International student orientation

International student orientation

The first step in orientation for international students is the individual New Student Orientation (NSO) and academic advising session. Some preparation is needed before the actual NSO advising session.

  1. Take the ALEKS Math Assessment
  2. Call or email the DUS (Division of Undergraduate Studies) Office to schedule an appointment for a meeting with an academic advisor. These are arranged via phone or Zoom. During this time, you will talk about your transition to Penn State, schedule classes and ask any questions you may have. 
  3. Prepare for Academic Advising by completing your pre-NSO homework
  4. Learn about the financial aid process for first-year students and paying your bill

The second step is move-in for International Students and required International Orientation programming.

More information about travel, re-entry, health insurance and more can be found on the University's Global Programs website.

All new students (regardless of age) are expected to complete Penn State AWARE (a sexual assault awareness learning module), and students who are 21 and under must complete Penn State SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education).  Following orientation, please check your Penn State Webmail account for information and updates about accessing and completing Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE.

You may log in and complete the Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE programs once invitation is sent via email.  Information and log-on for the SAFE and AWARE online learning resources can be found at