International Student Orientation - Undergraduate Fall 2017

Began Friday, August 11th, 2017. For all undergraduate students (First-year, transfer, exchange) starting Penn State in the Fall 2017 semester.

This is the official page for the University Park campus fall UNDERGRADUATE International Student Orientation (ISO). During orientation you will have the opportunity to:

  • Compete government requirements
  • Identify academic resources before classes begin
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus and the community

Students should direct parents and family members who are temporarily visiting State College during ISO to the Parents and Family Program webpage.

Confirm Participation in Fall 2017 ISO

The official International Student Orientation for Penn State's University Park campus begins with a check-in process on the morning of Friday, August 11, 2017 for all new undergraduate international students. Plan to arrive by Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the latest. Orientation is mandatory for all new international students. Fall Undergraduate International Student Orientation is only for those students who will be attending Fall Semester which begins on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Freshman and Transfer undergraduate students: You will receive an email from Penn State instructing you on how to confirm your attendance.

Confirming your participation allows us to provide you with the smoothest transition to Penn State. Additionally, as a mandatory program, we expect all new international students to participate in ISO. It is your opportunity to get a proper introduction to the university and the community to help you to best student you can be academically and socially.

  • Freshman and Transfer undergraduate students: You will receive an email from Penn State instructing you on how to confirm your attendance.

  • Exchange students only: Please register using this form.

About Fall 2017 ISO

Fall ISO is a large and exciting program, welcoming, on average, 1500 new international students at the University Park campus alone each year. At the University Park campus there are two tracks, an undergraduate track and a graduate track each with different dates and session content. Please read the following content carefully to make sure you are reading the content that applies to you.


Temporary orientation housing is available for students and their spouses as early as August 1, 2017 and through August 14, 2017. Students live in the East Halls Residence Area and the cost is $20 per night to be paid up front upon check-in at the commons desk (open 24 hours a day) - no reservation is necessary. Students share rooms with other new students of the same gender. Sheets, blankets and pillows are not provided.

Move-out from East Halls to permanent living arrangements for all international students will take place on Monday, August 14, 2017. All students living on-campus for the fall semester will move into their permanent on-campus housing assignment at this time. Since on-campus housing contracts do not start until Friday, August 18, 2016, students living on campus will still be required to pay $20 per night.

Please note, Penn State cannot store student belongings. Do not ship any items to Penn State before your arrival.

What to Expect from Fall 2017 ISO

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.

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.