Student Life


How do you sum up a world-renowned university with a thriving, diverse campus located in one of America's most dynamic cities? A friendly and active place that is influenced by many peoples and cultures but remains unique? That is the challenge of describing what it's like to be a student at the University of Washington.

In this section we will try to show you what makes the UW and the surrounding area so special. We'll also provide you with information allowing you to take advantage of everything this place has to offer. Check out the following pages to learn more about transitioning to the United States, becoming an IELP student and having a great experience.

Arrival Information

This section contains tips for entering the United States and for your first few days at the UW. Here you'll find information on customs, getting from the airport to campus, and orientation and welcome receptions, as well as details about the climate, appropriate clothing and more.

Student Activities

Here are a few ideas for groups and activities that you can get involved with outside of class that will help you make friends and become a part of the UW community.

Things to Do in Seattle

This page describes just some of the many fun and interesting things to do and see in the Seattle area. We even asked some recent IELP students to recommend some of their favorites.

Student Resources

This list of links, organized by category, will be helpful in accessing the many different services and resources available to you as an IELP student at the University of Washington.

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