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Pre-Arrival Email #8 of 8
"I told him... that Seattle was -- and I continue to believe is -- the center of the universe. I told him he would have a wonderful life here, that it was a place attracting fabulous, talented people."
- Nicholas J. Hanauer in Getting Big Fast

Whether you enjoy shopping, going to museums, listening to live music, or hiking in the mountains, you'll find a variety of fun things to do in Seattle. The biggest challenge will be deciding between the many options!

Don't forget: All students on F-1 or J-1 visas must complete immigration check-in with International Student Services (ISS) by attending their FIUTS International Student Orientation Session. Please update your U.S. contact information and submit your immigration digital document files at least one week before your scheduled orientation session, so that ISS staff can review your information.
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Neighborhoods and Famous Attractions
Seattle offers a variety of different neighborhoods for shopping, eating out, and entertainment. Each neighborhood has its own unique character. You can find a list of popular Seattle neighborhoods and their attractions in our International Student Handbook.

The most famous central attractions in Seattle are the Space Needle, Pike Place Market (where you can buy locally made food and crafts throughout the year), and Pioneer Square. You can take a virtual tour of Seattle's famous attractions and neighborhoods online.

During International Welcome Weeks, you'll have a chance to explore many of Seattle's most interesting neighborhoods and attractions during the FIUTS Seattle Challenge, a city-wide scavenger hunt on Tuesday, September 19.
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Would doctors & hospitals have the information they need to help you if you were suddenly sick or hurt in an accident? A card with your essential health & contact information for family/friends can make emergency care in the USA much simpler.

We recommend having this International Student Emergency Card with you while you are setting up new cell phone and email accounts, organizing housing, and learning about your health care and insurance options in the USA. Type in your data, print the card double-sided, and cut out and fold; it will fit in with your other ID documents.
Arts and Entertainment
Music, Theater, and Dance
Seattle is known for its varied and innovative music scene. Many famous bands, from Pearl Jam to Death Cab for Cutie, originated in Seattle. You'll find concerts, both large and small, going on in different neighborhoods nearly every night of the week. Seattle also offers regular theater, plays, dance, performance, and much more!

Visual Arts
The Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Flight, and Museum of Pop Culture are a few of Seattle's most notable museums. There are also many small art galleries. One of the best ways to discover local art in Seattle is to participate in one of the many Art Walks.

Seattle has a variety of sports teams including football, baseball, women's basketball, and men's and women's soccer. Most sports events offer discount tickets for students. Check here for a list of local sports teams.

Outdoor Recreation
Many residents come to Seattle for its close proximity to mountains and water. Located between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, you can find just about any outdoor activity. Favorite activities include hiking, sailing, biking, skiing, and camping.

Neighborhood Markets
In addition to the famous Pike Place Market, many Seattle neighborhoods host seasonal and year-round outdoor markets. These can be great places to meet up with friends and celebrate local flavors and community. The University District Farmers Market is Seattle's oldest and largest "farmers-only" neighborhood market, open every Saturday. Another nearby favorite, the Fremont Market, is open year-round on Sundays.

Events and Festivals
There are large events and festivals happening nearly every week in Seattle. Two of the most famous annual Seattle festivals are the Northwest Folklife Festival in late May and Bumbershoot Music Festival in early September, but there are many more! Check out a city events calendar here.

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Discover Seattle with FIUTS
FIUTS events, activities, outreach, and leadership programs are designed to help you make the most of your time here in Seattle. Through FIUTS programs, you can discover Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, share your culture with local residents, and make new friends.

A Fall Quarter Events & Activities calendar will be included in your welcome folder (which you will receive at your International Student Orientation Session). Once classes begin, check your weekly FIUTS email newsletter for further information on FIUTS programs. You can also visit our online FIUTS Events & Activities Calendar and like our Facebook page to receive regular updates and invitations to FIUTS events.
Important Insurance Information
International students are required to enroll in the International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) while attending the University of Washington. Autumn Quarter coverage begins September 1. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. before your insurance begins, you are advised to purchase additional short-term insurance coverage.

Please contact the ISHIP Counselor for assistance. Additional resources to help address your health insurance questions, including a list of some insurance companies with short-term plans can be found on the ISS website.
We look forward to seeing you during International Welcome Weeks starting Monday, September 11! As always, please contact us if you have any questions before you arrive.
See you very soon!
Amy Bergstrom
Manager of Student Programs
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