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On behalf of the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, I would like to welcome you to the University of Washington! We are thrilled that you are joining our community.
Your international student orientation program is produced by FIUTS, a non-profit organization that was founded on the UW campus in 1948 to promote international understanding through friendship. My name is Brianna Mercker, and I am the Manager of Student Programs at FIUTS. I will send you an email each week until you arrive with important information about your orientation, the UW and Seattle. Please send me an email if you have any questions.
Orientations at the University of Washington 
Many orientation programs are offered at the UW for newly admitted students and scholars. Depending on your level and program you may have more than one orientation to attend.

Freshmen and Transfer Students: You should attend a minimum of TWO orientations: The FIUTS International Student Orientation and a First Year Programs Advising and Orientation Session.

Graduate Students: You will probably attend two orientations: The FIUTS International Student Orientation and a departmental orientation.

Exchange Students: You will attend FIUTS International Student Orientation and a special session for exchange students at 2:30pm on Tuesday, January 3rd in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220 (before FIUTS Orientation). 
FIUTS International Student Orientation 
Winter Quarter boat cruise facilitatorsInternational Student Orientation is January 3rd-8th, 2012. At Orientation you will learn about the UW and the U.S., meet new people, and have an opportunity to begin exploring our beautiful region. You will also receive information on immigration, UW resources, health care issues, and the fun of living in Seattle!

FIUTS Orientation activities are optional, but we do hope that you will participate as much as your schedule allows. Everyone should plan to attend the official Orientation on Tuesday, January 3rd from 3:30-6:00pm in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220. All international students are required to pay the $70 Orientation Fee regardless of attendance.

You can preview the entire Orientation Schedule online!
HousingDue to high demands, finding a place to live can be a challenge, especially if you are not familiar with Seattle. It is your responsibility to secure permanent housing, whether on or off campus.

Short-term Homestay: The FIUTS Homestay Program is a cross-cultural friendship experience between an international student and an American host. As part of this program, you will spend up to one week in the home of a volunteer host. Your host will pick you up at the airport (if their schedule permits), and assist you during your first few days. Please note: The deadline to apply for a homestay is Monday, November 28th. Even if you already have secured long-term housing, you are welcome to participate in the FIUTS Homestay program for your first week in Seattle.

On-campus Housing:
If you are considering living on campus, you should apply for housing now. Apply as soon as possible because your housing assignment is based on the date your completed application is received. There is a $500 damage/security fee required at the time of application. Should you decide not to live in the residence halls, a percentage of that money will be returned, depending upon the date you cancel your application. If you live in the residence halls and your room is not damaged during your stay, the entire deposit will be returned to you. Visit the Housing and Food Services website to learn about options apply for housing

Off-campus Housing: The Off-Campus Housing Affairs (OCHA) Office is a student-run resource for finding off-campus apartments and houses. Nordheim Court offers affiliated UW housing within walking distance to campus. The following public sites are also commonly used: Craig's List and Seattle Times Classifieds. There is also a housing board in the FIUTS office with local apartment listings.

Long-term Homestay: If you would prefer a longer homestay (three months minimum) with a host family, opportunities are available through Abode Homestay.

Hotels: If you need a place to stay for a few days, you can find a list of hotels and housing options on our website.
This is the first in a series of emails you will receive each Friday from FIUTS about pre-arrival topics. Please don't hesitate to contact the FIUTS office if you have any questions before you arrive.

Once again, congratulations on your decision to study at the UW!  We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle on January 3rd! 


Brianna Mercker
Manager of Student Programs
Foundation for International Understanding Through Students  (FIUTS)

website: www.fiuts.org