The first step in orientation for international students is an individual New Student Orientation (NSO) and academic advising session. Some preparation is needed before the actual NSO advising session.
- If you've just been accepted to Penn State, congratulations! Be sure to accept your admission offer.
- Check your email regularly. We'll reach out using the email address provided on your admissions application.
- Register and Attend Virtual NSO at Penn State Greater Allegheny (early April)
- Prepare for Academic Advising by completing your pre-NSO checklist (available March 2).
- Take the ALEKS Math Assessment
- Learn about the financial aid process and paying your bill.
- Bring appropriate ID to your advising appointment so you can get your Penn State ID.
- Complete Penn State AWARE. All new students (regardless of age) are expected to complete Penn State AWARE, a sexual assault awareness learning module. Students who are 21 and under must complete Penn State SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education). Following orientation, please check your email for information and updates about accessing and completing these learning modules.
Step 2: Move-In
This is required International Orientation programming. While you are able to schedule your courses for the Fall semester over video conference early, you are still expected to attend an NSO session, prior to the start of the semester.
If you are interested in living on campus, you should have submitted a request for a housing contract when you accepted your offer of admission. Housing-contract offers are sent electronically and must be submitted online via LiveOn Greater Allegheny before the deadline. If you submit it on time, you’re guaranteed on-campus housing. Not sure of your status? Call 412-675-9100 or log on to Greater Allegheny Campus Living. More information will be provided at New Student Orientation and via email.
More information about travel, re-entry, health insurance and more can be found on the University's Global Programs website.