New F-1 Students

Next steps of admission

Congratulations on your admission to UW Bothell! We are here to advise you not only on your immigration status and benefits, but also campus and local resources to help you have a successful transition to university life. If you are new to the U.S., we can also help you adjust to the U.S. culture and new academic environment. Questions?

Before You Arrive to UW Bothell:

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Setup Your MyUW NET ID and UW Email

Your MyUW account is your access to many resources you will need as a UW Bothell student. Your NET ID will also be your official UW email address. 

Enrollment Confirmation

Admitted undergraduate students are required to submit a nonrefundable $100 deposit to confirm their admission. Once you enroll, the $100 will be credited toward your first quarter’s tuition. Questions or troubles? Check out these step-by-step directions on how to use the online portal.

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UWB I-20

A registration hold will be on your account until we receive your request for your UW Bothell I-20. If you are transferring from another school in the U.S., you must complete the Initial I-20 request at after you receive the invitation email. Questions? Email us at

Measles & COVID-19 Vaccination

Submit your UW Immunization & Vaccine information online to Hall Health. You must prove you are immune to measles & COVID-19 to attend UW. Questions? Email

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Register for UW Bothell Orientation

Attendance is Required. Students arriving into the U.S. on an initial I-20 can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before their program start date listed on their I-20, so plan accordingly.

Undergraduate Students: You must sign-up online to attend an Advising & Orientation (A&O) session, which is for all new undergraduate students. At A&O, you will meet your Academic Advisor to review your transfer credits and register for classes. The orientation will also include a special International Student Immigration session, that you are required to attend. 

Graduate Students: You will attend a special International Graduate Student Immigration session, and have a chance to meet current students in your program.  

Review the Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students

Completion of the Pre-Arrival Guide Quiz is required for all first year students. 

This helpful guide will provide you information on how to apply for your F1 visa, prepare for your arrival to Seattle, use on/off-campus housing resources, find campus resources, understand important U.S. laws, and more!

Graduate Students:  We also encourage you to review the U501 Graduate School Online Orientation prior to your arrival.

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Whether you are looking to live on or off campus, we encourage students to confirm your housing before you arrive to Bothell. 


Undergraduate Students: Send your official College and/or High School transcript to the Office of Admissions as soon as your in-progress course work is completed and graded.  Do not open the transcript, as once it is opened it will not be considered official documents.  A registration hold will be on your account until the transcript is received.

Graduate Students: Please consult with your department on specific instructions. 

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Math Placement Test

First Year Students Only. UW Bothell offers placement testing in mathematics. The test is designed to assess your mastery in math so you don’t have to take courses you don’t need. 

Plan Your Arrival

We strongly encourage you to arrive to Bothell in time to attend your A&O Session, International Student Immigration Orientation, and on-campus move-in (if applicable).

You may also consider attending an Education USA Pre-Departure Orientation near you!

After You Arrive to UW Bothell:

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All new undergraduate students (and their families) are encouraged to attend the Fall Quarter Convocation. This is an event that welcomes new students to UW Bothell.

Welcome Week Events

Every Fall Quarter, various events are held during the first few weeks of the quarter to help welcome new students to campus. All students are welcome.

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Attend Orientation

Undergraduate Students: You must attend your A&O Orientation, which will include a required Int’l Student Immigration session. 

Graduate Students: You must attend the Int’l Student Immigration Orientation and your department orientation.

UW International Student Insurance Plan (iSHIP)

Enrollment in iSHIP is required by Washington State law, and is part of the quarterly class registration process in MyUW. ISS encourages you to purchase the Annual coverage to ensure insurance during your vacation quarter.