Welcome to the Penn community! Let ISSS guide you from preparing for your journey to settling in on campus. The gray navigation to the left can get you started.


Let ISSS prepare you for your journey to Penn. This section includes information on your arrival to the US and transit to campus as well as some general preparations and a printable pre-departure checklist.


Non-Penn Sponsored International Students and Scholars

Dr. Rudie Altamirano, ISSS Director, is happy to meet with you for your orientation meeting. 

    • Welcoming Community
    • Welcoming Community

Academic Life

How does university life in the US differ from your home country? Information about higher education here as well as the rules and regulations of Penn are found in this section.

Getting Started at Penn

You have arrived! Now what? Housing, eating, shopping, and exploring Philadelphia are just a few of topics covered here. Let ISSS help you get acclimated with this in-depth section on some of the essentials you will need upon arrival to Penn and Philadelphia.