International Students

International students are eligible and highly encouraged to participate in College Edge! As an international student, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Become familiar with college life and routines
  • Make friends with other new students
  • Earn five credits and get a head start on academics
  • Acclimate to life at UW and familiarize with the city of Seattle 

Important Travel and Immigration Dates

College Edge is offered in-person this August 2024. First-year students participating in College Edge should use their autumn quarter I-20 to enter the U.S. There is no separate I-20 or different start date for students taking College Edge courses.

All international first-year students with an autumn quarter initial I-20 may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date listed on the initial I-20 — no sooner than August 17, 2024. You should not travel to the U.S. early to participate in College Edge. If you will receive a transfer pending I-20 from the UW, you are exempt from the 30-day entry requirement and you may return to the U.S. at any time. Please make your travel plans accordingly. 

For more information about the I-20, refer to the New Huskies to-do list or email International Admissions at


International students can register for any College Edge course that interests them. There are two types of courses to choose from:

  1. English 108 Writing Courses help prepare you for college-level study by improving essential reading, writing and communication skills.
  2. Discovery Seminars are intensive arts and sciences courses that offer an in-depth exploration of a specific subject.

Ways to Engage

The Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE) is an on-campus hub of resources for UW International Students. Find and make friends, engage in academic and professional coaching sessions, attend events and find a sense of community with CIRCLE. Students can engage with the CIRCLE community before they get to campus!


FIUTS is a nonprofit organization originally founded on the University of Washington campus and focused on promoting international understanding and community. FIUTS will help you connect with international and American students, members of the local community, and alumni around the world who are passionate about cultural exchange and curious about the world around us. As a center of international culture that links campus with community, FIUTS delivers programs to a diverse range of constituents that promote cross-cultural understanding, global culture, and respect for diversity.

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