President Spanier will welcome record number of international students

August 16, 2010

More than 1,300 new international students will be welcomed to Penn State's University Park campus this fall, making a total of 4,400 international students at this campus, representing 5 percent of the student body.

Penn State President Graham Spanier will welcome the new students and their families from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the President's Annual Welcome Address in the HUB's Alumni Hall. More than 800 are expected to attend.

"One of the University's key strategic initiatives is realizing our potential as a global university. This goal is realized in part by American faculty and students engaging overseas, but also welcoming the world to our campus," said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs.

The President's Annual Welcome Address is part of the University Office of Global Programs' (UOGP) two-week New International Student Orientation held Aug. 9-22. The orientation program offers workshops, sessions and social and cultural activities designed to help students adjust to the campus culture and life in the United States.

"It's time consuming to set up life in a new country," explained Tia Trueblood, program coordinator for the new international student orientation. "There are some processes that can be done in their home countries, but most things such as setting up bank accounts, cell phones, I.D. cards, housing, insurance, and registration can only happen in person."

A full orientation schedule can be found online at

Details of the Welcome Address: Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs, will speak at 9 a.m. and introduce President Spanier, who will address the crowd at approximately 9:15 a.m.

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Last Updated August 19, 2010