Undergraduate International Student Orientation (ISO) - Fall 2021 University Park

This is the official page for the University Park campus Fall UNDERGRADUATE International Student Orientation. Fall Undergraduate International Student Orientation will take place in a hybrid model with virtual and in-person opportunities. Students will be able to choose whether they would prefer to attend Undergraduate ISO in-person or virtually. The dates for both in-person and virtual Undergraduate ISO will be August 16-20.

Fall 2021 Undergraduate International Student Orientation


Please go to the Fall arrival website for more information regarding fall arrival and move-in. Penn State is offering pre-semester housing for international students who would like to move on-campus starting August 6. If international students would like to come early to start getting vaccinated, there will be vaccines available from the University Health Services and other pharmacies around State College. Penn State insurance begins on August 13 so if you are arriving early and would like to have your health insurance coverage begin early, please contact Student Health Insurance at uhs-insurance@psu.edu.

Fall International Student Orientation

Fall International Student Orientation will occur between August 16 and 20 during Welcome Week. We will offer options for both in-person and virtual sessions which will have the same content. Students will be able to sign up for the time and date that works best for them. Each student only need to attend one two-hour ISO session. Sessions will be led by International Student Orientation Leaders. We will have separate Orientation Leaders for the virtual and in-person sessions. Topics will include information about the healthcare system in the US, Penn State and American Culture and cultural adjustment, safety on campus, and information from Global Programs staff. All international students who are new to campus (including those who started remotely) will participate in International Student Orientation.


What should I expect?

If you decide to attend the ISO in-person, you will meet the rest of the students on the lawn in front of the Westgate Building. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the orientation session to check in. The in-person orientation is going to be a 2-hour session where you will be split into groups and you will meet with 2 orientation leaders. We are asking you to wear a mask to in-person ISO. Furthermore, there will be no food served during the session, but drinks will be available. 

If you decide to attend the virtual ISO, you will receive the zoom link to virtual ISO the day before your scheduled session. This will also be a two-hour session led by Orientation Leaders.


The Undergraduate ISO Schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 16 from 1:30-3:30pm EDT (In-Person and Virtual)

Tuesday, August 17 from 9:30-11:30am EDT (Virtual)

Tuesday, August 17 from 1:30-3:30pm EDT (Virtual and In-Person)

Wednesday, August 18 from 9:30-11:30am EDT (Virtual and In-Person)

Wednesday, August 18 from 1:30-3:30pm EDT (Virtual and In-Person)

Thursday, August 19 from 9:30-11:30am EDT (Virtual and In-person)

Thursday, August 19 from 1:30-3:30pm EDT (Virtual and In-person)

Friday, August 20 from 9:30-11:30am EDT (Virtual and In-person)

Friday, August 20 from 1:30-3:30pm EDT (Virtual and In-person)

Click here to register for your Undergraduate International Student Orientation session.

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