Penn State welcomes international students

The University Office of Global Programs is welcoming approximately 1,000 new international students to Penn State's University Park campus. New international student orientation kicked off on Aug. 10, and will continue through Aug. 23. The orientation is designed to welcome new students to the community and ease their transition to life at Penn State and in the United States in general. The program includes a wide variety of orientation sessions on topics such as government regulations, student insurance, banking in the U.S., American culture, residence hall life and much more. Social activities are also planned for the students such as dinner outings, a scavenger hunt, a Mount Nittany hike and a day trip to Washington, D.C.

The orientation went into full swing on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the welcome picnic and information fair held at the Bryce Jordan Center. Rain caused the picnic to be moved inside, but it certainly didn’t dampen spirits. Over 600 students and their families enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers while browsing the many organization booths. Representatives from a variety of international student organizations, Penn State resources, community groups and local businesses were present.

On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 13, students received a formal welcome from Penn State President Graham Spanier in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. Spanier and Michael Adewumi, vice provost for global programs, each delivered an address before mingling with students during a breakfast reception.

Each year, the new international student orientation not only acclimates international students to life at Penn State but also introduces the community to this diverse population of students.

Over 140 dedicated student volunteers (many of whom are international students themselves or students who have studied abroad) are helping to make this event possible.

To see photos from the orientation program, visit online.

Last Updated November 18, 2010