form on the navigation bar to the right. If you are viewing this page on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the page to access the Have a Question form.

An ISS advisor will reply to your question or invite you to schedule an appointment within 2 business days.

Location & Contact Information

International Student Services is open all year, including the winter break, spring break, and all of summer quarter. The ISS is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and all federal U.S. holidays observed by the University. We do occasionally close the office a few times during the year for staff development or meetings, project days, or other campus events but we will post the information on News & Events as well as under Office Hours & Closures on our homepage.

Location: Schmitz Hall 459
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Phone: (206) 221-7857
Email: Submit the “Have a Question” form on the navigation bar to the right or scroll to the bottom of the page if you are viewing this page from a mobile device

Mailing Address:
The ISS mailing address is for immigration use only; any personal items for students mailed to the ISS will be returned.

Standard Mailing Address* Street Address for Courier Mail*
(UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc.)
International Student Services (ISS)
University of Washington
Box 355832
Seattle, WA 98195
International Student Services (ISS)
University of Washington
Schmitz Hall, Room 459
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195

Prospective (future) & Newly Admitted Students: Questions about admission to the UW? Newly admitted and have questions about your I-20? Contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Undergraduate Admissions: intladm@uw.edu, (206) 543-9686
  • Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS): uwgrad@uw.edu, (206) 685-2630

If you are not an international student currently enrolled at the UW, please see Other Contacts.

Contact the Insurance Counselor for ISHIP

For questions about the International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP), please contact:

Mr. Chris Dessert
stdins@uw.edu
206-543-6202
Wellness Resource Center in Hall Health Center , Room 187B.

Other Contacts

Future & Newly Admitted Students: Admission to the University of Washington and new student I-20 requests

First Year Programs for Undergraduate Students: Advising & Orientation programs, class selection & registration
First Year Programs: (206) 543-4905, fyp@uw.edu

UW Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS): 
International Welcome Weeks, Embark sessions, arrival information, homestay & temporary housing
FIUTS: (206) 543-0735, info@fiuts.org

International Faculty, Staff, & Scholars, and UW departments sponsoring overseas visitors for teaching or research: 
International Scholars Operations (ISO): (206) 685-8847, acadvisa@uw.edu

Internship, Research, and Training Programs 
If you are currently a student in your home country and you want to come to UW for research, internship, or training experience, review the research programs offered through International & English Language Programs.

UW English Language Programs: Improve English language skills, learn about American culture
UW International & English Language Programs: (206) 543-6242, ielp@uw.edu

UW Bothell: International students enrolled at the Bothell campus
Center for International Education: (425) 352-3876, uwbintl@uw.edu 

UW Tacoma: International students enrolled at the Tacoma campus:
UWT International Student Services: (253) 692-4762, uwtiss@uw.edu

UW Campus Partners: As part of our outreach efforts, the ISS staff would be happy to connect with departments by presenting or participating in events and meeting on campus. With limited staff, we will do our best to accommodate requests. Staff, faculty, and advisers can submit your request or invitation through our “Have a Question” form on the navigation bar to the right.

ISS Advisors and Staff:

Chris Dessert, ISHIP Counselor
Edward Farnham, program assistant
David Gerry, international student advisor
Jennifer Wascher, international student advisor
Kareen Kanjo, international student advisor
Keavy Schriver, alumni services coordinator
Kim Lovaas, director
Leana de la Torre, international student advisor
Marilyn Cole, international student advisor
Megan Serenco, SEVIS coordinator