International Student Orientation - Spring 2018

Begins Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 for all students (graduate, undergraduate, transfer, exchange) starting Penn State in the spring 2018 semester.

This is the official page for the University Park campus Spring International Student Orientation (ISO). On this page you will find information about:

Orientation Dates and Schedule

Orientation officially begins with check-in on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Heritage Hall in the HUB. All events are mandatory unless otherwise stated. Plan on arriving in State College no later than the morning of Wednesday, January 3.

Orientation on Saturday and Sunday is only for first-year undergraduate students. These orientations are run by New Student Orientation (NSO).




1/3/2018 - Wednesday

I-9 form assistance (optional - for graduate students with assistantships)

To be determined                                 

1/3/2018 - Wednesday


HUB Heritage Hall          
1:00 – 4:30 PM

1/3/2018 - Wednesday

Welcome & Dinner

Hintz Alumni Center
5:00 – 8:00 PM

1/4/2018 - Thursday

International Student Orientation

HUB-Robeson Center
All Day  

1/5/2018 - Friday

International Student Orientation

HUB-Robeson Center
All Day  

1/5/2018 - Friday

Bed, Bath & Beyond (optional)

HUB Info Desk
7:30 PM

1/6/2018 - Saturday


Days Inn Hotel
7:30 – 10:30 AM  

1/6/2018 - Saturday

New Student Orientation (NSO)

HUB-Robeson Center
12:45 PM - 11:00 PM

1/7/2018 - Sunday

New Student Orientation (NSO)

HUB-Robeson Center
All Day

1/7/2018 - Sunday

Transfer Orientation (optional)

HUB-Robeson Center
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


If you are a first-year degree-seeking undergraduate student (First-year, freshmen, transfer) you will receive an email from Penn State instructing you on how to confirm your attendance and complete various other pre-arrival tasks. If you are a graduate student, please confirm your attendance by filling out the following form: Graduate student registration form.

You must check your Penn State email regularly to receive all necessary information for a smooth transition into life at Penn State.

Penn State Life Module

We have created a website module with helpful information about what you can expect when you arrive at Penn State. This website module will provide you with an introduction to key vocabulary, names, and ideas, preparing you for a successful International Student Orientation (ISO). Please take time to go through the website’s pages, reading and re-reading the information carefully. At the end, take the quiz to make sure you understand the provided information.

Check-In Process

Orientation check-in will take place from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 3 and will take place in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center (pictured below) in the center of campus. Plan on spending one hour checking in. Please bring your nine-digit Penn State ID number and passport. You will also have the opportunity to get your Penn State ID card and sign up for a U.S. bank account during this time.

The HUB-Robeson Center is one of the most popular buildings on campus. There are many offices, restaurants, and study spots in the building. Several orientation events will take place in and around the building.

Housing During Orientation

You will need to arrange your accommodations during orientation. Your permanent on-campus housing will open on Saturday, January 6, 2018. If you choose to stay at the Days Inn Penn State hotel in downtown State College, we can assist you with moving in on Saturday morning.

Move-in Process

Your permanent on campus housing will open on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

If you are staying at the Days Inn Penn State, we can help you move into your on-campus housing, except White Course Apartments. Please follow the instructions below to speed up and simplify your move in experience.

  1. Please label your bags with your full name and on-campus address. Use as few bags as possible; try to combine shopping bags and other assorted items.
  2. Come down to the Days Inn Penn State lobby at your assigned time based on where you will be living.
    • West: 7:30 am
    • Pollock: 8:00 am
    • South: 8:30 am
    • North: 9:00 am
    • East: 9:30 am
    • No pickups will be made after 10:00 am.
  3. Follow instructions from orientation staff wearing green shirts. They will direct you to the correct van and help you load your belongings into the van.
  4. You will need to get your key from the commons desk by showing them your student ID. You can then move into your new dorm room. We are unable to assist with moving your belongings into your room. There are carts in each location to transport your luggage.

Orientation Social Media

We encourage you to connect with ISO on social media. This is a great way to connect with incoming students before arrival and maintain connections after orientation ends. You can also reach out directly to student Orientation Leaders and Coordinators with any questions. During orientation, pictures may be posted to these social media pages.

Facebook: PSU ISO Spring 2018 (coming soon!)

Blog: PSU ISO Spring 2018 Blog (coming soon!)

Penn State Global Programs also maintains several active social media pages.

Facebook: Penn State Global Programs

Twitter: @GlobalPennState

Instagram: @globalpennstate 

Contact Information

Questions about International Student Orientation:

Questions for New Student Orientation (NSO):

Before arrival immigration/visa questions: Before you Arrive or

After arrival immigration/visa questions: DISSA or

Questions about life at Penn State: Global Programs Site or ask us on social media.

Additional Resources

Questions about your dorm room or living assignment should be directed to Housing.

To see what courses are recommended, please visit your college’s or department’s website.

Questions about insurance and immunizations should be directed to University Health Services.

Questions about tuition should be directed to the Bursar.

Questions about academic records should be directed to the Registrar.

The directory of active student organizations can be accessed here: Directory.

Global Programs has a special program for first-year students (undergraduate, graduate, transfer, exchange, American, International) interested in global engagement: Foundations in Global Engagement.