UW Graduate School

International Graduate Students

UW Core Programs works to hear and address the needs of international graduate students through resource sharing and tailored programming. We know it can be challenging for anyone to navigate the multiple offices and units at a large university. Working with tri-campus partners, we curate resources you may need, and help to point you in the right direction. If you ever cannot find what you are looking for, please reach out — we love hearing from you and continually work to make our centralized resources more responsive to you.

Resources for International Graduate Students

All UW graduate students (master’s and doctoral) have access to any of our Graduate School resources, regardless of where your graduate program is located. Some of the campus-based resources are limited to students enrolled at that campus (UW Bothell, UW Seattle, UW Tacoma) due to student fee restrictions. Check out the Tri-Campus Resources for Grad Students and Advisors page from Core Programs for more details about Bothell and Tacoma campus units.

Exploring Diverse Careers (Ph.D. students)

Offers online resources and workshops on exploring career options beyond academia.

Administrative Support & Resources
  • Graduate Enrollment and Management Services (GEMS)

Provides advising to graduate students on Graduate School policies and processes in matters related to student academic progress and graduation.

Provides visa and immigration advising to international students who are at the UW on F or J student visas including lawful status, employment and travel policies. One-on-one advising is available.

Provides a variety of services including: Class registration (except for students in fee-based programs who register through PCE or the individual program); Official transcript; Enrollment verification; Classroom schedules, etc.

Tuition and fees billing and postings, disbursement of aid, and payment acceptance for students on all three UW Campuses; Monitors student tax information and provides appropriate forms for students to file tax returns

Awards and coordinates all major financial aid and loan programs for graduate and professional students as well as need-based institutional grant programs.

Provides low-cost legal representation and advice to UW Seattle students (located in HUB 306); See Brochure online.

Serves as a resource for international student exchanges with a commitment to collaboration, ethics, and professionalism.

Academic Support & Resources
  • Your Graduate Program

Program specific supports: academic guidance; faculty advisors and mentors; peer support; Research tools and resources

Provides consulting on statistical software tools, qualitative analysis tools, data management, data access, and scienctific publications.

Offers free statistical advice to UW community including research design, data visualization, and statistical method development.

Supports researchers through development and maintenance of curriculum and career development education, including free membership and survey tool RedCap.

Provides information and guidance on funding resources for graduate students, by degree level, disciplines, and citizenship status.

Finding Your Community

Official student government that represents all graduate and professional students on campus. GPSS advocates for and supports graduate students through professional development and community building activities.

FIUTS connects university students to local and global communities through programs that build international awareness, cross-cultural communication, and informed leadership; See International Student Handbook online.

Growing Your Teaching Skills

International TA Program: Workshops at the annual TA/RA Conference; individual consultations for international TAs; a collection of online teaching resources

Launching Your Careers

Workshops for Career Development, One-on-one Career Counseling, Career Fairs, Networking Events, HuskyJobs (online job & Internship search system), Workshops and online resources specific to international students

Taking Care of Yourself

Starting points for students in distress and in need of multiple levels of support to encourage academic success by building relationships and connecting to resources. Other critical services are also available to support students experiencing distress including The Student Care ProgramThe Suicide Intervention ProgramSARVIS (Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence, Information Service) and Alcohol and Other Drug Education.

One doctor appointment per quarter, drop-in nurse consultations, and crisis counseling that are available at no further charge, ISHIP 1-on-1 counseling

Free, confidential short-term individual, “Culture, Diversity and Belonging Group”, couples, & crisis counseling, career assessment (for a small fee), light therapy, referral, and consultation

Provides a safe environment for voicing concerns and developing constructive options for addressing challenging situations through consultation and assistance.

Night Ride; Husky Nightwalk; Personal safety information; Violence Prevention and Response Training; Hotline: 685-SAFE.

On-campus housing options for graduate students are plentiful and varied. Singles and families are encouraged to contact Housing & Food Services for information.

Professional Development Events

Core Programs also features a quarterly professional development workshop for international graduate students with support from campus partners. Communication skills are key to all students in academic, professional and social settings. In particular, international graduate students can face challenges in a new cultural context. Moving from a different culture and being multilingual, it can help to hear from faculty and fellow students regarding effective strategies for participating in small group discussions, presenting ideas or papers in class or at conferences, communicating with faculty, and navigating the workplace.

We include current and past programming at the link below. Past programs include links to program resources, often including blogposts informed by highlights from the speakers. Core Programs looks forward to meeting you at an upcoming event!

Past Programming & Events

Winter 2019

Event details forthcoming.

Autumn 2018

Building Effective Communication Skills: A Workshop for International Graduate Students

The workshop is co-facilitated by doctoral candidates who have combined professional experience in working with English-as-Second-Language students, public speaking, and teaching. This workshop aims to help international graduate students:

  • Learn about cultural differences and communication styles
  • Discuss communication skills in and out of the classroom
  • Practice tips for effective communication and networking skills
  • Develop strategies for real world communication situations in academic, professional and social settings
  • Connect with fellow students to build a community

The event is co-sponsored by Core Programs in the Graduate School, GPSS and FIUTS.

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Workshop Presentation | Communication Strategies Handout | Public Speaking Tips

Welcome Reception for International Graduate Students

New and returning international Master’s and Doctoral students, welcome and welcome back! Join Core Programs for a start-of-the-year celebration with good food and beverages. This is an opportunity to connect and celebrate your graduate school journey.

We all deserve a joyful time of relaxation and connection so come to this event! During the reception, several returning graduate students shared pearls of wisdom from their grad school experiences. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Spring 2018

Year End Celebration for International Graduate Students

Core Programs in the UW Graduate School celebrated year-end celebrations with continuing and graduating international graduate students!

It was a great opportunity to spend time with peers, celebrate your achievements, and enjoy good food & refreshments!

This event celebrated UW International Graduate Students and was open to staff, faculty, and students’ family and friends!

The event is co-sponsored by Core Programs in the Graduate School, GPSS and FIUTS.

Careers beyond Academia: Insights from Professionals with Graduate Degrees

Are you a graduate student (master’s or doctoral) or postdoc and thinking about potential career paths beyond the UW? Attend this 3rd annual workshop to hear from a panel of speakers who have earned graduate degrees and are now working in fields ranging from government to industry.

The following topics were addressed at the workshop though moderated panel discussion.

  • Learn career insights from professionals working in fields ranging from government, non-profit, and industry
  • Hear strategies for making the transition from graduate school to non-academic careers
  • Gain an understanding of workplace culture beyond academia
  • Network with speakers and fellow graduate students and postdocs during the reception
  • Enjoy free food and refreshments

Panel Speakers:

  • Sumit Basu, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Microsoft Research
  • Tylor Corwin, Master in Sociology, Casey Family Programs
  • Tanya Daigle, Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Jesse Freedman, Master in History, Google
  • Nathalie Voisin, Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This workshop is co-sponsored by Core Programs in the Graduate School, GPSS and FIUTS.

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Event Flyer | Event Program | Relevant Blogposts

Winter 2018

Communicating with Faculty: A Workshop for International Graduate Students

Join us for an interactive workshop with faculty members and senior international graduate students from across disciplines to develop your strategies for communicating effectively with faculty. At this workshop, you will have opportunities to:

  • Learn fundamental communication styles and strategies
  • Collaborate in small groups facilitated by faculty members – to discuss communication strategies in the following topics: asking for help/funding opportunities from advisor or other faculty members; getting a mentor or forming your committee; chatting with faculty in social settings and more
  • Connect and network with fellow international graduate students

This workshop is co-sponsored by Core Programs in the Graduate School, GPSS and FIUTS.

*Many thanks to International Graduate Student Advisory Board (IGSAB) members who contributed greatly to planning this workshop.

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Event Flyer | Event Presentation | Relevant Blogspots

Autumn 2017

Building Effective Communication Skills: A Workshop for International Graduate Students

The workshop was co-facilitated by doctoral students who have combined professional experience in working with English-as-Second-Language students, public speaking, and teaching. This workshop aimed to help international graduate students:

  • Learn about cultural differences and communication styles
  • Discuss communication skills in and out of the classroom
  • Practice tips for effective communication and networking skills
  • Develop strategies for real world communication situations in academic, professional and social settings
  • Connect with fellow students to build a community

The event is co-sponsored by Core Programs in the Graduate School, GPSS and FIUTS.

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Event Flyer | Event Presentation | Relevant Blogposts

Past Programming & Events

2016-2017

Spring 2017

Working in Industry with A Graduate Degree – Insights from Professionals

The following topics were addressed at the workshop though moderated panel discussion.

  • Learn career insights from professionals working at Microsoft and Amazon
  • Hear about ways to make the transition from graduate school to industry
  • Get an understanding of workplace culture in industry
  • Network with speakers and fellow graduate students and postdocs
  • Enjoy free food and refreshments during the reception

Panelists: Moderated by Dr. Kelly Edwards, Associate Dean for Student and Postdoc Affairs

  • Dr. Sumit Basu, Principal Researcher, Microsoft
  • Dr. Luna Dong, Principal Scientist, Amazon
  • Dr. Roopesh Ranjan, Senior Research Scientist, Amazon
  • Dr. Jessica Tran, Design Researcher, Microsoft

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Event Flyer | Event Program | Relevant Blogposts

Winter 2017

Communicating with Faculty – A Workshop for International Graduate Students

For international graduate students, communicating with faculty from a different cultural context can be stressful when you are unsure about how to communicate. This event introduced different approaches to make this process easier.

At this workshop, a panel of faculty members from across the disciplines have:

  • Shared insights on how students can communicate effectively
  • Discussed strategies to minimize, and navigate, miscommunication

Following the panel discussion, students got an opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with panelists about their concerns and develop their own strategies for communicating with faculty.

Panelists: Moderated by Ziyan Bai, Graduate Research Assistant at the Graduate School

  • Mari Ostendorf, Professor, Electric Engineering
  • Wendy Thomas, Associate Professor, Bioengineering
  • Xiaosong Li, Professor, Chemistry
  • Kelly Edwards, Professor, Bioethics
  • Jennifer Tee, Graduate Advisor, Public Health

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Event Flyer | Event Program | Relevant Blogposts

Autumn 2016

Communication Skills for International Graduate Students

Co-Facilitators: Monica Cortes Viharo, School of Drama & Ziyan Bai, College of Education

The workshop was co-facilitated by doctoral students who have combined professional backgrounds in working with English-as-Second-Language students, public speaking, and teaching. The workshop aimed to help international graduate students:

  • Learn about cultural differences and communication styles
  • Discuss communication skills in and out of the classroom
  • Practice tips for effective communication and networking skills
  • Develop strategies for real world communication situations in academic, professional and social settings

Relevant Downloadable Documents: Event Flyer | Event Handout | Relevant Blogposts

2015-2016

Spring 2016

Working in Industry with A Graduate Degree – Insights from Microsoft Research Professionals

Industry Panel Featured:

  • Dr. Sumit Basu, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
  • Dr. Hrvoje Benko, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Winter 2016

Communicating with Faculty – A Workshop for International Graduate Students

Faculty Panel Featured:

  • Gino Aisenberg, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Gojko Lalic, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • John Sahr, Professor, Electric Engineering
Autumn 2015

Communication Skills for International Graduate Students

Co-Facilitators: Monica Cortes Viharo, School of Drama & Ziyan Bai, College of Education