Forerunner 2017 Recap Video
Forerunner Programs in China & India welcome new international students and parents every summer

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As a host to over 6,000 international students and scholars from all over the world, The University of Pennsylvania is a truly global university. The growing international student community brings vibrancy and diverse perspectives to the university and it is the mission of ISSS and the university to ensure that all are welcome and fully supported.

Forerunner prepares newly accepted Penn international students for their Penn academic and extracurricular journey. Participants learn from Penn officials about how to be successful in and out of the classroom and the campus resources that will help them along the way. Current Penn students provide their insight into their Penn experience and share different ways to get involved in student organizations. Forerunner allows for new students to make connections not only with each other, but also with current students, Penn staff, and alumni.

Topics of sessions and group activities include:

  • Student life
  • Adjustments to Life at Penn and in the U.S.
  • Academic Leadership
  • Classroom Culture
  • Developing a Social Network
  • Information about Campus Resources
On Campus
Forerunner Africa 2018

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time: 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Location: Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

Register by August 12, 2018. View the schedule here.


Forerunner China 2018

Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Location: Penn Wharton China Center, World Financial Center, West Building, 16F, No.1 East Third Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100020, China



New Delhi
Forerunner India 2018

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018

Location: University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India


“My Forerunner Experience was an amazing one! Having met wonderful fellow incoming students, both undergraduate and graduate, and having heard advice from upperclassmen that had various academic and extracurricular backgrounds, I feel like I came out of Forerunner with more understanding of life at Penn and more friends whom I can meet with on Penn’s campus. The information I gained in lectures, the fun Penn trivia, and the relaxing lunch and breaks all make Forerunner an excellent program for any student new to Penn.”
Forerunner India Participant
"The Forerunner program gave us an opportunity to have a glimpse of the Penn experience. Hearing from current students and faculties was extremely helpful to get us better prepared for college. Also, we got a sense of Penn's supportive community through the event.”
Forerunner China Participant

Thank you to Forerunner 2018 Sponsors:

Platinum Level

Penn Global

International Student and Scholar Services


Platinum Level

GAPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Assembly)


Bronze Level

Penn Admissions

Penn Design

Penn Parents

Social Policy and Practice

Penn China Education Summit