International Student Services

Information Sessions

Information Sessions

  • Information sessions are like a class.
  • An ISS adviser presents a “lesson” about a topic, usually with a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Students should arrive before the Info Session start time. Late arrivals usually cannot be accommodated.
  • There is opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the set presentation.

Transferring Your SEVIS Record

Are you graduating from UW in June and starting a new degree at another U.S. school in summer or autumn? Are you transferring from UW to another U.S. school to finish your current degree?

You must request a transfer of your F-1 U.S. government SEVIS I-20 record to your new school before you can begin full-time studies there. This information session will review the steps to a successful SEVIS I-20 transfer.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Attendance will be limited to online only – see our event calendar for registration and Zoom meeting room information.

  • Thursday, May 28: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Are you interested in obtaining permission to work off campus in a job related to your degree? Learn about Optional Practical Training (OPT), a form of work/training authorization for current F-1 students and students who will graduate soon. Learn who qualifies for OPT as well as how and when to apply.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Attendance will be limited to online only – see our event calendar for registration and Zoom meeting room information.

  • Wednesday, April 29: 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 13: 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 27: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 10: 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24: 3:30-4:30 pm

STEM OPT Extension

Are you currently authorized for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and want to learn how to extend your work authorization? Learn about the STEM OPT Extension, a form of work/training authorization for current F-1 alumni who earned certain STEM degrees. Learn who qualifies for STEM OPT as well as how and when to apply.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Attendance will be limited to online only – see our event calendar for registration and Zoom meeting room information.

  • Thursday, March 12: 5:00-6:00 PM *Online only
  • Thursday, April 16: 5:00 – 6:00 PM *Online only
  • Thursday, May 14: 5:00 – 6:00 PM *Online only

Introduction to F-1 Employment & Internship Rules

Take this opportunity to learn the rules about what type of work or internship are allowed in the U.S. as an international student in F-1 status.

  • Are you allowed to work?
  • Volunteer?
  • Do paid or unpaid internships?
  • Do you need a Social Security Number to apply for jobs?

Learn the answers to these questions and more. This information session will provide an overview of employment and internship options for international students in F-1 status.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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. Learn who qualifies for CPT as well as how and when to apply.

Final Quarter Info Session

Will you graduate in the coming academic year? Are you interested in learning if it is ok to be part-time your final quarter?

International students graduating Autumn 2019, Winter or Spring 2020, please attend the Final Quarter Info Session. Learn who qualifies for part-time status as well as how and when to apply. For further information, please see the Graduation: Final Year Checklist.

Tax Workshop Schedule

Visit our Tax Workshops page for a schedule of ISS tax info sessions, Q&A sessions, and Student Fiscal Services tax overview sessions.