International Student Orientation
Sunday, August 18 and Monday, August 19 2013
Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn State Harrisburg. We know this can be a very busy and confusing time for you; however, we want you to know that we are here to assist you make your transition into Penn State Harrisburg as smooth as possible.
Below, we have outlined a step-by-step process of what to expect and do prior to arriving in the US and also after you arrive. Please review the information and let us know how we can assist you.
Things to do prior to coming to the U.S.
- Apply for your student visa.
- Arrange your transportation to Middletown, PA.
- Prepare money to cover your initial expenses.
- If you will be living on campus, confirm your arrival date with our Housing Office.
- Pay your acceptance fee
- Take your FTCAP placement exams
- Schedule your advising day
Prepare for life in Middletown, Pennsylvania
- Arrange for housing
- Investigate what academic life is like in the U.S. (there are some good sites on the web)
- Fill out the Arrival Information Form
- Learn about student clubs and organizations at Penn State Harrisburg.
Prepare for Orientation
- Please bring your passport with I-94 attached.
- Review the ISSS checklist
Depart for Penn State Harrisburg
- Use the SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Penn State when entering the U.S.
- Keep your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, money and other valuables with you at all times.
- Do not pack your documents in your checked luggage.
- Bring your medical history records, immunizations and prescription medication with you.
- Get settled into your new space.
- Explore Middletown.
- Participate in Document Check-In - This is a MANDATORY step
- Document Check-In is by appointment.
- Bring your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, I-94, a small photo and passports of any accompanying dependents.
Sessions and Activities
- First-year (freshmen) MUST attend New Student Orientation on the date specified by Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for international students.
- Graduate students may have to attend a major specific orientation (depending on your major); contact your program.
- International Student Orientation Sessions - Your participation is required. See the Academic Calendar for dates.
Attend Welcome Week Activities and Programs
- Visit the New Student Orientation page to see what is going on
- Be sure to reserve your space for any trips or off-campus opportunities.