Recorded Webinars and Workshops

ISSS hosts a variety of webinars and workshops on immigration- and integration-related topics. This page will be updated regularly as new recordings become available. 

Immigration, Employment, and Taxes

F-1 OPT Webinar

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience in the U.S., complementary to the academic program. This webinar provides an overview of OPT. Webinar recorded 16 April 2020. 

Form I-765 Tutorial

The Form I-765 is an official government document that is used to request work authorization and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD card). Students who are applying for OPT or STEM OPT authorization must submit this form as part of their application. Learn how the form is structured and how to fill it out. Recorded 16 November 2018.

F-1 CPT Webinar

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." This webinar provides an overview of CPT. Recorded 6 April 2020. 

Sprintax Tax Information Session 

Sprintax is a tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, their dependents and alumni. The information session provides an overview of tax filing for nonresidents. Recorded 22 March 2019. 

Sprintax Webinar Recording on the Stimulus Payment and Amended Returns

This webinar discuss the U.S. Government's stimulus payments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and how they concern international students and scholars. It also covers the process for filing an amended tax return. Recorded 19 April 2020. 

The Friday Five

Each Friday, we discuss tips for international student success and wellness with one of our on-campus partners as part of our "Friday Five" series. 

Episode 1 (April 3, 2020): Weingarten Learning Resources Center

On Friday, April 3, we sat down with Julianne Reynolds of the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, who gave us her tips on how international students can stay organized, focused, and on task in the face of a dramatically new academic environment.

Episode 2 (April 10, 2020): Counseling and Psychological Services

This session with Dr. Yuhong He highlighted tips for managing anxieties, making peace with uncertainty, and staying connected with friends and family while socially isolated. 

Episode 3 (April 17, 2020): Campus Health

In this episode, Rob Smith of Campus Health gave us some tips for staying healthy and introduced some of the resources that are available to help Penn students look after their physical and mental health. 

Episode 4 (April 24, 2020): Penn Career Services

During this conversation with Barbara Hewitt of Penn Career Services, we discussed how students can be productive and stay optimistic about their job prospects even in this dramatically different environment.