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.
Check back during Summer 2017 for ISSS orientation activities for international students.
For new freshman undergraduate students
Visit the New Student Orientation website for information.
All new undergraduate students must arrive on campus by Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30pm for Penn's mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO).
Beginning Tuesday, August 22 at 1:30pm, Penn offers non-mandatory, international-specific programming designed to help international students adjust to life at Penn. To take part in these activities, international students are encouraged to arrive on campus (free of charge) by Tuesday, August 22 (preferably before 12pm EST).
In June, the Office of New Student Orientation & Academic Initiatives (NSOAI) will contact new undergraduate international students requesting their campus arrival date and also provide additional information regarding early or late move in for students with extenuating circumstances (i.e. confirmed travel plans, accessibility issues, etc.). Early move in fees may apply for students with extenuating circumstances.
For new graduate/professional students
Visit the Graduate Student Center website for orientation activities or visit the websites of your respective graduate schools for information on different school-specific orientation events.