Information for International Students

The University of Pennsylvania is committed to diversity and inclusion. International students make significant contributions to the Wharton community, including a wealth of diverse personal, cultural, and business experiences. From university resources to events and student clubs, we are committed to supporting you in your transition to Wharton and making the most of your time in Philadelphia.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is responsible for the general welfare of international students at the University of Pennsylvania. ISSS staff provides advice, information, and referrals on matters such as immigration, employment, overseas travel, social and personal adjustment to a new culture, and academic life in the U.S. We encourage you to visit their website for more information on available services and resources, particularly suggestions for getting started at Penn.

Visa Information for International Students

International students who are non-immigrants will need a student visa (J-1 or F-1) to enter the U.S. and attend the University of Pennsylvania, unless they have another non-immigrant status (such as A, G, or H-4 non-immigrant status) that permits study. Please refer to the Admit Checklist for steps to start the visa process.


We invite you to attend the International Student Welcome Reception taking place at the start of Pre-Term. This reception will be an opportunity to learn more about specific academic and community resources particularly relevant to international students, as well as meet and mingle with your classmates who hail from over 70 countries around the world.