As a host to over 6,000 international students and scholars from all over the world, The University of Pennsylvania is a truly global university. Students from China and India make up nearly half of the international student population at Penn. The growing international student community brings in vibrancy and diverse perspective to the university and it is the mission of ISSS and the university to ensure that all are welcome and fully supported.
Forerunner prepares newly accepted Penn international students for their journey to the US as well as their academic and extracurricular experience. Participants will hear from Penn staff about how to be successful in and out of the classroom and the campus resources that will help them along the way. Current students will facilitate small group discussions, providing insight into their Penn experience and sharing different ways to get involved in student organizations. This program allows for new students to make connections not only with each other, but also with current students, Penn staff, and alumni.
Topics of sessions and group activities during the one-day program include:
- Student life
- Academic Leadership
- Classroom Culture
- Developing a Social Network
- Adjustments to Life at Penn and in the U.S.
- Information about Campus Resources
Registration is required to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend the program, but you are responsible for your own transportation and lodging.
See what past participants had to say about Forerunner:
“Excellent and meaningful.”
"It was great to meet with faculty, senior students and alumni. Their instructions and experience about study and life at Penn are really helpful."
"The Forerunner program gave us an opportunity to have a glimpse of the Penn experience. Hearing from current students and faculties was extremely helpful to get us better prepared for college. Also, we got a sense of Penn's supportive community through the event.”
“My Forerunner Experience was an amazing one! Having met wonderful fellow incoming students, both undergraduate and graduate, and having heard advice from upperclassmen that had various academic and extracurricular backgrounds, I feel like I came out of Forerunner with more understanding of life at Penn and more friends whom I can meet with on Penn’s campus. The information I gained in lectures, the fun Penn trivia, and the relaxing lunch and breaks all make Forerunner an excellent program for any student new to Penn.”
Forerunner is an initiative by Penn Global International Student and Scholar Services in partnership with Penn schools, centers, and students across campus to make this a university-wide initiative.
Thank you to all 2018 Sponsors!
International Student and Scholar Services
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