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Your Penn Life Begins at Forerunner

As a host to over 7,000 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.

Provost Wendell Pritchett making opening remarks at Forerunner 2018
Provost Wendell Pritchett welcomes students at Forerunner China 2018


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. Parents are also invited to participate and meet current parents.

Topics of sessions and group activities include:

  • Student life
  • Adjustments to Life at Penn and in the U.S.
  • Key Immigration Information
  • Academic Leadership
  • Classroom Culture
  • Developing a Social Network
  • Information about Campus Resources
The Forerunner India 2017 Team
The Forerunner India 2017 Team


Forerunner 2020

Check back soon for more information about Forerunner Global.

“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."
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

Congratulations to the Forerunner Team who recently won an Honorable Mention award for Penn's 2020 Models of Excellence!