Immigration Check-In & Social Activities

New Student Check-in and Orientation

New Student Check-in and International Student Orientation (ISO) events are 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.

On this page:

  • Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements
  • Orientation Activities

Federal regulations require that F-1 and J-1 international students register their presence at Penn by completing the check-in with ISSS:

  1. Complete the tutorial in iPenn (Before or after you arrive in the US).

  2. Complete the arrival form in iPenn (After you arrive in the US).

If you are unable to complete any of these requirements for any reason, please complete the arrival form and contact ISSS for further instructions.


Access the iPenn portal here

Events and Activities for New International Students

ISSS hosts a number of different orientation activities for both undergraduate and graduate/professional international students.

"International Student Orientation was the first warm welcome to me when I first joined Penn as a new international student and I participated in ISO again as a leader. It was an awesome opportunity to meet international students and scholars from all over the world and explore Penn Community and Philadelphia together! ISO was one of the most wonderful experience I had at Penn and I met the coolest people here!"
Mengyue Wang