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January 2015 Activities and Events

Date/Time Description Location


Thurs. 1/15

1pm - 2pm

Successful Strategies for Class Participation

Class participation is something that we all struggle with. The classroom culture in the U.S. may be very different from your home country and being aware of how to participate here at Penn will help facilitate your academic success. Dr. Rudie Altamirano, Director of ISSS, will present this invigorating workshop that highlights the difficulties, challenges, and strategies of class participation.

ISSS Conference Room, 3701 Chestnut St., Suite 1W

Register Here

Fri. 1/16

1pm - 2pm 

Practical Matters for Life in the US

Adjusting to a new environment can be difficult! In this presentation, ISSS will provide a general overview of some practical matters such as banking, obtaining a driver’s license or state ID, social security number, housing and transportation.

ISSS Conference Room, 3701 Chestnut St., Suite 1W Register Here
Tuesday, 1/20 or
Thurs 1/22
6:30 - 8pm

Academics Plus workshop: Active Reading and Critical Thinking

Hosted by Weingarten Learning Resources Center

WLRC - 3702 Spruce St., Suite 300 Learn More and Register
Fri. 1/23
12 - 1pm

Social Justice and Communication - Presentation by Dr. Rudie Altamirano

Exploring the role of communication in framing and contributing to issues of social justice, and ways in which communication enables inclusive and equitable communities within American society.

Hosted by Penn Global and Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs

Penn Bookstore, 2nd Floor Meeting Room Register Here

Fri. 1/23 3-4:30pm
Mon. 1/26
6:30 - 8pm

Academics Plus workshop: Effective Note-Taking from Lecture

Hosted by Weingarten Learning Resources Center

WLRC - 3702 Spruce St., Suite 300 Learn More and Register
Fri. 1/23
11am - 3pm

GIC Wellness Day - Come re-blance, relax with friends, eat hearty food, connect with beloved community, and just kick it --  you're worth it!

Hosted by Greenfield Intercultural Center

Greenfield Intercultural Center - 3708 Chestnut St. Learn More about GIC
Thurs. 1/29

American Football 101 - Learn about the basics of one of America's favorite sports! Just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1, learn about the basics of the game from Penn Football staff.

Hosted by ISSS and Penn Football

Meet at 12:15pm at ISSS.

Workshop location: Dunning Coaches' Center, Directors Board Room - 231 S. 33rd St.

Register Here


February 2015 Activities and Events

Date/Time Description Location Link
Tues. 2/3
3:30 - 5pm

International Student Discussion Series (ISDS) : Effective Planning and Time Management

Hosted by ISSS and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS - 3640 Market St., 1st Floor West Register Here
Fri. 2/6 - Sun. 2/8 Ivy League International Students Networking Conference (ILINC) - All international students from Ivy League universities are invited to this third edition of ILINC. This year's theme will focus on "Building Global Connections"  Free for Penn students.
 Hosted by Assembly of International Students (AIS)
University of Pennsylvania

Register Here

ILINC website

Spring 2015 Workshops

ISSS is pleased to offer OPT workshops for F-1 students in two formats:  In-Person and Webinar

In-Person workshops will take place at ISSS - 3701 Chestnut Street.

Webinars are online workshops. You will receive a webinar link prior to the workshop.

In-Person     Webinar  
Date Time       Date Time
Tuesday, January 27 1:30 - 2:30pm   Wednesday, January 21 11:30am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, February 11 1 - 2pm   Friday, February 6 3 - 4pm
Monday, February 16 3:30 - 4:30pm   Thursday, February 10 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Friday, March 6 1 - 2pm   Thursday, February 19 11 - 12pm
Thursday, March 19 12 - 1pm   Friday, February 27 1:30 - 2:30pm
      Tuesday, March 3 11:30am - 12:30pm
      Tuesday, March 17 4 - 5pm
      Tuesday, April 14 12 - 1pm

Students are expected to have a basic understand of OPT. View information about OPT here:

REGISTER for OPT workshops here

Workshops for Penn Department Administrators

Spring 2015 workshops to be announced. Check back soon!