All new international students on F-1 or J-1 visas at the University of Washington Seattle are required by the university to attend one Embark session, organized by FIUTS in collaboration with the UW International Student Services office and other campus offices. Embark is a session during which you will connect with other new and returning students, prepare for your cultural transition to the UW and U.S., and learn more about maintaining your visa status while a student at UW. Embark sessions are offered as part of your international welcome programming in the quarter you are entering UW:

SUMMER 2019 INTERNATIONAL WELCOME WEEKEND (June 21-23, 2019): Embark will be held on Friday, June 21. Please register to confirm your attendance and share your preferred name. **This registration link is only for the June session. If you are arriving in Fall, please see the bottom of the page for the link to register for a Fall Embark session.**

FALL 2019 INTERNATIONAL WELCOME WEEKS (September 10-20, 2019)You will choose one Embark session from multiple offerings during International Welcome Weeks. See below for registration options.

EARLY FALL START 2019: If you are participating in the Early Fall Start program, you will attend Embark on August 25, 2019. You do not need to attend an additional Embark session during International Welcome Weeks in September.

WINTER 2020 INTERNATIONAL WELCOME WEEKEND (January 3-5, 2020): Embark will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020. Registration will open for this session during fall quarter.

SPRING 2020 INTERNATIONAL WELCOME WEEKEND (March 27-29, 2020): Embark will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020. Registration will open for this session during winter quarter.

Fall 2019 Students Only

The below options for Embark sessions are for students entering UW Seattle in Fall 2019. If you are arriving for Summer 2019, please register above for the session for your quarter.

You may register for either a session that is specific to your student level or for one of the sessions that is open to any student. We offer both types of sessions to accommodate student schedules. In addition, some students like to attend a session with other students at the same academic level, while others like to meet people of all levels. Doctoral students are also welcome to attend master’s-focused sessions if the doctoral session will not fit in their schedule.


First-time university students

  • Friday, September 13, 2-5 p.m., HUB Lyceum

  • FULL Wednesday, September 18, 2-5 p.m., Kane 210

  • FULL Thursday, September 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kane 210


Degree-seeking undergraduates who have previously attended another college or university

  • Tuesday, September 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Alder Auditorium


Students pursuing a master’s degree at UW, not as part of a Study Abroad exchange program

  • Thursday, September 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., HUB Lyceum

  • FULL Monday, September 16, 2-5 p.m., HUB Lyceum

  • FULL Wednesday, September 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kane 210


Any non-exchange student is welcome to choose one of these sessions instead of a session for their academic level

  • Tuesday, September 10, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., HUB Lyceum

  • Wednesday, September 11, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., HUB Lyceum

  • FULL Friday, September 20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., HUB Lyceum


Students pursuing a doctoral degree at UW, not as part of a Study Abroad exchange program, and scholars visiting UW for research or independent study (usually post-degree and not taking classes)

  • Friday, September 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., HUB Lyceum


Students studying at UW for one quarter to one year through a UW Study Abroad program. All Exchange Students should plan to attend this session and do not need to register for it.

  • Tuesday, September 17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kane 210

Students who have previously attended UW within the past two years, either returning to their degree program or changing academic status (from an undergraduate to a graduate program, for example) may waive the Embark requirement but must email orientation@fiuts.org to request an exemption. Please include your UW student ID or Net ID in your email.