International Student Services

May 7, 2020

Travel Planning, Information, and Warnings

As you know, travel restrictions and travel options continue to change daily. Before you make any travel decisions, whether to leave the U.S. or return to the U.S., please review the following: Monitor the news for the most current updates on travel. Review our COVID-19 FAQs. Check travel restrictions for the country you plan to…


Off-Campus Summer Internships

Are you interested in getting permission to work off campus in a job related to your degree? Are you planning to find an internship (paid or unpaid)? If so, you will need to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), a form of work authorization for current students. Review CPT information about who can qualify for…


Vacation Eligibility for Summer Quarter

Eligibility Criteria If you can answer yes to all three questions: Did you enroll full-time for autumn quarter 2019, winter quarter 2020, and spring quarter 2020? Do you intend to register full-time for autumn quarter 2020 and beyond? Did you work on-campus less than 20 hours per week for autumn quarter 2019, winter quarter 2020,…


April 29, 2020

Coronavirus-related IRS scams

Taxpayers should be aware of IRS impersonation phone calls, texts, and fraudulent emails about stimulus payments under the CARES Act passed by U.S. congress. As a reminder, the IRS will not call, email or text an individual to verify financial, banking, or personal information. The official IRS website is www.IRS.gov; please be aware that there…


Graduating in Spring – Travel Rules

The expiration date on your I-20 is just an estimate. If you will graduate earlier than the expiration date, your F-1 status in the U.S. ends earlier as well. Travel rules change when you graduate. The travel rules after graduation will depend on whether you apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). We encourage you to…


April 15, 2020

Government Reporting Starts Next Week!

Every quarter, ISS is required to send the U.S. government a report on all our international students. The information in the report comes from your address and class registration information in MyUW. Contact Information Check now that your phone number, U.S. address, and home country address are all correct in MyUW. Enrollment Requirement Undergraduate Students…


Select Annual ISHIP Insurance, if in the U.S. for Summer

Are you currently covered through the International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP)? Are you graduating in June and planning to stay in the U.S. after graduation for grace period or OPT? Are you a continuing student and planning to stay in the U.S. for your summer vacation quarter? Enroll in annual ISHIP coverage now! ISHIP…


Spring Graduates: Apply for OPT Now!

Spring graduates, if you hope to have work authorization immediately after the quarter ends, you should apply for OPT now! U.S. government processing takes at least 3 months. For application instructions and more information, visit our OPT webpage. We recommend you apply now! Although USCIS accepts applications up to 60 days after graduation, here are…


Virtual Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a program that connects UW students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center and Hall Health without an appointment. Counselors hold drop-in hours via Zoom videoconferencing to provide insight, solutions and information about other resources. Let’s Talk drop-in visits are free, confidential and there is no appointment necessary. Let’s Talk…


April 8, 2020

Course Drop Instructions; Full-time Rules & Exceptions

Starting the week of April 6th, remember: MyUW will not allow you to drop a course online. To drop a course, complete the online ISS course drop eligibility assessment and submit any required forms. A $20 fee is charged for course changes. The tuition forfeiture period begins. This means that if you drop a course…


The Targeted Learning Communities Program

Are you taking a reading- or writing-intensive class? Is English your second, third, or fourth language? Then consider joining the Targeted Learning Communities (TLC) program. The TLC program aims to support international and multilingual students as they navigate American classrooms and cultures. The program enables small groups of students to meet weekly for an hour…


Complete the U.S. Census

Did you receive the U.S. Census form? Are you wondering if you should complete it? The answer is yes–everyone should complete the U.S. census form. April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as…


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