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.

Scroll down to see ISSO events and activities for new international students!

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:

  1. Complete the tutorial in iPenn (You can complete the tutorial before you arrive in the US.)
  2. Complete the arrival form in iPenn (After you arrive in the US.)
  3. Bring your immigration documents for immigration document check at ISSS.  Select a 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.

  • Bring your immigration documents to ISSS
  • Visit the ISSS office to have your immigration documents checked and report your physical presence at Penn. Select a time in iPenn, and bring your original documents:

    • Passport
    • F-1 or J-1 US Entry Visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)
    • I-94 (whether a hard-copy paper card; or electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport)
    • I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by Penn
    • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from previous program, if applicable (This is required for transfer students)
    • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

    We recommend getting your PennCard before bringing your documents to ISSS. If you don't have your PennCard, please bring your PIN number.

International Student Social Orientation (ISSO)

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.

Visit this page in July 2016 for information about Fall 2016 ISSO activities.


If you are an entering freshman or transfer undergraduate student, click here to visit the New Student Orientation page. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 is the official move-in day for international freshman undergraduate students.


For first-year graduate international students, ISSS activities for orientation will begin the week of August 22. For activities hosted by the Graduate Student Center, please visit their website. You can also check with your specific academic department to see if there are orientation activities within your department.