Prepare for Penn

From getting to Penn to life on campus

Welcome to the Penn community! Let ISSS guide you from preparing for your journey to settling in on campus.

Have you arrived in Philadelphia?
Make sure you do the mandatory immigration check-in, sign up for orientation activities, and find information on getting started at Penn!


Let ISSS prepare you for your journey to Penn. This section includes information on your arrival to the US and transit to campus as well as some general preparations and a printable pre-departure checklist.

Getting Started at Penn

You have arrived! Now what? Housing, eating, shopping, and exploring Philadelphia are just a few of topics covered here. Let ISSS help you get acclimated with this in-depth section on some of the essentials you will need upon arrival to Penn and Philadelphia.

Immigration Check-In & Orientation Activities

There is a mandatory immigration check-in process for all F-1 & J-1 international students. Looking for orientation activities for new students? Click here to jump to the events!

Are you a new International Scholar? Visit the new International Scholar Orientation

Academic Life

How does university life in the US differ from your home country? Information about higher education here as well as the rules and regulations of Penn are found in this section.

Non-Penn Sponsored International Students and Scholars

Whether you're a Fulbright or other non-Penn sponsored international student, Dr. Rudie Altamirano, ISSS Director, is happy to meet with you for your orientation meeting!