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Arrival & Orientation

Arrival and Orientation

You've made the decision to study at Highline and you have your visa in hand - what's next? Come on over! We recommend you arrive in Seattle at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter. You have a lot to do before you start your academic life, so give yourself some time to relax and get comfortable!

Next Steps Information Brochure

For students coming to Highline College's new student orientation, please take a look at the information brochure that will help you plan for your travel to Seattle and your new life at Highline.


Make Your Travel and Living Arrangements
After you receive your visa, you can make your flight arrangements. Please send an email to to let us know when you plan to arrive (date, airline, flight number and arrival time) so we can greet you at the airport! You also need to decide if you want to live in a homestay, short-term housing, or apartment and make appropriate arrangements.

Get Settled
Arriving two or three weeks early will give you some time to settle into your housing. You can take advantage of the time to look around the city, tour the school, and rest from your flight!

Use our student resources page to help you set up your life in Washington. If you need to create new telephone service, take the bus, search for a job on campus, or find restaurants in the area, look here first!

Report to the International Student Programs (ISP) Office
When you arrive at Highline, your first stop should be the ISP office on the 5th floor of the library. Bring your passport, I-20 and local address in the USA. After we make copies, we'll give you a copy of your application fee receipt so you can take the placement test.

Take the Placement Test
All students at Highline must take the placement test before registering for classes. This test will determine your ability in reading, writing and math so you can choose the correct class levels. You should plan to take the test the week before classes begin, but make sure you are not suffering from jet lag! You want to be well-rested for the test in order to get an accurate score.

Register for Classes
After you take the placement test, you will attend a Technology Seminar to learn how to register for class and meet with an ISP advisor to talk about your goals.

New Student Orientation Week
There is a week of activities and seminars to help you get used to your new life here. The week before school starts, we'll have a Check-in and Campus Tour, Technology Seminars, and social events.  Check here for important dates.   All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation Week!  During that week we will tell you more about medical insurance, international student procedures, U.S. government regulations, campus events and other important information.  During this time, you'll get to meet other Highline students and make new friends! 

Read the International Student Handbook
You may have a lot of questions about life in the U.S., and our student handbook can help you be successful on and off campus! Learn about banking, immigration, academic expectations, health concerns, safety, and much more.

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