June 22 (Forerunner India) | July 2 (Forerunner Middle East North Africa) | July 28-29 (Global) Forerunner

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What is Forerunner?

Spearheaded by Penn Global International Student and Scholar Services, Forerunner was established in 2015 as a way to welcome new international students before they embark on their journey to Penn's campus.

The initiative has involved a diverse group of Penn stakeholders and is a unique opportunity for new members of Penn's global community to connect with each other and engage with current students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. For the past 7 years, Forerunner has served over 1,500 international students and parents from around the world, helping them feel a greater sense of belongingness, connection, adjustment, and leadership to kick off their Penn journeys. Many Forerunner participants go on to join the Forerunner Student Leadership team to help the next generation of new international students.

Since 2015, Forerunner has served as a bridge to life at Penn for students from India (in Delhi and Mumbai), China (in Beijing and Shanghai), Africa (on Penn's campus), the Middle East/North African region (in Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and worldwide (online). 

Forerunner 2022 was held in Delhi, India (June 25, 2022) and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (July 2, 2022). Forerunner Global will be held virtually for all incoming international students from July 28-29, 2022 (9-11AM Eastern Time each day). Learn more below! 

Forerunner Global. July 28-29, 2022 online. A virtual introduction to your life at Penn.
Virtual | July 28-29, 2022
Forerunner Global

Forerunner Global is a virtual introduction to your life at Penn. Join Penn staff, faculty, current students, and fellow incoming students from around the world for a two-day program during which you'll learn about some of the many resources Penn has to offer! You'll also have the opportunity to start building your Penn network and pose your questions directly to Penn staff, faculty, and students. 

Register for Forerunner Global

Forerunner India - 6.25.22 Delhi India
Delhi, India | June 25, 2022
Forerunner India 2022

In June 2022, the Forerunner team returned to India for the fifth edition of Forerunner India! We were hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI) at Delhi's India Habitat Centre and joined by over 90 students and parents from across India. 

View Photos from Forerunner India 2022

Forerunner MENA Dubai
Dubai, U.A.E. | July 2, 2022
Forerunner MENA 2022

On July 2, 2022, we held the first-ever Forerunner Middle East North Africa (MENA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates!

View photos from Forerunner MENA 2022

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 travel restrictions related to COVID-19 prevented us from meeting our incoming international students in person for Forerunner in 2020 and 2021, 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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