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 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.

  • 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. 


Orientation events for new international students for Spring 2018 have ended. Thank you for participating!
 
Campus Tour

Monday, January 8, 12:00 - 1:00pm | Meet at Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

Join us for a quick tour of campus and see some of the most important highlights like where to study, where to find activities, and where to eat. We’ll stop by Perry World House, the Graduate Student Center, Van Pelt Library and the Penn Bookstore where you can obtain your PennCard.


International Student Social Hour

Tuesday, January 9, 5:00 - 6:00PM  |  Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

Welcome to Penn! Join ISSS at the International Student Social Hour and meet new Penn international students. Enjoy food and drink while playing Penn Trivia to test your knowledge about your new school! Representatives from ISSS and different Penn resources will also be present to welcome you. Welcome to Penn!



One Liberty Observation Deck & Center City Philadelphia

Saturday, January 20, 12:00pm - 3:00pm  |  Meet in front of 3440 Market Street

Cost: $10 

Get a bird's-eye-view from the top of one of Philadelphia tallest buildings! You'll see as far as the eye can see of the "City of Brotherly Love", which recently became a UNESCO World Heritage City. Before getting your view of the city, we'll visit the famous Reading Terminal Market for some traditional American treats and foods, and pass by City Hall for some photos!
Space is limited. Advanced registration and payment required. May purchase up to 2 tickets. Sorry, no refunds.

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    • Spring 2018 Social Hour
    • Spring 2018 Center City Trip
    • Spring 2018 Center City Trip
    • 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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