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ISSS produces a variety of webinars, workshops, and videos on immigration- and integration-related topics. This page will be updated regularly as new videos become available. Please note that some of the information contained in webinar and workshop recordings may have changed by the time you view them.
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Watch a special Fall 2020 welcome message from President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. Video credit: Nexo Productions
Immigration, Employment, and Taxes
This webinar provides an overview of things to keep in mind while preparing for international travel to or from the United States and reminders for the Spring 2021 semester.
During this session, we provided some basic tips for visa interview success and responded to some of the frequently asked questions on this topic. Recorded 5 August 2020.
This webinar featured Jane Goldblum (Goldblum & Pollins Law Firm) and H. Ronald Klasko (Klasko Immigration Partners, LLP), who discussed timely issues related to current and future immigration policies. Recorded 29 June 2020.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience in the U.S., complementary to the academic program. This webinar provides an overview of OPT work authorization, as well as some of the special considerations and the timeline for Spring 2021. Webinar recorded 26 January 2021.
This webinar provides an overview of on-campus employment options for F-1 and J-1 international students and clarifies what is and what is not considered "on campus." It also covers the Social Security Number (SSN) application process and addresses some considerations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Webinar recorded 10 November 2020.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." This webinar provides an overview of CPT. Recorded 20 October 2020.
Learn how to fill out Form I-765, the Application for Employment Authorization, which you'll need to to request employment authorization and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Originally uploaded 16 November 2018.
Learn how to fill out Form I-983, one of the most important documents for STEM OPT students. Originally uploaded 16 August 2017.
Sprintax is a tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, their dependents and alumni. The information session provides an overview of tax filing for nonresidents. Recorded 22 March 2019.
This webinar discuss the U.S. Government's stimulus payments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and how they concern international students and scholars. It also covers the process for filing an amended tax return. Recorded 19 April 2020.
Integration, Wellness, and Adaptation to Penn
The University of Pennsylvania is home to a vibrant global community with over 130 countries represented. Penn prides itself on the innumerable achievements and contributions of our international students, scholars, faculty and staff that make "The Red & Blue" a song for all.
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During this welcome event, new international graduate and professional students heard from current Penn students as well as representatives of ISSS and the Grad Center at Penn. Recorded 28 August 2020.
This event was hosted by ISSS and the Assembly of International Students (AIS) as part of the Fall 2020 New Student Orientation for International Students. Recorded 24 August 2020.
Forerunner Global was hosted live from July 27-31, 2020 and was designed to prepare newly accepted Penn international students and their parents for life as members of the Penn family. For more information about Forerunner Global and the panelists featured in each of the videos, please visit the Forerunner website.
Welcome to Penn! In this video, high-ranking University of Pennsylvania administrators will welcome you to the Penn family and give you a preview of the many resources available to you as a Penn international student.
In this session, current University of Pennsylvania international students act out some of the scenarios you may encounter at Penn. Administrators in the areas of safety, wellness, academic resources and immigration give their advice and perspectives on how to navigate these challenges.
In this session, you'll hear advice from Penn faculty and staff on how to stay engaged in your coursework - whether you're in Philadelphia or beginning your Penn journey from home - and strategies for success in and out of the classroom.
During this session, a diverse set of alumni from across the globe share their perspectives on the Penn experience and give you invaluable advice on how to make the most of your time at the University.
During this parent information session, you will learn about what Penn is doing to keep your students healthy, safe, and thriving at Penn even under this year's unusual circumstances.
This discussion on international student wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic was sponsored by CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) and the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) and was recorded on November 11, 2020.
Over the course of four Fridays, we discussed tips for international student success and wellness with one of our on-campus partners as part of our "Friday Five" series.
On Friday, April 3, we sat down with Julianne Reynolds of the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, who gave us her tips on how international students can stay organized, focused, and on task in the face of a dramatically new academic environment.
This session with Dr. Yuhong He highlighted tips for managing anxieties, making peace with uncertainty, and staying connected with friends and family while socially isolated.
In this episode, Rob Smith of Campus Health gave us some tips for staying healthy and introduced some of the resources that are available to help Penn students look after their physical and mental health.
During this conversation with Barbara Hewitt of Penn Career Services, we discussed how students can be productive and stay optimistic about their job prospects even in the dramatically different environment brought on by COVID-19.
On August 6, 2020, Dr. Amy Gadsden (Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania) for a discussion with University of Pennsylvania Trustee and School of Arts and Sciences Overseer Ramanan Raghavendran (EAS'89, W'89, LPS'15) to address questions from Penn international students about their current challenges and fears. Ramanan Raghavendran is managing partner of the venture capital firm Amasia and reflected on his experiences as an international student at Penn and beyond. Dr. Gadsden provided insights based on her oversight of Penn’s support organizations for international students.
Hear from an alumnus about some of the ways in which ISSS helps international students and scholars go "beyond immigration" at Penn.
International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes and celebrates our international community, providing support before arriving, throughout the Penn experience, and beyond.