Building International Student Integration Group BISIG

In Tagalog language, the phrase kapit-bisig stands for unity and working together towards a common goal. This phrase is the inspiration for a new initiative from International Student and Scholar Services to work together with members from across campus to successfully integrate international students into the fabric of the Penn community.


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    International Student and Scholar Services is a critical stakeholder in achieving successful international student integration, however we cannot do it alone – it must be a university-wide initiative.

    University resource centers, undergraduate schools and graduate/professional schools, as well as students are invited to be represented at BISIG. Not only will BISIG allow ISSS to compile what is currently in place to support the international student community, but the platform will allow members to have a direct line to each other to better communicate and collaborate with a mission to create a cohesive support network for international students throughout campus.


    BISIG Member Roles & Responsibilities

    • Gain an understanding of the landscape of current international student challenges and advocacy

    • Explore opportunities for collaborative initiatives with ISSS and with other members

    • Advise ISSS on integration programming and communication for international students

    • Connect with colleagues at centers and schools to share information, resources, and coordinate on partnership initiatives

    • Help to cross-promote events and initiatives to international students

    • Meet 2 – 3 times per calendar year


    For any questions about BISIG, please contact ISSS Associate Director for Integration & Community Engagement, Dr. Yuhong He at