International Student Orientation - Summer 2017

Began Thursday, June 22nd, 2017. For all students (graduate, undergraduate, transfer, exchange) starting Penn State in the Summer 2017 semester.

During orientation, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete government requirements
  • Identify academic resources before classes begin
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus and with other U.S. and new international students

Please note that orientation is MANDATORY for ALL new international students who are attending classes during Summer Session II.

Summer ISO: Important Dates

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017: International students arrive at University Park.
  • Thursday, June 22, 2017: International Student Orientation check-in begins in the afternoon at the Penn State University Park campus.
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017: Permanent on-campus housing opens.
  • June 28, 2017: Summer Session II begins.

What to Expect from Summer ISO

The majority of Summer ISO will take place on the Penn State University Park campus. Summer ISO is centered on the small group experience; all students new to Penn State or the University Campus will be assigned to small groups led by current Penn State undergraduate and graduate students who will be your guides throughout the orientation.
Your small group and your Orientation Leader (OL) are the key to a successful Orientation experience. Your OLs will be with you every step of the way; whether over shared meals, during sessions, or on the walk from one event to the next. During the day, the OLs will guide each small group in completing essential tasks throughout ISO:

  • Get your Penn State id+ card
  • Activate your Penn State access account (for PSU webmail and more)
  • Get a U.S. cell phone
  • Open a U.S. bank account
  • Learn about visa regulations, insurance requirements and the Penn State Code of Conduct

OLs will introduce you to Penn State language and traditions as well as facilitate discussions on living and renting in the U.S. and how to succeed in the American classroom.  Your OLs and the small groups are your orientation family with whom you share each others culture, experience, thoughts, and questions. ISO provides the time and space for every student to successfully begin their transition to life at Penn State.. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to find your place in the Penn State and State College communities.

Arrival Pick-up Service

The Office of Global Programs will NOT be providing a shuttle during International Student Orientation.

If you are staying at The Atherton Hotel, they do provide a shuttle from State College Airport (SCE). Please call +1-814-231-2100 when you arrive to the airport.

Temporary Housing during Orientation

Accommodations will not be provided during orientation. Students are encouraged to stay at The Atherton Hotel.

IMPORTANT:  To receive a discounted rate at The Atherton Hotel you must call the hotel at +1-814-231-2100 and mention you are with Global Programs International Student Orientation.

Permanent on-campus housing opens on June 24. If you are not living on campus during the semester, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for housing and moving in. If you are staying at The Atherton Hotel and are living on campus during the semester, Global Programs will assist you with moving on June 24.

University Health Services Update

Vaccines are an effective way to prevent many illnesses. To ensure the health and well being of the Penn State community, University Health Services requests that you bring a copy of your official vaccination records for collection, along with the original records.

Please visit their Required and Recommended Immunizations Overview website for more information about which immunizations you need.

Please contact the University Health Services office for further inquiries - contact list.

General Contact Information

Questions about International Student Orientation:


Questions about life at Penn State:

Join the Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 page on Facebook to connect with students and staff involved in orientation.

Questions about I-20 or DS-2019 visa documents:

Please read information about these documents under Before You Arrive.