Graduate International Student Orientation - Fall 2020 University Park

This is the official page for the University Park campus Fall GRADUATE International Student Orientation. Graduate International Student Orientation will take place as part of the Graduate School’s virtual orientation program before the start of fall semester. Several of the online self-paced modules will have a specific focus on international student concerns. You will receive more information regarding virtual orientation via email.

Two LIVE virtual orientation sessions will be offered for additional graduate student support. Graduate students can choose to attend the date that will work best for them. These programs will include a welcome from Global Programs and the Graduate School leadership, a cultural adjustment presentation for those who will be new to the United States, and a panel along with Q&A presented by members of the Graduate & Professional Student Association. The Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising (DISSA) will also provide online virtual check-in times the week of August 17-21.

Virtual Graduate sessions:

Tuesday, August 11 from 8:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m EDT

The agenda for the session is as follows:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. EDT Welcome from Global Programs and Graduate School Leadership

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. EDT Graduate & Professional Student Association Panel

10:00a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EDT Cultural Adjustment Presentation (for those new to the U.S.)

Register here for August 11 (use your Penn State email): Register Here

Monday, August 17 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The agenda for the session is as follows:

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT Welcome from Global Programs and Graduate School Leadership

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT Graduate & Professional Student Association Panel

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m EDT Cultural Adjustment Presentation (for those new to the U.S.)

Register here for August 17 (use your Penn State email): Register Here

Contact Information for University Park

Penn State is a large, decentralized institution which means that there are many different offices that support students in different ways. Graduate students should contact the office for which their question(s) most relate. Here are some of those resources:

In preparation for travel please review Before You Arrive.

International Student Orientation:

Pre-arrival immigration/visa questions: Before You Arrive or

Post-arrival immigration/visa questions: DISSA or log into iStart and submit a question through the eForm

On-campus housing:

Off-campus housing:

Paying tuition:

Health Insurance and immunizations:

Academic record and transcripts:

Student Organizations:

Need Help?

If you need assistance or have questions related to your transition to Penn State please feel free to visit a Drop-In Help session which will be offered the week before classes. Sessions will be August 16-21: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 3-4PM (EST) and Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30-8:30AM (EST). Drop-In Help sessions are available through Zoom at Drop-In Help Session and you must use your PSU email to enter.

If you have a situation that cannot wait for a Drop-In Help session, please call +1(814)-863-6323 or +1 (814)-867-6054.