Yes. The University’s Board of Regents mandates that international students attend both programs.
All new international students are expected attend the orientation program, offered through the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS). You will be charged a nonrefundable fee on your first tuition bill — regardless of actual participation. The international student orientation program will help acquaint you with the UW and how the education system works, as well as U.S. customs and lifestyles, visa and immigration matters, the Seattle area, and other UW students.
The Advising & Orientation session, offered through First Year Programs, is a separate program that is also required for all new UW students. A&O sessions focus on degree requirements and the registration process at the University, as well as allows you the opportunity to meet with academic advisers, new and current UW students, take placement exams, and attend workshops on housing and other campus resources.