Prospective and current international students can learn about visa requirements, pre-advising, financials, health insurance, academic advising, employment, and volunteer opportunities.

Visa Requirements

The DISSA office works with thousands of students each year including graduate, undergraduate, law students, medical students, intensive English students, summer session students, and some short-term residency students. Browse through the information below from the International Students and Scholars webpage for important information about the visa requirements to attend Penn State as an exchange student.

Visa Application Steps and SEVIS I-901 Fee

Mandatory Document Check In


For Incoming Students

The following links will provide financial information for new students coming to study at Penn State.

Paying your Tuition Bill

There are several options available to pay your semester bill. For more information on these, go to Payment of Semester Bill


Mandatory Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all international students in F-1 and J-1 status and their accompanying dependents.  The U.S. Department of State requires all J-1 exchange visitors (students, scholars, interns, etc.) and their dependents maintain health insurance.  Willful violation of this mandate requires termination of the J-1 status.

Exchange students must purchase insurance through the Penn State Insurance Office. Waivers submitted as proof of current health insurance coverage will not be accepted. 

Students are required to complete this requirement each August (or January for spring semester exchanges) by the deadline established by University Health Services. There is a late fee charged to students who fail to meet the mandatory health insurance requirements by the deadline. 

The financial guarantee required for the I-20 or DS-2019 includes the estimated amount for health insurance.

Student Health Insurance
The Pennsylvania State University
302 Student Health Center
University Park, PA  16802

Tel.: 1-814-865-7467


Office Location and Advising Hours for International Students

410 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-6348 (option 2 for an adviser)
Fax: 814-865-6194

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Advising Hours

Schedule a Starfish Appointment

Monday & Tuesday - 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday & Friday - 8:30 am - noon
There are no advising hours on Wednesdays.

Work Eligibility

Please see the Employment section of the International Students and Scholars website for important information about working while attending Penn State.