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.

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.

Upcoming Info Sessions

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

  • Wednesday, October 14: 4:00-5:00 PM *Online only
  • Friday, October 16: 9:00 – 10:00 AM *Online only

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 Info Sessions

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

  • Wednesday, October 21: 4:00-5:00 PM *Online only
  • Friday, October 23: 9:00 – 10:00 AM *Online only

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, October 28: 4:00-5:00 PM *Online only
  • Friday, October 30: 9:00 – 10:00 AM *Online only

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.

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.

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 2020, Winter or Spring 2021, 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 Student Fiscal Services tax workshops.