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A Global Community

MSTI students come from countries across the world bringing diverse experiences and perspectives.

Hear from International Students

International students represent more than 70% of the student population at GIX. Our alumni and students come from 18 countries and regions around the world: United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Portugal, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Paraguay, Estonia, Russia, Pakistan, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan. Each student brings unique insights into GIX.

Learn how Yun and her team worked together to develop a camera that helps improve waste sorting.

Learn how a background in design and computer science enables Yujie to design, build, and launch.

Resources for International Students


The Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE) is the UW’s primary portal to resources, community, and activities that help international and domestic students maximize their Husky experience, together. CIRCLE streamlines critical resources for international students to improve the quality, consistency and efficiency of UW’s international student support. In partnership with UW Academic Support Programs, CIRCLE offers one-on-one meetings with a success coach. CIRCLE also offers drop-in hours to help students stay engaged and informed throughout the quarter, as well as a variety of engagement programs including, Tuesday Tea, International Husky Send-offs, Global Leadership Series, etc. For more information, please visit the UW CIRCLE website.



The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) is an organization on UW Campus which connects university students to local and global communities through programs that build international awareness, cross-cultural communication, and informed leadership. FIUTS offers year-round activities and trips that provide great opportunities for making new friends and having fun. Their social programs are primarily designed for UW graduate and undergraduate students, as well as visiting faculty, scholars, and IELP students (Campus & Downtown). FIUTS also offers a comprehensive range of programs serving international visitors and the Puget Sound community including homestays, mentoring, leadership development, educational outreach, orientations, and cultural events. For more information, please visit the FIUTS’s website.

Key Application Requirements for International Students

The Master of Science in Technology Innovation program welcomes and encourages international applicants. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or permanent resident. International applicants must meet all Admission Requirements for the program.

  • Visa Status

    International students must have or be eligible for a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. For more information, review the citizenship and visa status section on the Graduate School's application process page, and contact Graduate Enrollment Management Services at or 206-685-2630 if you have any questions.

  • English Proficiency Requirement

    Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The Graduate School’s Memo 8 describes several different ways you can do this.

    If you’re submitting TOEFL scores, please note that the MSTI program recommends higher minimum scores than the UW Graduate School requirements which are listed here.  The MSTI program recommends a TOEFL iBT score of 100, along with a speaking score of at least 26. For IELTS, the overall score requirement is 7, and the MSTI program recommends a minimum speaking score of 7.5. Scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854; no department code is needed. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.

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