International Student and Scholar Services is dedicated to enriching the academic and cross-cultural experience of international students here at Penn. Through our programs, it is our hope that our students will be successfully integrated to the university life and fully prepare them to be global citizens when they leave Penn.
Programs for International Students at ISSS
International Student Orientation (ISO) is a program for all incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 student status. ISO is designed to help students understand immigration regulations and required procedures, and assist new students in adjusting to Penn.
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is one of the first student boards in the Ivy League, to provide the Director of International Student and Scholar Services and other administrators with advice and guidance to help make the university a more warm, welcoming and respectful environment for international students.
The Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP) has been designed to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to take on issues they are passionate about, learn more about communities different than their own, and make a lasting impact at Penn and beyond.
Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
The successful and well attended discussion series of 2009 is back to offer more exciting conversations! International students face unique challenges in adapting to living and learning in a new culture. We don’t want you to face those challenges alone!
Other Programs for International Students at Penn
The Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) enhances the ability of Penn students and other community participants to reach their fullest potential through diverse academic, personal, and professional development experiences
Career Services offers individual career counseling, job and internship resources, on campus recruiting and networking opportunities. To help international students connect with job and internship opportunities, Career Services provides access to databases of US employers who have sponsored international students in the past and of international opportunities, as well as career fairs and workshops geared to international students.
CAPS offers free and confidential services to all Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Our services include individual and group counseling and therapy, crisis intervention, structured workshops, psychological testing, medication reviews, and consultation. In general, our staff are experienced in working with international students. We also have an International Specialist on staff who, in collaboration with other CAPS staff and campus partners, facilitates the provision of outreach programs (e.g., International Student Discussion Series), group therapy (e.g., International Graduate Support Group), multilingual individual therapy (e.g., Mandarin and Cantonese), and consultation that are geared towards international students at Penn.
The Graduate Student Center (GSC) provides social, personal development and academic support activites for all graduate and professional students. GSC offers language chats and intercultural roundtables which give graduate and professional students the opportunity to engage in conversation with students from all over the world.
Each spring and summer, GSC offers online information sessions for incoming graduate and professional students, about international student questions, housing, health insurance and more. Log on from wherever you are in the world.
GIC is one of Penn's resources for enhancing student's intercultural knowledge, competency, and leadership through their programs, advising, and advocacy.
The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina promotes greater awareness of Latin@ issues, culture and identity at Penn. La Casa Latina works closely with the Penn national and international communities to offer a supportive environment where all students are welcomed and engaged in programs, events, and dialogues that address important issues affecting Latin@s locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) is a hub of academic, personal, and professional growth for University of Pennsylvania students (including international students) interested in Asian American culture and the Asian and Global Diaspora. Through advising, leadership development, advocacy, social and cultural programming we expand student access to the University's resources.
Held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester, this series helps international students transition to a new academic culture and learning environment by providing academic reading, writing and study strategies, and introducing helpful campus resources. The hour and a half workshops are an ideal space to discuss academic, language, and cultural topics.
Learning Instructors at Weingarten provide professional instruction in academic reading, writing and study strategies to all Penn students. In addition, Learning Instructors are experienced with helping international students navigate any cultural differences between Penn and their previous educational background.