Congratulations on being accepted to Penn! The Assembly of International Students looks forward to meeting you in the fall! Meanwhile, we are here for you to help you through the transition. We have assembled a guide with the most important information you need to know, as well as a Frequently Asked Question section. If you can’t find an answer to your questions through any of the resources available on this website, please contact your international mentor, or AIS at We are more than glad to answer any of your questions.

To meet other international students of the class of 2017, join this Facebook group.

For easy browsing, please find below a list of the contents for this guide.

Housing at Penn

Dining Options on Campus

Groceries and Everyday Needs

Transportation Options in Philadelphia

Transportation to Penn after arriving in the US

Transferring Credits and Placements

Classes and Books

Learning Resources

Your dorm room