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.

Click here to see 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 the ISSS office. (Students arriving for regular fall 2017 matriculation will select a document check time in iPenn on one of the following dates: August 21-25 & August 28)

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. 

 
Check back soon for ISSS orientation activities for international students.

For new freshman undergraduate students

Visit the New Student Orientation website for information.

All new undergraduate students must arrive on campus by Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30pm for Penn's mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO).

Beginning Tuesday, August 22 at 1:30pm, Penn offers non-mandatory, international-specific programming designed to help international students adjust to life at Penn. To take part in these activities, international students are encouraged to arrive on campus (free of charge) by Tuesday, August 22 (preferably before 12pm EST).

In June, the Office of New Student Orientation & Academic Initiatives (NSOAI) will contact new undergraduate international students requesting their campus arrival date and also provide additional information regarding early or late move in for students with extenuating circumstances (i.e. confirmed travel plans, accessibility issues, etc.).  Early move in fees may apply for students with extenuating circumstances.

Please contact the NSOAI Office () with any questions or concerns. 


For new graduate/professional students

Visit the Graduate Student Center website for orientation activities or visit the websites of your respective graduate schools for information on different school-specific orientation events. Registration opens July 1, 2017 for Grad Center orientation events!

    • Welcome Dinner 2016
    • Welcome Dinner 2016
    • Welcome Dinner 2015
    • Welcome Dinner 2015
    • Immigration Document Check
    • Immigration Document Check
    • Graduate Student Social Hour 2015
    • Graduate Student Social Hour 2015
    • Phillies Game 2015
    • Phillies Game 2015
    • Phillies Game 2016
    • Phillies Game 2016
    • Social Hour 2016
    • Social Hour 2016
    • Reading Terminal Market 2016
    • Reading Terminal Market 2016
    • APT Workshop 2016
    • APT Workshop 2016
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