Admitted International Students

Congratulations on your decision to join us at Puget Sound!

We have provided the information below to help prepare for your arrival on campus. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  

The Office of International Programs will begin processing new I-20's in late May each year.  In order to issue your I-20, the Office of International Programs must receive a copy of your passport and financial documentation in original format certifying that you have sufficient funds to attend Puget Sound for one academic year (2 semesters).


Once you have confirmed your enrollment with your deposit, International Programs will begin to work on your I-20 or DS-2019 packet. 

F-1 Students: To issue your Puget Sound I-20, International Programs needs the following:

  • Proof that you have sufficient liquid funds for the first year of your studies at Puget Sound. Begin by filling out the International Student Certification of Finances form (you should receive a link to this form from your Admission counselor). You must also supply supporting documents that prove that you, your parents or your sponsor's have, in liquid funds, sufficient money available to pay your cost of attendance (minus any scholarships) for your first year at Puget Sound. Liquid assets means funds that are readily available for payments (i.e., checking or savings accounts). Investment accounts do not reflect available funds and will not be accepted. Accepted documents for proof of funds include: an official letter (on letterhead and signed) from your, or your family's, bank confirming the amount you have available in liquid funds; or a bank statement (or statements) clearly stating the amount of liquid funds available; or some combination of the above. If you provide a statement, or statements, from a parent's or other sponsor's bank account, be sure they have signed the International Student Certification of Finances on page 3 indicating that they agree to make these fund available. 
  • Copy of your Passport ID Page
  • If in the U.S. already, a copy of your most recent U.S. Visa
  • If transferring your I-20 from a U.S. high school or college, a copy of your most recent I-20

Student Visa

Once you are admitted to Puget Sound and have paid your tuition deposit, you will receive form I-20 from the International Programs Office along with information for obtaining an F-1 student visa. International exchange students will receive form DS-2019 to obtain a J-1 Exchange visa. Please consult the U.S. embassy in your home country for the visa application procedure. All international students coming to Puget Sound must have a valid student visa before entering the U.S.  Take a look at this webpage for more information on applying for your Visa.

Medical Health Insurance

Medical health insurance is required for all international students. Puget Sound registers students in an insurance plan administered EIIA. Students are billed through their Puget Sound financial account. 

If you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan, you can request a waiver for the International Student Health Insurance Plan by providing documentation of comparable primary insurance.

Housing and Registration

Housing and registration information can be found on your MyPugetSound portal. We encourage you to make housing arrangements and register for classes as soon as possible, as spaces fill up quickly. Please note that the University of Puget Sound is primarily a residential campus and requires all students to live on-campus for their first two years with the university.


International Student Orientation takes place from 8 am to 4 pm on the first Friday of orientation, prior to the start of the full New Student Orientation program. International students are permitted to move in to their residence halls a day early, on the Thursday before orientation. International Student Orientation is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students and optional for all dual citizens and Third Culture Kids.

I-Connect Program

Our I-Connect program partners each incoming international student with a current Puget Sound student to ease your transition to the campus community and provide support and encouragement for life at Puget Sound.

Arriving on Campus

The closest airport to our campus is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). International Programs can help provide transportation upon your arrival.  If you're arriving within normal business hours, we can pick you up at the airport.  Outside of regular business hours, International Programs can help arrange a shuttle service for you.  Contact us about you specific arrival arrangements.

Upon arrival on campus, please see Eowyn Greeno in the International Programs Office, Howarth 215, to check in, validate your visa documents and complete the Intake Form.

You can find further helpful information regarding your visa status, academics, practical matters, etc. in the International Student Handbook.