Undergraduate Orientation Events

Undergraduate Orientation Events

ISSS hosts ISO (International Student Orientation) activities for all new international undergraduate students.

The official move-in date for new undergraduate international students is Tuesday, August 20.

For more activities hosted by ISSS, New Student Orientation, and iPHINS, please visit the New Student Orientation (NSO) website for more information.

Check out this new international student guide created by Assembly of International Students.

Click on the dates below to check out all of the new international student orientation activities!

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ADAPT Workshops for New International Students

(Please note that the ADAPT workshops are not mandatory)

Living in a new country and in a different culture than your own can be difficult. Join ISSS and partnering offices from across campus for interactive and informative sessions on how to adjust to your new home at Penn and Philadelphia. Check out the schedule below and sign up today!

Location: All sessions are located at Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk


9:30am - 10:20am

ADAPT Workshop: The Power of Cross-Cultural Communication for Success at Penn

by ISSS 


10:30am - 11:20am

ADAPT Workshop: Building Social Support and Professional Network

by Counseling and Psychological Services and ISSS 


11:30am - 12:20pm

ADAPT Workshop: Being Safe at Penn & Philly (A Pie Series Session)

by Division of Public Safety 


1:00pm - 1:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: Jobs, Internships, and Work Permission in the U.S.

by Career Services and ISSS  


2:00pm – 2:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: The Unwritten Rules of Communicating with Professors and TAs

by Weingarten Learning Resources Center  


3:00pm - 3:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: Staying Healthy at Penn 

by Student Health Service / Campus Health  


4:00pm - 4:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer (LGTBQ) Culture

by LGBT Center and ISSS  


5:00pm - 6:00pm

New International Student Social Hour

Hosted by ISSS


ISSS Social Hour Flier 2019


International Student Welcome Center

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Who: Open to all new undergraduate freshman and transfer international students.

Welcome new undergraduate international students! Meet the iPHINS, pick up orientation materials, and learn how to get started at Penn.

View official list of NSO events on the NSO website


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 ADAPT Workshops for New International Students

Tuesday, August 20 Schedule

Location: All sessions are located at Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk


2:00pm – 2:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: Participating in a U.S. Classroom


3:00pm – 3:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: Academic Integrity: How to Succeed at Penn


 4:00pm – 4:50pm

ADAPT Workshop: ISSS Jeopardy


Welcome Reception for New International Undergraduate Students and Families

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street
ISSS, Penn Global and Penn Parents welcome new international undergraduate students and their families to Penn. Meet other new Penn families from across the globe and enjoy globally-inspired refreshments! (By invitation only, pre-registration required).

Flying Solo? If you're attending the Welcome Reception without your family, there will be a designated Meet Up spot at 5:30PM outside the Annenberg Center closest to Locust Walk where you can meet your classmates! Just look for the "Solo Travelers Meet Up" sign.

Welcome Session for New International Undergraduate Students

Mandatory: Yes

Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

Location: Meyerson Hall, Bottom Floor (Room B1)
Dr. Rudie Altamirano, Director of ISSS, provides a welcome and presentation on the life of an international student in the U.S. Afterwards, the Assembly of International Students and iPHINS give an interactive introduction to life at Penn and Philly; basic necessities such as phones, banking, shopping, and entertainment will be covered. Mandatory - no registration required.


Global Penn Trivia

Mandatory: Yes

Time: 10:30am - 11:00am

Location: Meyerson Hall, Bottom Floor (Room B1)
Fight jet lag with trivia! Compete with your peers on your knowledge of ISSS’ immigration & integration resources for international students and various campus resources like Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. Get energized and team up with classmates from around the globe to compete for amazing Penn prizes!

Center City Philadelphia & One Liberty Observation Deck

Time: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Meet at Penn Global, 3701 Chestnut Street at 4:30pm; We will travel by SEPTA subway
Cost: $10 (may purchase up to 2 tickets)
Who: Open to all new international students

Get a bird’s-eye-view from the top of one of Philadelphia tallest buildings! You’ll see as far as the eye can see of the “City of Brotherly Love”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage City. Before getting your view of the city, we’ll visit the famous Reading Terminal Market that sells traditional American treats and foods and stop by City Hall, which is the biggest municipal building in the U.S.! Passes for SEPTA subway transportation provided.


Thursday August 22, 2019


Phillies Baseball Game

Time: 6:05pm – 10:05 pm
Meet at Penn Global, 3701 Chestnut Street at 4:30pm; We will travel by SEPTA subway
Cost: $20 (may purchase up to 2 tickets)

It’s a homerun!!! ISSS and Penn Abroad welcomes you on a trip to Citizens Bank Park in South Philly to witness the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates in the traditional US sport – baseball! Enjoy the game while grabbing some food and drink at the numerous locations inside the stadium! Passes for SEPTA subway transportation provided.


Wednesday August 28, 2019