ISS Advisory Board Newsletter

Spring Quarter 2015


I hope you all had meaningful Spring quarter and now enjoying a quite start of Summer with the finals week and commencement behind us. 

It's time for our quarterly news letter and I am excited to share some wonderful updates below. Please consider submitting a proposal for the 3rd Annual International Education Week and take the Annual ISS Advisory Board Survey

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, we are open during Summer! We look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much for your continuous support!


Akane Yamaguchi, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of ISS


Quarterly International Student Population Statistics

Total Number of International Students Population Served: 331

  • New Students: 29
  • Continuing Students: 203
  • Students on Post-Completion or STEM Extension OPT: 95
  • % of International Students at UWT: 5.4%

Student Grades (from Winter '15)

  • Average GPA continuing undergraduates: 3.02
  • Average GPA continuing graduates: 3.65

# of Students Applied for Spring '15 & Summer '15 Graduation: 58

  • 37 of them applied for post-completion OPT 

# of Students on CPT: 10 

  • Beyondsoft Consulting (BS CSS)
  • Christopher Huang, CPA (MACC)
  • Davita (MACC)
  • Marjorie K. Heritages, CPA (MACC
  • Qualtrics (MSCSS)
  • Renaissance Consulting Group (BA Business)
  • SapphireView (BS CSS)
  • Tyemill (MSCSS)
  • Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (MSCSS)
  • Yareton Investments (MSCSS)
** We apologize in advance that we could not get our students' country of origin data for this newsletter.
Almost 3/4 of international students are undergraduate and the remaining 1/4 are graduate students.
Within the undergraduate international student population, majority of them continue to be transfer students with Junior or Senior status.
This chart shows which local institutions undergraduate international students transferred from.
International students are nicely distributed at similar percentages on major academic departments on campus. 
This is a chart of majors declared by both undergraduate and graduate international students. 

Staff Changes in the Milgard School of Business

Welcome, Annemarie!

We are very excited to welcome Annemarie Martin in the new position of International Student Counselor at the Milgard School of Business. Annemarie comes to us with lots of international advising experience at TCC, where for the past 7 years she has worked as the International Housing & Short-Term Programs Coordinator and PDSO (Primary Designated School Official). As the International Student Counselor in the Milgard School of Business, Annemarie will do F-1 and J-1 immigration advising and academic advising for international students in and applying to the business school.

Farewell, Jon!

Jon Dietzen has worked at UW Tacoma since March 2012 as the International Student Advisor/Recruiter for the Milgard School of Business. Jon's last day at UW Tacoma was this past Friday, June 12th as he recently accepted a new position with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a regional Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) representative. We will miss him and wish him the best in his new role!

Global Ambassadors Program

The ISS office received funding from the Enrollment Confirmation Fee Committee for four paid student positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully interviewed and hired four UW Tacoma students to serve as paid Global Ambassadors for the ISS office this coming year. Global Ambassadors encourage successful academic, campus, and personal/social transitions for newly matriculated international students to the University of Washington Tacoma. Additionally, Global Ambassadors will connect these students to resources and opportunities unique to their international status at UW Tacoma, and thereby enable them to succeed in all facets of campus life during their experience at our university.

H-1B Season

21 students (17 Master of Science in Computer Science and Systems, 2 Master of Accounting, 1 Bachelor of Computer Science and 1 Bachelor of Business Administration) successfully had their US employer apply for H-1B: Speciality Worker’s Visa to continue working in the U.S for up to 7 years. Some cases are already approved but some cases are still pending. Congratulations and best wishes for the rest of application process!

International Students Spotlight

Brazilian Exchange Students Intern at UW Tacoma for the Summer Quarter


UW Tacoma welcomes four Brazilian exchange students this summer quarter as interns under Professor Orlando Baiocchi. The students come to us through the Institute of International Education (IIE)'s Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. They are all focusing on engineering research, and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our campus!

Fulbright Student from Indonesia at UW Tacoma


Daniel Kristiyanto is one of UW Tacoma's international students and a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the Fulbright Indonesia Research Science and Technology (FIRST) Program. The FIRST Program awards scholarships to Indonesian students studying, teaching, or conducting research in the fields of science and technology. Kristiyanto is applying his scholarship to a Master of Science in Computer Science and Systems degree at the University of Washington Tacoma. Read more about his story on the UW Tacoma website here.

International Students Land Summer Internships

16 students from the Institute of Technology (2 undergraduates and 14 graduates) have landed exciting summer internship opportunities. Internship sites include: Agilysys, Amazon, Concur, FTI Consulting Software, Microsoft, Practice Fusion, Qualtrics, ReadyPulse, Salesforce, Tune, Tyemill.

Now Accepting Proposals for IEW 2015!

International Education Week (IEW) is celebrated across the world. The main purpose of this week is to recognize the value of International Education. It's part of an initiative by the Dept. of State and the US Dept. of Education.
Celebrating IEW at UWT is critical because the university seeks to educate students who can succeed in this ever changing global society. We would like the entire campus community to be part of celebrating this important week!
UWT IEW will be celebrated between Monday, Nov. 16 to Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Do you have a program you are planning during Autumn that perhaps can be tied to IEW? OR would you be interested in creating a new program to contribute to IEW? 
Here are some examples of previously held IEW events: presentation, lecture, panel discussions, poetry readings, film viewings, discussion groups, off-campus dining experiences at ethnic restaurants, tabling events, international trivia, pick up sports matches, displays, photo contest, language conversation tables and more. For a sample of last year's IEW at UWT, please refer to
 this page
We'd really appreciate for you to take a look at the
IEW Proposal Form, talk to your colleagues, students, friends and submit a proposal by July 1, 2015.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance!

ISS Advisory Board Survey

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