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International Welcome Weeks
Pre-Arrival Email #4 of 8
Hi --FNAME--!

The FIUTS orientation team is working hard to prepare for your arrival. In this week's email, we will introduce some highlights from the FIUTS International Welcome Weeks program for new international students.

Don't forget: Graduate students need to register for your FIUTS International Student Orientation by July 31! Register on the FIUTS website.
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FIUTS International Welcome Weeks
FIUTS International Welcome Weeks is an important way to start off your UW experience. At International Welcome Weeks, you will learn about resources available to you as a UW student, discover Seattle, and befriend students from around the world through fun and memorable events!

Fall 2017 International Welcome Weeks* take place September 11-22 and include information sessions, social programs, activities, campus tours, and more. During International Welcome Weeks, all students on a F-1 or J-1 visa need to attend one International Student Orientation Session, during which you will complete your compulsory immigration check-in process, learn more about maintaining your visa status while you study, and prepare for your cultural transition to the UW and U.S. Information about the International Student Orientation for the various student levels (freshmen, transfer, exchange, and graduate and professional students) is available on the FIUTS website.

*If you're a freshman participating in Early Fall Start, be sure to attend EFS International Student Orientation on August 20. You are also encouraged to participate in International Welcome Weeks programming in September!
ISS Tip of the Week:
Do you know the signs of a scam? Click on the graphic for more information on how scammers can trick you.

Fake “Police” Call Scam:
  • says they are an officer with the police or a U.S. government agency
  • tells the student to pay large sums of money immediately
  • threatens students with arrest or deportation
  • frequently know students' names, and other personal information

The real police or government will never demand money on the phone! These types of calls are fake! They are criminals trying to steal your money by scaring you.

A professional thief can fake their caller ID with software to say “Police” or “Name of Government Agency” (examples, USCIS, IRS, ICE, CBP).

What to do if you get this kind of call? Do not pay!
  • Do not buy gift cards to pay a threatening caller!
  • Do not give callers your credit card numbers!
  • Do not use Paypal or Western Union or other payment services​​​​​​​
International Welcome Party
The International Welcome Party on Tuesday, September 19, is your official welcome to the University of Washington! Celebrate the completion of the Seattle Challenge (more information on the Seattle Challenge will be shared in a future email) or just join us for the party to meet other new international students and scholars. The celebration will feature music, food, and prizes. You'll get a chance to meet other new students and hear from distinguished speakers from FIUTS and the university community.

The International Welcome Party will be held at the Centilia Cultural Center, a wonderful community space in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. Students participating in the Seattle Challenge will end their scavenger hunt at the party; others are welcome to join starting at 4:30 p.m.
If your parents are coming with you, they are welcome to attend as well. There will also be a special session for parents beginning at 9 a.m. the same day in the HUB, room 250.​
Information Sessions
In addition to your required International Student Orientation Session, there will also be opportunities during International Welcome Weeks for you to learn more about a variety of campus resources available to you as a student. A Resource Fair on Tuesday, September 19, will allow you to interact with many different campus offices, all in one room. This will be followed by more than 40 information sessions offered from September 20-22. The information sessions are a great time to ask questions and learn more about everything from how to use your health insurance, to banking in the United States, to exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. You will have an opportunity to meet UW students, staff, and community members who are eager to welcome you and share resources with you for your success.
You will receive details about the check-in process and additional International Welcome Weeks events in upcoming e-mails. In the meantime, you can check out the International Welcome Weeks Schedule for more information. Please let us know if you have any questions, and don't forget to join our Facebook group, created just for you: FIUTS UW International Students.

We are so excited to meet all of you this fall! 

Amy Bergstrom
Manager of Student Programs at FIUTS
Join the FIUTS UW International Students Group on Facebook
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