We are here to help answer some of the questions and issues you will face as you settle into your new surroundings.
Life in the United States
It is a challenging, stimulating, and sometimes difficult process to leave home and live in a different country and culture. Every culture has different rules about appropriate behavior, social norms, and expectations. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. Let ISSS help you through this process.
One way to make the most out of your time here and help you adjust to your new surroundings is to get involved. There is a wide array of clubs, programs, and organizations representing many interests. Please visit the Student Programs section of this site for International-related organizations and programs or the Campus-wide Resources for clubs, organizations or programs available throughout Penn.
Penn is a diverse community of scholars and students and there are many opportunities for you to meet people with similar academic, social or cultural interests. The Office of Student Affairs and the Graduate Student Center can help you connect with these groups.
If your family is with you here in Philadelphia, you will have many things to consider beyond academics. Please visit Resources for Families for information on family and partner support.