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International Student Information

University Office of Global Programs

The University Office of Global Programs' key focus is on internationals coming to Penn State, study abroad students going from Penn State, and building strategic partnerships.

Prospective International Students can contact Pre-Arrival Advising at:
Telephone: 814-865-6348

Directorate of International Student and Scholars Advising (DISSA)

DISSA staff provides advice, information and referrals on matters related to international students. DISSA issues I-20s for F-1 visas or DS-2019s for J-1 visas to most students.  However, they also provide information and services to international students who will study at Penn State in other visa / immigration categories. Pre-Arrival Advising is the source for questions and/or guidance for all new or prospective international students as they navigate the pre-arrival steps required to enroll at Penn State.

What to Pack

  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport
  • Medical history records, immunizations, prescriptions, etc. for yourself and accompanying dependents
  • At least two business suits
  • Clothing for a variety of weather conditions throughout the year - view our What to Wear section for an idea on what types of clothing to pack.
  • Most students begin their search for housing as soon as possible after admittance into the program.  For more information on local housing options, please see Housing Information.
  • There is a bulletin board on the 4th floor of Boucke Building where students often post housing availabilities or housing needed.


We work closely with the University Office of Global Programs to coordinate our activities and ensure our international MBA students receive the necessary information and complete the required tasks.

Please note: Some dates for international student orientation activities may appear to be in conflict with MBA activities but we have made necessary arrangements to ensure compliance so you will follow the MBA Orientation Schedule.

UOGP (University Office of Global Programs) will also provide additional international student specific details and information on their website as it becomes available.

Driver's License Information

Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa must provide the information mentioned on the Penn State Global Programs page in order to apply for a Pennsylvania Driver's License through the PA Department of Transportation. If you are not eligible for a Pennsylvania Driver's License, you can drive for up to one year if you have a valid foreign driver's license and an international driving permit. View this site to find out where in your country to obtain an International Driver’s Permit.  Please be aware that preparing a PA Driver's License may take some time, anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on factors such as preparation of paperwork, studying for the exam, paying fees, etc.  Be familiar with the process and plan accordingly, especially should you need your license by a certain date.

Documents for Students on Provisional 2 Status

You may have received notification from either the Graduate School or the MBA Admissions Office that you are currently on a Provisional 2 status until the Graduate School receives official confirmation of your baccalaureate degree or post-secondary degree. While you have submitted your transcripts during the application process, it may not meet the specific requirements of the Graduate School.

If you are on Provisional 2 status, as you are preparing to arrive please remember to bring one of the following:

  • An official transcript showing the degree awarded and the date of its conferral (this must be a specific date with a month, day, and year)
  • Your original diploma

Visa Application

Immunization Requirements

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