July 26-30, 2021 Forerunner

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Forerunner Global is your virtual introduction to life at Penn.

Hosting thousands of international students and scholars from all over the world, Penn is a truly global university. The international student community brings vibrancy and diverse perspectives to the University and it is our mission to ensure that all are welcome and fully supported.

Forerunner Global prepares Penn international students and their parents for life as members of the Penn family. View the recordings to hear from current Penn students, faculty members, administrators, and alumni about how you can get the most out of your Penn experience and stay safe, healthy, and engaged along the way. You can also meet your fellow students and get a head-start on building your Penn network through a new virtual platform Your World@Penn.

Forerunner Global 2021 was held from July 26-30, 2021. We were thrilled to welcome hundreds of students and parents from over 70 countries all around the world. View the recordings at the link below! 

View the Recordings of Forerunner Global 2021!

Day 1: Welcome and Introduction to Forerunner

Monday, July 26, 9:00-10:00AM EDT

Welcome to Penn and welcome to Forerunner! During this interactive session, you'll hear from high-level Penn administrators, meet the ISSS team, and meet other incoming and current international students. You'll get an overview of what to expect for the week and hear our office's top 10 immigration-related tips.

Day 2: Navigating the Penn Experience

Tuesday, July 27, 9:00-10:00AM EDT

Join this session to learn about some of the situations you may face during your experience as an international student at Penn and how to navigate them. Learn from the first-hand experience of current international students and find out how you can take advantage of Penn campus resources in areas such as academics, wellness, cultural learning, immigration, and more.

Day 3: Q&A With Your Penn School

Wednesday, July 28, 9:00-10:00AM EDT

Have burning questions about what life is like at your Penn School? Want to meet faculty, staff, and students from your academic program? On Day 3, representatives from each Penn graduate and undergraduate School will be available and excited to greet you and answer your questions. You'll learn about academic and administrative policies and connect with current international students from your School.

Day 4: Penn International Alumni Panel

Thursday, July 29, 9:00-10:00AM EDT

During this session, a panel of Penn international alumni will share their stories, wisdom, and advice for incoming students. Come learn how to make the best out of your time at Penn!

Day 5: Penn International Parent Session

Friday, July 30, 9:00-10:00AM EDT

Are you the parent of a new Penn international student with questions about how Penn plans to keep your student healthy, safe, and thriving academically? The final Forerunner session is designed for parents of new Penn international students and will feature a panel of Penn administrators in the areas of safety, health and wellness, housing, financial aid, and academic/faculty affairs. You will also hear from parents of current or graduated Penn international students.

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Join Your World@Penn!

Your World@Penn is a virtual platform where you can network with fellow Penn international students from around the world, be the first to find out about upcoming events, workshops, and social opportunities, and connect with Penn departments and resource offices. By joining Your World@Penn, you'll get easy access to all five days of Forerunner events and so much more.

quote from a Forerunner Global 2020 participant: 'Being able to hear from current Penn students as well as the directors of different services/initiatives helped me better connect with the Penn community and understand the resources offered at Penn.'

Past Forerunners

Since 2015, Forerunner has taken place in Delhi (Forerunner India), Beijing (Forerunner China), and on Penn's campus (Forerunner Africa). In 2020, the Forerunner team was recognized as an honorable mention for Penn's Models of Excellence award for its outstanding work in bringing the world to Penn and Penn to the world.

While ongoing travel restrictions related to COVID-19 prevented us from meeting our incoming international students in person for Forerunner in 2020, we were excited for the opportunity to welcome our new students and their families from all around the planet with Forerunner Global!

Learn more about past Forerunners in the below videos and recordings!



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