International Students

As Penn President Amy Gutmann has upheld, “we are a richer campus for our inclusion and diversity,” and our community benefits greatly from the presence of international students.


Over half of the PennDesign student body comes from abroad, representing 37 countries, as well as 43 states in the U.S. We welcome and support students from all over the world–and we believe that international students make our school a stronger and more vibrant intellectual community. Students also have the opportunity to travel to studio locations and summer abroad programs in countries across the globe.

The University of Pennsylvania will be coming to Delhi and Beijing this summer to meet our incoming students from China and India. For more information, go to https://global.upenn.edu/isss/programs/forerunner

Below are some of the many resources geared specifically to the needs of international students.

New Student Information from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
International Student Orientation is for all incoming F-1 or J-1 international students. ISO is designed to help students confirm arrival on Penn's campus for required government reporting, understand important immigration regulations and procedures required of F-1 & J-1 students, and assist new students in adjusting to life at Penn, in Philadelphia, and in the US. For more information and for mandatory new student check-in requirements, go to https://global.upenn.edu/isss/orientation

Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives 

PennKey 

International House Philadelphia (iHP) 

English Language Program (ELP)

Online Question and Answer Sessions
The Graduate Student Center will be hosting online Question and Answer sessions for new international students on April 21 and May 18. The sessions will cover information on what students should bring with them, where to shop, transportation, banking information, and more! To find out more, including how to register, click here.