Undergraduate International Student Orientation - Fall 2020 University Park

This is the official page for the University Park campus Fall UNDERGRADUATE International Student Orientation. Undergraduate International Student Orientation will take place as part of the virtual orientation program offered throughout the summer, with additional components offered in August. Students will receive email updates with additional information.

Welcome to Penn State! We are excited that you have chosen to be a part of the Penn State community and we look forward to supporting you through this transition. Read the Vice Provost for Global Programs welcome letter to incoming international undergraduate students

The International Student Pathway (ISP) will take place as part of the virtual orientation programs this summer. To sign up for virtual orientation, please visit: https://orientation.psu.edu/participate

The International Student Pathway (ISP) has three components.

  1. You will be invited to an ISP: Welcome before your virtual orientation session where you will meet Global Programs staff, Orientation Leaders, and fellow international students who will be going to your campus.
  2. You will be given an additional self-paced online module for international students to help you learn about the American education system, tuition payment options available to you, and other important information.
  3. After you complete your virtual orientation session, you will be invited to an ISP: Follow-up and Immigration virtual meeting for an opportunity to ask questions about immigration, what fall will look like, and meet with staff from your specific region.

You will be receiving invitations to these sessions and updates from Global Programs staff throughout the summer. We look forward to meeting you virtually!

International Student Orientation

In addition to the International Student Pathway, we will be having additional International Student Orientation Programs the week before classes start. There will be different programs for students who will be starting in-person at University Park and those who will be starting from home outside the United States.

Starting On-Campus

For those students starting at University Park this fall, we will be offering two live virtual orientation sessions for additional on-campus support. Students can choose to attend the date that will work best for them. These programs will include connection opportunities from Global Programs and departments across campus, a cultural adjustment presentation for those who will be new to the United States, and small group sessions with Orientation Leaders for help navigating businesses in State College during Covid. DISSA will also provide online virtual check-in times the week of August 17-21.

The dates of the virtual Starting On-campus sessions are:

Wednesday, August 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Register here for August 19 (use your Penn State email): Register Here

Thursday, August 20 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Register here for August 20 (use your Penn State email): Register Here

The times for the session are as follows:

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT Connection Opportunities

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT Cultural Adjustment Presentation

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT Life in State College during Covid

Starting from Home

For those students starting from home this fall, we will be offering two live virtual orientation sessions for additional virtual support. Students can choose to attend the date that will work best for them. These programs will include connection opportunities from Global Programs and departments across campus, in addition to remote support from Penn State Learning. DISSA will also provide online virtual check-in times the week of August 17-21.

The dates of the virtual Starting from Home sessions are:

Wednesday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT

Register here for August 18 (use your Penn State email): Register Here

Thursday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT

Register here for August 21 (use your Penn State email): Register Here

The times for the session are as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT Connection Opportunities

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT Remote Academic Support Opportunities

Need Help?

If you need assistance or have questions related to you transition to Penn State, please feel free to visit a Drop-In Help session which will be offed 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 session 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.

Parents and Family Orientation Program

In an effort to answer any lingering questions and concerns, we have developed an orientation track specifically for parents and families. The Penn State Parents Program will be hosting New Family Fridays every Friday throughout the summer from 12-3pm EST. One of these programs, on July 31, will be specifically geared towards international student parents, but parents are welcome to attend any Friday. The New Family Friday on July 31 will be at a special time, from 9am-12pm EST and will include:

  • A Welcome from Dr. Brindley, the Vice Provost of Global Programs
  • Information about Visa and immigration requirements
  • Campus Safety
  • Bursar Office and Health Insurance
  • Opportunities for parent involvement

We will also be having a Parent Welcome during each ISP: Welcome session so that we can connect with parents and answer questions. We will have some language support in these sessions

Contact Information for University Park

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

In preparation for travel please review Before You Arrive.

Questions about International Student Orientation: seil@psu.edu

Questions regarding Virtual Orientation: orientation@psu.edu

Pre-arrival immigration/visa questions: Before You Arrive or international@psu.edu

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

On-campus housing: housing.psu.edu

Paying tuition: bursar.psu.edu

Health Insurance and immunizations: studentaffairs.psu.edu/health

Academic record and transcripts: registrar.psu.edu/

Student organizations: orgcentral.psu.edu/organizations