New Student Check-in and International Student Social Orientation (ISSO) is for all incoming F-1 or J-1 international students, including undergraduate, graduate, professional, transfer, and exchange students, as well as those returning from leave.
Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements
Federal regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students register their presence at Penn, by completing check-in with ISSS:
- Complete the tutorial in iPenn (You can complete the tutorial before you arrive in the US.)
- Complete the arrival form in iPenn (After you arrive in the US.)
- Bring your documents for immigration document check at the ISSS office. (Please select an available document check time in iPenn)
If you are unable to complete any of these requirements for any reason, please complete the arrival form and contact ISSS for further instructions.
ISSO consists of activities and events hosted by ISSS that help new undergraduate and graduate international students adjust to their new home at Penn. There are workshops, excursions, and opportunities to meet other new international students as well as information about important campus resources.
For new freshman undergraduate students
Visit the New Student Orientation website for information about New Student Orientation for all new Penn undergraduate students.
For new graduate/professional students
Visit the Graduate Student Center website for orientation activities and visit the websites of your respective graduate schools for information on different school-specific orientation events.