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.

Click here to see ISSO events and activities for new international students!


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:

  1. Complete the tutorial in iPenn (You can complete the tutorial before you arrive in the US.)
  2. Complete the arrival form in iPenn (After you arrive in the US.)
  3. 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.

  • Bring your immigration documents to ISSS
  • Visit the ISSS office to have your immigration documents checked and report your physical presence at Penn. Select a time in iPenn, and bring your original documents:

    • Passport
    • F-1 or J-1 US Entry Visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)
    • I-94 (whether a hard-copy paper card; or electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport)
    • I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by Penn
    • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from previous program, if applicable (This is required for transfer students)
    • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

    We recommend getting your PennCard before bringing your documents to ISSS. If you don't have your PennCard, please bring your PIN number.

International Student Social Orientation (ISSO)

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. 

 
UNDERGRADUATE

If you are an entering freshman or transfer undergraduate student, you may click here to visit the New Student Orientation page. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 is the official move-in day for international freshman undergraduate students. Some ISSO activities are integrated into New Student Orientation, however excursions like the Observation Deck, Phillies Baseball Game, and Ice Skating are not.

GRADUATE

For activities hosted by the Graduate Student Center, please visit their website. You can also check with your specific academic department to see if there are orientation activities within your department.


Monday, August 22 & Tuesday, August 23


Adjust to Penn Today: Workshops for New International Students

(Undergraduate and Graduate students welcome)

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Perry World House, 3802 Locust Walk
Who: Open to all new international undergraduate and graduate students.

Living in a new country and in a different culture than your own can be difficult. Join ISSS and partnering offices from across campus for interactive and informative sessions on how to adjust to your new home at Penn and Philadelphia. Check out the schedule below and sign up today! 

 
Monday, August 22 @ Perry World House
Tuesday, August 23 @ Perry World House

*These workshops are optional. You are not required to attend.

Registration required. Space is limited.

 

Tuesday August 23

International and Exchange Student Welcome Center

(Undergraduate Students Only)

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Perry World House
Who: Open to all new undergraduate freshman and transfer international students and exchange students.

Meet the ePHINS and iPHINS, pick up orientation materials, and learn how to get started at Penn.
 

New Graduate International Student Social Hour

(Graduate Students Only)

Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
Location: Perry World House
Who: Open to all new graduate international students.

Want to meet other new international graduate and professional students from across the university? Join ISSS for a social hour, enjoy some food and drink, and meet some new friends! Co-sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).

Registration encouraged as space is limited.

 

Wednesday, August 24

International and Exchange Student Welcome Center

(Undergraduate Students Only)

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Perry World House
Who: Open to all new undergraduate freshman and transfer international students and exchange students.

Meet the ePHINS and iPHINS, pick up orientation materials, and learn how to get started at Penn.

 
Social Mixer for Undergraduate International Students Traveling Alone

(Undergraduate Students Only)

Time: 5:00 – 5:45pm
Location: Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room
Who: Open to all new undergraduate freshman and transfer international students

Flying solo? Meet other new international undergraduate students who traveled on their own and then walk to the Welcome Dinner together!*

Space is limited. Registration encouraged.

*Separate pre-registration for the Welcome Dinner for New International Undergraduate Students and Families is required.


Welcome Dinner for New International Undergraduate Students and Families

(Undergraduate Students Only)

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Wynn Commons
Who: Open to all new undergraduate freshman and transfer international students

Penn Global and Penn Parents welcome new international undergraduate students and their families to Penn. Meet other new Penn families from across the globe and enjoy a delicious meal! (By invitation only, registration required). 

Registration has currently reached maximum capacity.

Confirmed registrants must pick up their tickets before the event at Perry World House, located at 3803 Locust Walk. A table inside will be providing tickets on Tuesday, August 23, and Wednesday, August 24 from 10am to 3pm.

Thursday, August 25

Flash Talks - Adjusting to Your New Home

(Undergraduate Students Only)

Time: 9:00 - 10:30am
Location: Meyerson Hall, Lower Level
Who: Open to all new undergraduate freshman, transfer, and exchange international students

International Student and Scholar Services, in partnership with Counseling and Psychological Services and Weingarten Learning Resources Center, hosts a series of brief and helpful presentations that will help you succeed at Penn. Breakfast refreshments will be served.


One Liberty Observation Deck & Center City Philadelphia

(Undergraduate and Graduate students welcome)

Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Meet at ISSS at 4:15pm; Will travel by SEPTA subway
Who: Open to all new undergraduate and graduate international students

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 stop by City Hall for some photos and visit the famous Reading Terminal Market that sells traditional American treats and foods!

Sorry, maximum capacity has been reached for this event.

Friday, August 26

New Graduate International Student Welcome Reception

(Graduate Students Only)

Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Perry World House
Who: Open to all new graduate international students

Welcome to Penn! ISSS invites new graduate international students to celebrate the start of your Penn experience. Meet new friends, enjoy a delicious meal, and if you’re lucky enough, win a prize! Co-sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).

Sorry, maximum capacity has been reached for the Welcome Dinner. 


Wednesday, August 31

Phillies Baseball Game

(Undergraduate and Graduate students welcome)

Time: 5:45 – 10:00pm
Location: Meet at ISSS, 3701 Chestnut Street
Who: Open to all new international undergraduate and graduate students.

It’s a homerun!!! ISSS and Penn Abroad welcomes you on a trip to Citizens Bank Park in South Philly to witness the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Washington Nationals in the traditional US sport sensation – baseball! Enjoy the game as it was meant to be enjoyed from outfield seating. Who knows? You may even catch a homerun ball.

Sorry, maximum capacity has been reached for this event.


Tuesday, September 6

Free Ice Skating

(Undergraduate and Graduate students welcome)

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Penn Ice Rink, 3130 Walnut Street
Who: Open to all new international undergraduate and graduate students.

Escape the heat and enjoy a free skate at the Penn Ice Rink! Ice skates and admission are free, so bring your friends and enjoy this free hour of ice skating!

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