Current/Potential Sponsored Students

International sponsored students must adhere to the requirements of their academic program(s), immigration regulations, and sponsoring organization. The following are common requirements/request sponsored students encounter before, during, and after their time at Penn State University. For more information, please contact the Sponsored Relations office.

Sponsored Relations does not provide financial aid for international students or refer international students to potential sponsors.

Sponsored Student Advising

The Sponsored Relations team has a dedicated International Student Adviser (ISA) from International Student & Scholar Advising who advises sponsored students on a range of topics affected by federal regulations. Some issues the ISA regularly assists sponsored students with include: Social Security/ ITIN, change of major, extension of I-20 or DS2019 document, change of visa status, addition of spouse to your document, employment authorization, internships, permission to have fewer than full-time credits, travel authorization, and more. 

Sponsored students with questions or concerns are strongly encouraged to meet with our ISA. We aim to help sponsored students navigate sponsor requirements and federal regulations to ensure students avoid unnecessary problems. You can reach the sponsored student ISA directly by emailing sponsor@psu.edu with "Immigration" in the subject line and your PSU ID in the body of the email.

Additionally, students can visit the office during walk-in advising hours (listed below). Students must sign in using computer #2 or #3 in the hallway of 410 Boucke and indicate that their status is 'sponsored.’

Walk-in Advising Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 1:30pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday & Friday: 8:30am - 11:30 am

Finance

Sponsored Relations has a dedicated finance staff who provide sponsors with itemized invoices after the drop/add period. In addition to supporting sponsors, our finance staff support students by responding to questions about financial guarantees, bursar accounts, and financial holds.

Students are encouraged to contact our office, should a financial discrepancy arise. Students can reach our finance staff directly at sponsor@psu.edu with "Finance" in the subject line and your PSU ID in the body of the email.

Release of Information

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) law protects the confidentiality of student information. Penn State University does not release student information to sponsoring organizations and/or other stakeholders unless there is a legal reason to do so, an emergency situation, or the student has given written consent.

Sponsored Relations provides sponsored students with a Release of Information form (ROI). The ROI gives Penn State the permission to share important academic, financial, and enrollment information with sponsoring organizations. Typically, sponsoring organizations require this level of permission for sponsored students, granted through the ROI.

For more information or to receive a blank copy of the Penn State ROI document, please contact sponsor@psu.edu with "ROI" in the subject line and your PSU ID in the body of the email.

Health Insurance Waiver

All international students at Penn State University are required to purchase Penn State Student Health Insurance. However, international sponsored students are eligible for a waiver from this mandate, if their sponsor provides health insurance that is approved by Penn State Health Services. 

For more information and to submit your insurance waiver, please visit Penn State Health Services.

Official Transcripts

Sponsoring organizations may periodically require official transcripts or other official reporting from the University Registrar. This includes an official document which verifies transcripts, conferral date, and degree earned. This documentation does not include online course verification or campus location. Official transcripts can be ordered online through the University Registrar.

For more information and to order official transcripts, please visit the Penn State Registrar.

Course Schedule

Sponsored Relations provides students and sponsors with course schedules upon request. This service is available for current and future semesters. Course schedules for past semesters cannot be provided; however, this information is available on academic transcripts.

Please submit your course schedule request to sponsor@psu.edu with "Course Schedule" in the subject line and your PSU ID in the body of the email.

Campus Verification

Penn State University is a network of 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Often, sponsorship is limited to a specific campus in the Penn State system. Sponsored Relations provides students and sponsors with campus verification upon request.

Please submit your campus verification request to sponsor@psu.edu with "Campus Verification" in the subject line and your PSU ID in the body of the email.

Academic Verification

Sponsoring organizations may require periodic academic verification. This could include verification of academic progress, course justification, degree requirements, and other requests. Academic verification can only be provided by Academic Advisors and departmental staff.

Please submit your academic verification requests to your Academic Advisor and/or your departmental staff.

Online/Hybrid Course Verification

Sponsoring organizations may require the University to track and report the number of online/hybrid taken. This type of verification is a special request which can only be processed by the University Registrar.

Please submit your online/hybrid course verification and enrollment history request to embassyverfis@psu.edu including your PSU ID.