International Students

International Students contribute to the vibrant global community at Penn State.  The pages within this section provide information for prospective and current international students as well as international alumni.

Admissions

Global Programs is not involved in the academic portion of the admissions process.  Here is some information regarding admission...

Before You Arrive

In this section prospective international students will find information about requesting or refusing an I-20 or DS-2019, insurance and financial requirements, and other essential pre-arrival information.

Dependents (Spouse & Children)

Only spouses and children (under 21) may come as dependents of the F-1 or J-1 visa holder.  The B-2 (visitor) visa is applicable for parents, siblings, domestic partners, and other family members who wish to visit you.  DISSA cannot issue documents for B-2 visitor visas or advise on B-2 issues.

Employment

Employment for F-1 and J-1 students is limited, and working without permission is a violation of status and a deportable offense. F-1 and J-1 students may not work off-campus without permission from DISSA.  On-Campus Employment is permitted with certain restrictions.  Students must complete employment paperwork with DISSA in order to work on-campus. A Social Security number is required for anyone receiving payment. DISSA can assist you with this process.

Financial

Penn State is a public university that receives some funding from the government and from taxpayers.  There is, at this time, essentially no financial aid available for international undergraduate students.  U.S. Citizenship or legal permanent residency is a requirement for federal funds; Pennsylvania residency is a further requirement for state funds.

Forms

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Insurance Mandate

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.

Sponsored Students

Penn State University welcomes international sponsored students. International sponsored students are undergraduate or graduate students who have received or will receive financial support from a corporation, nonprofit organization, or foreign government. These students must adhere to the requirements of their academic program(s), immigration regulations, and sponsoring organizations during their time at Penn State University. Penn State University provides the support, infrastructure, and services necessary to ensure successful sponsored student programing. 

Taxes

We are all subject to taxation in the U.S.  Even as an international student and scholar in the U.S., you are subject to taxes.  In some cases your tax obligation matches that of everyone in the U.S., and in some cases, you will have different rules. 

International Student Orientation

 Success at Penn State begins with ISO. Orientation is designed to help you.

Travel

Before students leave the United States, they should make sure to have the following documents to re-enter the United States to continue studies:

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Maintenance of Status

F-1 and J-1 students will find information pertaining to maintaining their immigration status in this section.  The international student advisers in DISSA assist students in maintaining their status, but ultimately maintenance of status is the individual student's responsibility.  Students should read the information in this section carefully.

Campus Contacts

International Student Advisers and liaisons located at other campuses. Penn State Abington Dagmara Karnowski International Student Adviser Room 9, Conference Center 1600 Woodland Road Abington, PA  19001 (215) 881-7628 duk31@psu.edu

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.

Life at Penn State

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Contact DISSA

The Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising, which is the authorized representative for Penn State international students and scholars with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, is committed to providing international students, scholars, and faculty the highest level of expertise in advising, immigration services, and training in support of Penn State's teaching, research and outreach objectives.  Although our office is physically located at the University Park Campus, we work with international students at all 24 Penn State campus locations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Contact DISSA Adviser

If you are an international student and cannot find answers to your questions on our website, please email DISSA-Adviser@psu.edu