University of Washington

Office of Academic Services

Thomson Hall Room 111

Welcome to the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

A Primer for New Graduate Students

To help you plan your first quarter as a University of Washington student, the following resources will help you to navigate the steps needed to establish yourself as a graduate student of the Jackson School.

Establishing your UW NetID and Email Address

The UW NetID (Network Identification) is what will allow you to logon to university systems, use campus wi-fi, and register for classes. Your UW NetID is central to many processes at the University of Washington.

To obtain your UW NetID, Find the username and password you used recently to apply online to the UW. You will need them to create your official UW account. You can make sure you have the correct username and password by trying to login again to your online application account. If successful, you will see your online application activity page. Once you have these details, go here and follow the instructions. Frequently asked questions can be found here.

Remember: the UW NetID you choose will become the first half of your email address, and is permanent. Your NetID cannot be changed except under rare circumstances, so choose wisely!

Become Familiar with MyUW

MyUW is the front portal of University of Washington for anybody with a UW NetID. It is a simple and easy-to-use tool for accessing the web resources like registering for classes, checking your schedule, checking your email, and viewing your library accounts and other personal information. Based on your affiliations with the university, it anticipates what you may need by providing you a personalized set of resources. You can further customize it by including or excluding the resources you see listed, rearranging the content boxes, adding your favorite links in your custom boxes on any MyUW page, and choosing the appearance theme.

Below is an example of what a typical MyUW home screen looks like once you’ve logged in:

For full information on what you can do with MyUW, check out our help center topics here.

Get Your Husky Card

Once you have your UW NetID established, you will be ready to pay a visit to the University of Washington Husky Card Account and ID Center. Your Husky Card acts as your official student ID and also contains your U-Pass for riding the bus and light rail systems. You will need to have your student ID number and a photo ID when you visit the office, and details for where to go can be found here.

For more information on the Husky Card and what it can do for you, see here.

Complete your Hall Health Registration

All matriculated UW Seattle campus students, all students living in UW Seattle campus residence halls, and all students living in single-student apartments are required to provide proof of measles immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until they have satisfied the UW Measles Requirement. Hall Health Center oversees this program for the Registrar, and instructions on how to fulfil this requirement and register with Hall Health can be found here.

Hall health is an on-campus outpatient clinic offering care to UW students, employees, and the general public. Hall health accepts the UW graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Full information on services available can be found here.

Understand the Requirements of Your Program

To graduate from the Jackson School, you will need to fulfill the requirements of both your degree program and the University of Washington Graduate School. These requirements include taking and passing certain core courses, taking a minimum number of credits, and more. Students working towards their 2-year Master’s Degree should review the resources most closely related to their program:

Students working towards their Ph.D. should review the following:

Find and Register for Classes

Each graduate program in the Jackson School produces a handbook with course offerings for each quarter, listing relevant courses offered by both the Jackson School and other departments.

The Time Schedule is another important tool for selecting classes. It provides the most up-to-date information about instructors, meeting times, late-added courses, and changes or cancellations. If you find a discrepancy between printed information and the Time Schedule, in general it is a good idea to default to the Time Schedule.

Jackson School course offerings can be found under the College of Arts & Sciences, Jackson School of International Studies. Jackson School courses typically begin with the prefix JSIS.

Typically, students will use the information in their program handbooks and course requirements to see which classes are required, and then fill out their remaining available time (if any) with other courses that count towards the credit total of that program.

Time Schedule offers students the chance to learn more about classes and get real-time updates on how full a certain class is. Some classes will have a “>” symbol next to their designated line number. This symbol means that enrollment into this class is controlled by something called an “add code”, which can usually be obtained by contacting either the faculty member in charge of the class, or by going to the office of academic services. Usually, if a class requires an add code, Time Schedule will provide instructions on how to get it.

New students register during Period II (June 23-September 23). If you do not register for anything during this period, you will have to pay a late registration fee. Once you are registered for something, you can add or drop courses through the end of Period III (September 24-October 1). (You do not have to register for all of your classes at one time.) You are allowed only one course drop each academic year after the end of the second week of any quarter. For more information about the academic calendar and registration periods, please see the University of Washington academic calendar.

Tuition & Fees

For tuition purposes, most graduate programs at the Jackson school are classified as Tier I. Most JSIS graduate students take 12-16 credits per quarter (3 classes+ a one- or 2-credit colloquium). Tuition is the same for any number of credits from 7-18. Learn more about projected costs for graduate students at the University of Washington here.

If you take fewer than 7 credits a quarter, your tuition rate will be reduced, but any credits taken above the 18 credit limit will result in additional tuition fees being charged. Additionally, if you receive any form of financial aid (loans, fellowships, assistantships), you must register as a full-time student (a minimum of 10 credits). International students must generally also be registered for a minimum of 10 credits. For more information on requirements for international students, please see the Office of International Student Services website.

Your tuition payment is usually due by the third Friday of the quarter - Student Fiscal Services has full information on tuition at the UW.

Other helpful resources for JSIS graduate students:

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
326 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Joel Ngugi / Chair
Associate Professor, School of Law

Mary Kay Gugerty/Adjunct Director
Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

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