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Welcome Penn State International Students!
Transcript of Welcome Penn State International Students!
Welcome Penn State
Having a Penn State id+ card is one of the first steps needed
to establish yourself at the University.
Did you get a Penn State id+ card yet?
A: “DISSA” stands for the “Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising” and is a part of the University Office of Global Programs.
F-1 and J-1 students must print and sign their name, as well as date, at the bottom of page 1 of each I-20 or DS-2019 they receive.
Do you have dependents? YOU (the student) should also sign your dependents' I-20s or DS-2019s.
Mandatory Document Check-In must be completed through the Pre-Arrival Checklist or directly at
global.psu.edu/istart --> Admission
If you do not complete document check in within the first 30 days of the semester, your SEVIS record may be terminated!
A: The “Big Ten” is the oldest Division I college athletic conference in the United States. The “Big 10” is so BIG now that it is actually made up of 12 universities, including Penn State, and stretching as far as Nebraska!
How many engines did the Spruce Goose have?
Where was the first Wright Brothers flight conducted?
A: “The Daily Collegian.” This newspaper is published independently by students! Pick up a free copy anywhere on and around campus.
“Registered” status means that you have done the following:
Your I-20 or DS-2109 will NOT become active until you are in “registered” status!
A: More than 10! See if you can find them all!
International Market (Allen St.)
Far Corners (N. Atherton St.)
East Asian Market (Blue Course Dr.)
Momezon Korean Market (N. Atherton St.)
Krishnan Indiana Grocery (W. College Ave.)
East European Market (N. Atherton St.)
You can easily forward your Penn State email to your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or other email account.
Login to your PSU Webmail and go to “My Utilities” --> “System Settings” --> “Mail Settings.”
Staff at Penn State will always
use your Penn State email to contact you. Faculty could also use your Angel email (you can link this with your Penn State Email!).
A: 25 total. In addition to the World Campus, there are 24 campuses located throughout Pennsylvania!
There are several designated “quiet” areas on campus for studying.
Did you remember to sign your I-20 or DS-2019?
Rio de Janeiro
A: The Nittany Lion!
Are you in “registered” status yet?
Q:What is the name of the weekly newsletter issued by the University Office of Global Programs?
Gulf of California
A: The Global Lion !
Cheating on homework, exams,
and plagiarism is taken very seriously in the United States.
Examples of cheating/plagiarism include:
If you did not think of it yourself or site it, you are probably cheating or plagiarizing .
A: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, of
Ben & Jerry's ice cream!
In 2012, Penn State had 6,388 international students across all campuses (of which 5,540 were at University Park), and this number continues to grow!
A: The Hershey Kiss!
It is important in the United States to silence/turn off your cell phone before entering the following situations:
A: The Amish. The Amish are a strict sect of Mennonites who were followers of Amman and settled in America chiefly in the 18th century. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The largest group of Amish and Mennonites can be found in Ohio.
Fallingwater (2.5 hours away)
The Tuskegee airmen of World War II flew which aircraft with red tails?
List one or both of the Archerfield Tower frequencies
Finish this quote:
"Tower this Ghost Rider requesting a flyby..."
How many different makes of Jabiru are factory built by the Jabiru Factory in Bundaberg?
Who was the first non European airline to purchase an Airbus aircraft?
Which airline is operating the 747th, 747 produced by Boeing?
What was the registration of the Qantas 747 involved in a runway overrun incident at Don Mueang International Airport?
How much of Tiger Airways is now owned by Virgin Australia?
END OF ROUND 3
Q: What does "DISSA" stand for?
Q: Where is DISSA located?
Have you completed
Mandatory Document Check-In?
Q: What is the “Big Ten?”
Have you updated your address on eLion?
Your I-20 or DS-2019 cannot become active without this information!
Local = where you sleep in/around State College
Permanent = your address outside of the United States
(usually your home address from your home country)
If you haven't found permanent housing accommodation yet, you must still list the place you are currently sleeping, even if it is on a friend’s couch or temporary on campus housing!
If you move, your address must be updated within 10 days.
Received a tuition bill
(Your bill should be in eLion the Monday after you schedule)
Paid your tuition bill
(Generally, you have 10 days to pay your bill)
Q: How many international
are in the State College area?
Always check your Penn State email!
Never ignore an email from DISSA!
We only email you when it is important!
Q: How many Penn State campus locations are there?
Need a quiet place
Q: Who is the Penn State mascot?
Using the bathroom in the US might be different than the way you are used to using it at home.
No cheating please!
Q: What famous ice cream duo split the cost of a $5 correspondence course offered by the Penn State Creamery, leading to the start up of their successful business in 1978?
Meet your International Student Advisers!
Trivia # 9
Q: What year was The Pennsylvania State University established?
We are the world!
Our students come from over 141 different countries
across the globe!
Q: What famous chocolate candy is made near our medical school and is named after a common display of affection?
Use your cellphone wisely!
Cell phone disruption can be viewed
as disrespectful of someone’s time.
Q: Lancaster, Pennsylvania is famous for what group of people?
Sightseeing is closer than you think!
Washington, D.C. (4 hours)
Don’t miss the famous “Arts Fest” in downtown State College every July!
Q: What is the name of Penn State's
Pattee and Paterno Libraries
(signs posted for special quiet rooms/floors)
Residence Halls Study Spaces
See many more locations at
(or Google “Penn State Study Spaces”)
Please visit the id+ Office in the HUB as soon as possible to obtain your id+ card if you haven’t done so yet.
Once you have your id+card, don’t forget to go to a “signature station”
to activate your Penn State Access Account!
A: The fourth floor of
directly across from the HUB.
(See the back page of your Orientation Handbook
for a map!)
All F-1 and J-1 students are required to keep a local and permanent address up to date
AT ALL TIMES.
HUB Study Areas
Helping your classmate during an exam
Using your notes, phone, computer, or hand to look up an answer on an exam
Copying another author’s work and using it as your own
Some of their famous flavors include:
and "Half Baked"
During a presentation
Before entering a meeting with a professor, adviser, future employer, or other professional setting.
Pittsburgh (3 hours)
Philadelphia (3 hours)
New York City (4 hours)
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon (1 hour 45 minutes away)
Horseshoe Curve (1 hour away)
Gettysburg (2 hours 15 minutes away)
You may notice signs like this around campus...
Consider joining an international/multicultural student organization or club!
There are many to choose from (64 pages, in fact)!
for a complete list!
Mandatory Document Check-In is required for ALL new and returning F-1 and J-1 students.