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.

Introduction to F-1 Employment & Internship Rules

Do you know the rules about what kind of work or internship you are allowed to do 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 give you an overview of your employment and internship options as an international student in F-1 status.

Winter Quarter Info Sessions – Arrive early as space is limited to the first 30 people.

  • Tuesday, January 16 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)
  • Thursday, February 15 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)

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. 

Winter Quarter Info Sessions – Arrive early as space is limited to the first 30 people.

  • Thursday, January 25 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)
  • Wednesday, February 21 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)
  • Tuesday, March 13 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 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.

Winter Quarter Info Sessions – Arrive early as space is limited to the first 30 people.

  • Wednesday, January 10 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)
  • Thursday, March 1 at 3:30-4:30 pm (Schmitz Hall, Room 490)

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

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.

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

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.

Check back for future Information Session dates.