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Special Announcement

The University Office of Global Programs (Global Penn State) will be closed December 24 through January 2 for winter break and staff will have limited access to email.

Offices will reopen Monday, January 5, 2015. Have a safe and happy New Year.

Note: Individual staff days off may vary.


Pre-Arrival Advising

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It's time to get your documents in order!  We will soon start to issue I-20/DS2019 documents for Spring 2015!

In this section prospective international students will find information about requesting or refusing an I-20 or DS-2019, insurance and financial requirements, and other essential pre-arrival information.

If you have been admitted for the Spring 2015, we will begin reviewing cases submitted through iStart in mid-October when financial guarantee estimates are set.

Pre-Arrival Advising is part of the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA). Our goal is to assist and advise incoming international students on U.S. immigration related issues and regulations.  We also help direct students to finding answers to many questions about the transition to Penn State as a newly admitted student.

The Pre-Arrival Advising office works with thousands of students each year including graduate, undergraduate, law students, medical students, intensive English students, summer session students, and some short-term residency students.  This office is very busy from May to August working as quickly as possible to help all incoming international students with documents and various issues they may face.

Although the Pre-Arrival Advising Office is physically located at the University Park Campus, we serve international students at all other 24 Penn State campus locations throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

DISSA Mission

The Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising, which is the authorized representative for Penn State for international students and scholars with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, is committed to providing international students and scholars the highest level of expertise in advising, immigration services, and training in support of Penn State's teaching, research and outreach objectives.

Office Location and Advising Hours

101 Innovation Blvd
Suite 201 Lubert Building
University Park, PA  16802

Phone:     814-865-6348 (option 1)
Fax:         814-865-6480

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)