Life at Penn State

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Seek housing as soon as possible and before your arrival in the United States. Off campus housing, in particular, is in high demand and becomes harder to find as the school year approaches. Begin your search for campus housing with Housing, Food Services, & Residence Life.


Transportation to Commonwealth Campuses If you are attending a Commonwealth Campus, please contact the Penn State Global staff on your campus for more information about your on-campus arrival.

How Internationals Can Get a Pennsylvania Driver's License

How To Get a PA Driver's License  -- First-Time PA License (or State ID) NOTE: Internationals who do not qualify for a Pennsylvania Driver's License but are in legal status in the U.S. can drive for one year with a valid foreign driver's license. It is recommended that they also have an international driving permit.

Campus & Community

Signature Local Events Arts Fest The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (Arts Fest) brings over 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State to celebrate the arts with its nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, gallery exhibition, sand sculpture and music, dance and theatrical performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues. Arts Fest is an annual event traditionally held on the second weekend of July.

State College

State College, Pennyslvania is much more than just a college town. It is vibrant with exciting nightlife, great shopping, and diverse restaurants to satisfy almost any craving. Featuring a variety of hotels, motels, cozy bed & breakfasts, and other accommodations, State College, PA is a unique and wonderful combination of small town charm and college town action that makes it a great place to live or visit.

International Student Spotlight

International Student Spotlights highlight current international undergraduate and graduate students' time at Penn State.