Our programs

Important COVID-19 Update: Please read the latest updates on CIRCLE’s programming and operations in light of COVID-19.

CIRCLE offers a variety of programs to support and engage UW undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the programs featured on this page are in collaboration with other UW units to ensure students take full advantage of the resources and services available at the University. Please refer to the CIRCLE calendar for additional information on program dates and locations.

Student support

Success Coaching

In partnership with UW Academic Support Programs, CIRCLE offers one-on-one meetings with a success coach. The success coach is a peer who works with students to help build general skills for success. Topics include:

  • Effective study strategies
  • Transitioning to the UW
  • Time management skills
  • Setting and working towards goals
  • Finding campus resources
  • Motivation

Mary Kay Grossblatt is the CIRCLE success coach, and she is able to meet with student at Academic Support Programs or CIRCLE.

Schedule an Appointment

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a program that connects UW students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center and Hall Health without an appointment.

Counselors hold drop-in hours at CIRCLE and can help provide insights, solutions and information about other resources. Let’s Talk drop-in visits are free, confidential and there is no appointment necessary.

Let’s Talk offers informal consultation – it is not a substitute for regular therapy, counseling or psychiatric care.

Learn More: Let’s Talk


CIRCLE offers Zoom drop-in hours to help students stay engaged and informed during remote quarters. Students can connect with CIRCLE staff to discuss their current topics of interest and to get their questions answered.  This is a great opportunity to get the latest information from UW and to stay connected during the remote quarter. Please refer to the CIRCLE calendar to view the weekly CIRCLE Chats schedule.

See the CIRCLE Calendar

Student engagement

Tuesday Tea

Tuesday Tea is a time to come together, de-stress and engage in meaningful conversations with peers and guests. Swing by CIRCLE to grab a cup of tea and practice mindfulness, chat with friends or get some work done. Occasionally, we will invite a guest from various campus departments to have tea with us. Please refer to the CIRCLE calendar to learn if there will be a particular guest during a Tuesday Tea.

See the CIRCLE Calendar

International Husky Send-offs

International Husky Send-offs are informational sessions for international students in their home country to help prepare them for their transition to UW. Send-offs are hosted in public spaces during the summer, and are organized in collaboration with the UW Alumni Association, student organizations and other UW departments. Send-off locations are usually posted early in the summer. Students will receive an invitation to attend and are encouraged to bring their family members if they wish to.

For more information, visit the International Husky Send-offs page on the New Huskies website.

Learn More: International Husky Send-offs

Global Leadership Series

In partnership with the UW Career and Internship Center, CIRCLE has worked to organize the Global Leadership Series. The Global Leadership Series spotlights prominent UW alumni across different industries from around the world. Each meeting gives students an opportunity to chat, learn from, and connect with a global leader. Whether you are looking to establish a career abroad or want insight on professional life after UW, the Global Leadership Series is a great way to network and learn from successful UW alumni first-hand.

Student advocacy

Student Advisory Board (SAB)

The CIRCLE SAB is an undergraduate international student committee that offers guidance from CIRCLE’s professional staff on dealing with the unique needs of the international student population at the University of Washington. SAB is a year-long volunteer position that offers leadership development and advocacy experience to students. Any undergraduate international student is welcome to apply. Applications are available during spring for the following academic year – check back here for updates and a link to the application as spring approaches.

Meet the SAB