Evans School International Students Association

Welcome to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance!

Our Student Services office can help connect you to various international student resources at the University of Washington.

If you are an international student, you must check in with the University of Washington’s International Student Services (ISS) before registering for classes. This office will provide the majority of your immigration and cross-cultural advising during your time at the Evans School. 

The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) provides an orientation for all new international students and programs and activities throughout the academic year, and maintains an international student handbook

You can also access information online about different things you will need to know about living in Seattle and being a student at the Evans School and the University of Washington.

Getting Around Seattle

  • Visiting Seattle 101: Provides electronic maps of the Seattle metro area and information on consulate and visas services, where to get Internet access, banking and money, and plugs and outlet standards
  • Student U-PASS: Allows students unlimited rides on King County Metro buses and other transit systems, plus discounts at local merchants
  • Metro Online Home Page: All the information you will need on buses, carpools, bicycle routes, and disability transit services in the Seattle metro area

Living in Seattle

Interning and Working in Seattle and the United States

  • International students have restrictions on the type of work they can do according to their visas. To find out any restrictions on your visa, talk with your sponsoring organization and the University of Washington’s International Student Services (ISS).
  • Evans School Career Development: Meet with Career Development at least once during each year of the MPA degree program for support and guidance. Appointments can be scheduled online through EvansJobs starting in the new school year.  

Evans School and UW Resources

  • The Evans School International Students Association organizes social and educational events to help international students adapt to life at the Evans School.
  • The Evans School has a number of other Student Interest Groups you can join to meet other students with similar interests. This is a great way to get involved in the Evans community!
  • Resources about applied research methods, literature reviews, working in teams, and presentation skills can be found on the Evans School Student Consulting Lab website.
  • The UW International Student Success website includes resources related to academics, health and wellness, language support, and more.
  • The UW Counseling Center has a helpful website about cultural shock, the impact of moving from a familiar culture to one that is unfamiliar. The center offers individual appointments as well as a Culture, Diversity, and Belonging group for international students to connect and share topics including cultural adjustment, academic stress, career considerations, time management, and more. 
  • The Odegaard Writing & Research Center has graduate and advanced undergraduate writing consultants who provide support with graduate-level writing.
  • Political Science and Public Policy Librarian Emily Keller is available to meet one-on-one to develop strategies and sources for research projects, answer questions via email, phone, or in-person, and can connect you with services available through the UW Libraries and beyond. 
  • The UW Libraries' Citations Styles and Tools website contains citation style guides, citation management tools, writing/grammar guides, and links to UW writing centers.


  • For more information about degree requirements and campus resources, contact Caitlin Blomquist at cmb23@uw.edu or 206.616.1613. 
  • For information about internships and career development, contact the Career Development team at evansjob@uw.edu
  • For information about visa policies and procedures, please contact your ISS advisor