International Student Services

Information and Q&A Sessions

International Student Services offers two kinds of group advising sessions: Information Sessions and Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions.

Information Sessions

  • Information sessions are like a class.
  • An ISS advisor presents a “lesson” about a topic, usually with a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Students must pre-register for Information Sessions to ensure space for all attendees.
  • 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.

Q&A Sessions

  • An ISS advisor will be available to answer all questions related to the scheduled topic.
  • Students can come in any time during the session.
  • Students can stay for a portion or the entire time.
  • There will not be a formal presentation.
  • Pre-registration is not required.

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 Information Sessions

Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am: Sign up for this session (Space is limited so pre-registration is required; must arrive promptly at start time)
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Upcoming Q&A Sessions
Topic: “Employment”
Questions can be about OPT, CPT, on-campus employment, etc.

Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm: Drop in anytime during the session
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Date: Tuesday, June 6
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Drop in anytime during the session
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

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.

Upcoming Information Session

Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am: Sign up for this session (Space is limited so pre-registration is required; must arrive promptly at start time)
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Upcoming Q&A Sessions
Topic: “Employment”
Questions can be about OPT, CPT, on-campus employment, etc.

Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm: Drop in anytime during the session
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Date: Tuesday, June 6
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Drop in anytime during the session
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Introduction to F-1 Employment

Would you like to learn about your eligibility to work in the U.S.?  Interested in jobs on-campus or off-campus, or perhaps both?  This information session will give you an overview of your employment options as an international student.

Upcoming Q&A Sessions
Topic: “Employment”
Questions can be about OPT, CPT, on-campus employment, etc.

Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm: Drop in anytime during the session
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Date: Tuesday, June 6
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Drop in anytime during the session
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

Final Year Information Session

Graduating soon? Is this your final year?

The International Student Services Office will be conducting a “Final Year Information Session” for F-1 international students. Planning ahead is critical to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the UW to your next destination. Students will learn important information about maintaining F-1 status regarding enrollment, employment, graduation, and much more!

Guest speakers from the Counseling Center, Career & Internship Center, and Registrar’s Office will also come talk about how to prepare for returning to your home country, seeking employment, and getting your diploma. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

Check back for future Information Session dates.

Upcoming Q&A Session
Topic: “Final Year”
Questions can be about planning for post-graduation work authorization (OPT), part-time registration in final quarter, grace period, SEVIS transfer, etc.

Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Schmitz Hall 490

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.

I’m Sick, now what? ISHIP Basics

Please check back for future information session dates.

Need to get your flu shot?  Have a cough or cold?  Ready to use your medical insurance but aren’t sure how or where to go?  In this information session, we will cover the basics of the International Student Health Insurance Plan.  Find out what your benefits are.  Where you should go to make the most of your medical insurance.

International Health Insurance Counselor, Chris Dessert, will be leading this information session.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required.