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 & J-1 international students register their presence at Penn. There are two parts to this process, known as the check-in procedure:
These steps must be completed after arrival in the US but within 20 days of the program start date on your I-20/ DS-2019.
F-1 transfer students must complete the check-in procedure within 15 days of the program start date listed on the I-20.