February 22nd, 2023

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ISSS News & Events

Self-Advocacy + Professional Communication


📅  Friday, February 24, 1:00 - 1:30 PM
📍 Global Policy Lab, Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

What's the proper way to write an email? How do you approach a one-on-one meeting? What's the most effective way to ask for a recommendation and other forms of support? This workshop presents concrete, step-by-step guidance for navigating professional communication to get your needs and goals met in a U.S. college setting. .


Navigating the Internship- and Job-Search Process in the U.S


📅 Friday, February 14, 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

📍JMHH 270

Join ISSS, Wharton, and Career Services advisors and Wharton juniors and seniors to learn about CPT and OPT, and how to search for and navigate internships and jobs in the US as an international student.


OPT Student Workshop


📅 Monday, February 27, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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

Happening Around Campus

International Student Empowerment Group


📅 Every Thursday,  3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, from March 2 - April 20 

📍 Counseling Services,3624 Market St #1, PA 19104

International Student Empowerment Group is an English-speaking support group. The group will meet on Thursdays weekly from March 2 to April 20 at Counseling Services. It is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional international students. Pre-group screening is required.

⏰ Registration closes on March 1.


Mandarin Community Support Group 


📅 Every Wednesday,  3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, from March 1 - April 19

📍 Counseling Services,3624 Market St #1, PA 19104

Mandarin Community Support Group is a Mandarin-speaking support group. The group will meet on Wednesdays weekly from March 1 to April 19 at Counseling Services. It is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who speak Mandarin. Pre-group screening is required. Registration closes on February 28.

⏰ Registration closes on February 28.


Penn Resources For English Language Learning

English Language Program (ELP)

Family Resource Center

Graduate Student Center (GSC)

  • Language Chats – Practice speaking English and other languages in an informal setting.
  • Culture Chats – Learn about U.S. culture during lunchtime summer chats.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

  • Culture Crossings – A series of workshops and events for Penn’s global community.

Marks Family Writing Center

  • Appointments for individual writing guidance and feedback for undergraduate students.

Penn Libraries

Weingarten Center

  • Learning Consultations – Appointments for discussing strategies for managing coursework in an additional language, including academic reading, academic writing, and academic presentations.

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