January 25th, 2023

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ISSS News & Events

Spring International Student Webinar Session

🔍 OPT For F1 Students Webinar 

Register for an upcoming webinar on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) application process!  OPT is F-1 work permission that can be used before or after graduation. This webinar will introduce you to the basics of OPT, including application timelines, eligibility, types of employment on OPT, and more. Members of the ISSS team will respond to your questions live.

An understanding of OPT is expected before attending the workshop online. Please visit ISSS website for more information about OPT:

2 - 3 PM, 1/31/2023
OPT Workshop + Q&A - Register here

1 - 2 PM, 2/16/2023
OPT Q&A - Register here

12:30 - 1: 30 PM, 2/27/2023
OPT Q&A - Register here

1 - 2 PM, 3/14/2023
OPT Q&A - Register here

🔍 F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Webinar 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is intended to provide work experience in the U.S. where the work is an integral part of your academic program, prior to completion of that program. This webinar will open with an overview of the CPT application process, eligibility, and timeline, followed by a Q&A with members of the ISSS advising team.

2 - 3 PM, 4/04/2023
CPT Workshop - Register here

Weitzman School of Design Pop-up Advising Session           

📅 Tuesday, January 31, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

📍Upper Gallery of Meyerson Hall

Join ISSS advisors for answers to your quick questions in a “Pop Up” advising session in the Upper Gallery of Meyerson Hall from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Tuesday, January 31. 

Get quick answers on F-1 work permission for summer internships, CPT, OPT, travel, on campus work and more.

Wharton PhD Pop-up Advising Session 

📅 Wednesday, February 1, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

📍Suite 3500, Steinburg-Dietrich Hall

Join ISSS advisors for answers to your quick questions in a “Pop Up” advising session in Suite 3500, Steinburg-Dietrich Hall from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Wednesday, February 1.  

Get quick answers on F-1 work permission for summer internships, CPT, OPT, travel, on campus work and more.

Talk and Taste With ISSS


📅 Monday January 30, 3 - 4 PM
📍 Conference room, Suite 305, St.Leonard's Court, 3819 Chestnut Street  

Come to ISSS for a study break, chat with our staff, and enjoy hot drinks and snacks! Please be informed that this is NOT walk-in advising.  Save the dates for this bi-weekly event: Time: 3 PM - 4 PM Dates:

  • Janunary 30, Monday
  • February 14, Tuesday
  • March 1, Wednesday
  • March 16, Thursday
  • April 10, Monday
  • April 25, Tuesday
  • May 3, Wednesday 

Culture Crossings Excursion


📅 Friday, January 27, begin at 7 PM
📍 310 S. Quince St., Philadelphia, PA19107

ISSS Culture Crossings is a program that includes workshops, social events, and local excursions aimed at helping Penn’s international community members become more adjusted, integrated, and successful at Penn.

The January 27th excursion takes 15 students to Mask and Wig's 134th Annual Production: A Doomsday in the Life, at 310 S. Quince Street Philadelphia.

Tickets are available for 15 students, and students will be selected based on RSVP, with priority given to students who attend Brunch with Dr. Rudie on the same day.

Students may only attend one excursion and one Brunch with Dr. Rudie every academic year.

Sign up deadline is extended to 1/26!

Happening Around Campus

AIS Spring Applications 


⏰ Ferurary 2, 11:59PM

AIS Spring Applications are live!

Access our application here, and sign up for coffee chats with board members if you want to learn more!


Let's Talk

📅 Every Tuesday,  3 - 5 PM

📍 Conference room, Suite 305, St.Leonard's Court, 3819 Chestnut Street  

Let’s Talk provides access to free and confidential drop-in conversations with a trained professional at various locations across campus. Students can talk about any stress and anxiety they are feeling, bounce around ideas, and work through their emotions.


Academics Plus 

The Weingarten Center partners with Student CounselingPenn Libraries, and International Student and Scholar Services to offer dynamic workshops for international undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

These workshops address language, culture, and resources for students from linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Chinese Queer Women's Group

This group is open to UPenn Chinese queer women who identify as ciswomen, transwomen, non-binary, and questioning. This is a Mandarin-speaking discussion group. The goal is to build a community and a safe and affirming space. Please feel free to reach out to Yupu for further information. If you would like to join, please contact Yupu for a 15-minute screening.

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