New Student Check-in and International Student Social Orientation (ISSO) is for all incoming F-1 or J-1 international students, including undergraduate, graduate, professional, transfer, and exchange students, as well as those returning from leave.
Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements
Federal regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students register their presence at Penn, by completing check-in with ISSS:
- Complete the tutorial in iPenn (You can complete the tutorial before you arrive in the US.)
- Complete the arrival form in iPenn (After you arrive in the US.)
- Bring your immigration documents for immigration document check at ISSS. Select a time slot in iPenn.
If you are unable to complete any of these requirements for any reason, please complete the arrival form and contact ISSS for further instructions.
ISSO consists of activities and events hosted by ISSS that help new undergraduate and graduate international students adjust to their new home at Penn. There are workshops, excursions, and opportunities to meet other new international students as well as information about important campus resources.
Welcome to Penn! See below for events for new incoming international students for Spring 2017!
Monday, January 9, 12:00 - 1:00pm | Meet at ISSS, 3701 Chestnut Street
Join ISSS for a quick tour of campus and see some of the most important highlights like where to study, where to find activities, and where to eat. We’ll stop by Perry World House, the Graduate Student Center, and the Penn Bookstore where you can obtain your PennCard.
International Student Social Hour
Tuesday, January 10, 4:30 – 5:30pm | Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Enjoy food and drink as you meet new and current Penn international students inside Penn’s newest building for global engagement, Perry World House. Representatives from ISSS and different Penn resources will also be present to welcome you! Attendees will be entered into a raffle for prizes.
One Liberty Observation Deck & Center City Philadelphia
Friday, January 27, 4:15pm – 7:00pm Cost: $10
Location: Meet in front of ISSS, 3701 Chestnut Street at 4:15pm
Get a bird's-eye-view from the top of one of Philadelphia tallest buildings! You'll see as far as the eye can see of the "City of Brotherly Love", which recently became a UNESCO World Heritage City. Before getting your view of the city, we'll visit the famous Reading Terminal Market for some traditional American treats and foods, and pass by City Hall for some photos!
Space is limited. Advanced registration and payment required. May purchase up to 2 tickets. Sorry, no refunds.