International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn State!  Your next four years as a Nittany Lion are bound to be challenging yet rewarding, and above all, unforgettable.  But before you embark on your collegiate journey at Penn State, you’ll need to take care of a few logistical matters.

Your first step is accepting your offer of admission.  May 1 was the deadline for most students to accept their offers, although that date may be flexible at some of our campus locations (not University Park).  Next, the Office of Global Programs will work with you to arrange for shipment of your I-20 to your desired address.  This process is handled electronically and may take a few weeks; be sure to keep an eye on the e-mail address with which you submitted your admissions application. Please see our blog post on next steps for international admitted students for more information on securing your I-20 and visa.

Once your visa arrangements are in order, you will be ready to arrive on campus.  Our International Student Orientation programs are held at each campus.  Specific dates and activities will vary by campus.  For this reason, it’s important to check your e-mail account often, as notification about the International Student Orientation will arrive via e-mail.

Incoming students at University Park will attend either summer orientation or fall orientation, depending on which term you have been offered admission.  Again, you’ll be notified via e-mail of your orientation date and schedule.  The Office of Global Programs organizes the International Student Orientation programs at University Park.  Summer 2013 International Student Orientation will take place June 22-25, while the fall program will be held in mid-August.  More information about orientation at University Park can be found on the Office of Global Programs website:

For incoming students at campuses other than University Park, you’ll receive an e-mail about your fall orientation date.  In the meantime, you may contact the international student representative at your campus for more information:

Please note that U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated abroad are welcome to attend International Student Orientation, although it is not mandatory.

Whether it is during the summer or fall, at University Park or another campus location, we look forward to seeing you here.  Safe travels—and welcome to Penn State!

– Audrey

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