New international students are required to attend the four day orientation prior to beginning their studies at Cascadia. Orientations are offered every quarter and generally take place the week before classes start.  


Quarter Overseas Deadline Transfer Deadline Class Dates Orientation Dates
(subject to change)
Winter 2023 11/28
1/3 - 3/17 12/27 - 12/28
Spring 2023 2/20 3/13 3/27 - 6/9
3/20 - 3/23
Summer 2023 5/26 6/19 7/5 - 8/24 6/26 - 6/29
Fall 2023 8/18 9/11 9/27 - 12/16 9/18 - 9/21

We adhere to these deadlines, but late applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Orientation will last for the whole week,
so please make sure you do not plan anything else during this time.


See winter Quarter 2023 New Student Orientation

  1. English Foundations (EF) Orientation Schedule
  2. College-Level Orientation Schedule

Contact the International Programs Office as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend this mandatory orientation to setup alternate arrangement.

What to bring to Orientation

What to Expect at Orientation

  • Current valid passport
  • F-1 visa stamp (in your passport)
  • I-20 form
  • Your address and telephone number in the United States
  • A valid email address that you check regularly
  • Your Cascadia student ID number
  • Meet the IP staff and your fellow international students
  • Learn important information to be a successful student at Cascadia, such as:
    1. Immigration
    2. Health Insurance
    3. Academics
    4. Culture Shock
    5. Banking
  • Tour the campus to learn about the resources available to you
  • For students in our English Language Program, take our placement test to determine your level
  • Pay tuition and fees
  • Explore the greater Seattle area

Placement tests at orientation

Every incoming Cascadia student, both American and international, must take an English placement test before registering for classes. We have arranged for you to take the English assessment test as part of orientation, so please come prepared. The test takes about three hours to complete, and has sections on writing, reading, grammar and listening. You will need your passport or picture identification and your Cascadia student ID number to take the test, so please bring your acceptance letter with you. You may begin your studies with English Language classes, but if you score well enough on our placement exam, you will be placed into our college-level academic program. If you are placed into our college-level academic program, you will also be able to take the math assessment test prior to registration.


International Student Orientation Sign-Up Form

Sign Up for Orientation
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