Penn State Abington

International Students at penn state abington

International Students
International Students
International Students
International Students
International Students
International Students

The Office of Intercultural Affairs serves international students by assisting with all required legal documentation and services for nonimmigrant students on F-1 and J-1 status at Penn State University, Abington Campus. We have provided information and links below as a resource for new and current students as well as prospective students considering attendance at Penn State University, Abington Campus.

Prospective Students

Visiting Campus:  International students can contact Admissions to schedule a visit.  We also encourage you to email the Office of Intercultural Affairs so that we may have the opportunity to meet you and your family on campus.  If you cannot come to campus, take our Virtual Tour.


Admissions Process, click here.

New Students


Process for obtaining I-20, click here.


Housing, click here.


Financial:  For information regarding local banking institutions around Penn State Abington, see the section below:  Campus/Area Resources.


Peer Transfer:   We recommend international students sign up with peerTransfer to manage deposits, tuition payments and other fees from their international home bank account.  For more information.


Tuition:  International students need to be aware that tuition is due on a different timetable than domestic students.  However, once you are on campus, you will be able to finalize the process through your Penn State Access account.


Mandatory Health Insurance:   All international students in F-1 and J-1 status studying at Penn State must have health insurance for the entire period of study at Penn State. 

For general information regarding health insurance.

International students may purchase the Penn State Health Insurance Plan or purchase their own health plan.  Health plan options for international students are available at:


Arriving to campus – It is recommended that students make flight arrangements to arrive no later than two days before orientation to adjust and enjoy the orientation activities.  Any return flight arrangements should be scheduled after the last date of final exams.  Check the Academic Calendar


Transport to campus from PHL Airport, click here


New International Student Orientation Program:  During orientation, you will complete government document requirements, schedule courses, and become familiar with the campus.

Current Students

Adjusting to your New Environment:  Stay Interested and Open with the people you meet in your new environment and the experiences you have with them.  Be interested in asking questions to understand them and be open so that they can ask questions to better understand you.  Do not judge as good or bad or right or wrong.    Become Engaged on campus or in a cultural community off campus.  Participate in campus groups or cultural activities that you would like to try or you know you will enjoy.


Studying away is both exciting and challenging.  There will be times that the challenges seem to outweigh the excitement.  At these times, you may find that you are homesick or feel distracted from your academic work and social group.  We recommend you share these feelings and talk to student mentors or staff in the Office of Intercultural Affairs.


Academics:  Your responsibility to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status requires you to register as a full-time student (12 credits) per semester.  You are also responsible for maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.01 to remain in good academic standing overall.  NOTE:  Some programs may require a higher minimum GPA.  If you are having difficulty with your courses, seek advisement from resources available, such as the Learning Center, your advisor, or staff in the Office of Intercultural Affairs.


Advising:  Advisers are available to help you reach your educational goals.  Students should meet with their advisors, at least, once per semester to decide on courses and to get help understanding academic policies and procedures.  See more information about the Advising Center.



Tutoring:  The Learning Center is available if you find that you need help with your studies.  Tutors and consultants are available in Math, Science, Writing and Study Strategies.


Travel & Re-entry into the US:  Students must bring documents to the Office of Intercultural Affairs at least two (2) weeks before travel.  The Office will send your I-20/DS 2019 to Global Programs at University Park for signature for re-entry.  We require two weeks since all Designated School Officials authorized to sign immigration documents are located at University Park.


Leave of absence from Penn State Abington:  Students that require a leave of absence from their studies at Penn State Abington (for example:  mandatory military service), must complete a Leave of Absence form.  Forms can be found in the Scheduling Office 121 Sutherland.  There is the option to request an extension of the Penn State Access Account during the leave.  There is a monthly charge to extend access.


Resuming study at Penn State Abington after a Leave of Absence:  Students must provide their name and PSU ID# to the Registrar’s Office and the courses for the semester they wish to take upon return.  The Registrar’s Office will re-enroll the student until access to registration for the student is reinstated.  If a student did not file a Leave of Absence, the student should contact Office of International Affairs for further instructions to resume their studies at Penn State, Abington Campus.

Campus/Area Resources

Penn State University, Abington Campus is located in suburban Philadelphia.  Abington is a mature community which provides a number of services and shopping centers to its residents.  Residents enjoy being able to easily commute to Center City Philadelphia via public transportation.


Cultural Organizations on Campus: International Cultural Alliance, Southeast Asian student organization (SASA), Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, Hillel.


SEPTA:  Public transportation system serving the Philadelphia and suburbs.  Schedules and routes can be found here.


Religious Services:


Churches, click here

Mosques, click here

Buddhist temples, click here


Medical Services:   Penn State Abington is located near Abington Memorial Hospital in the event of emergency care.


Philadelphia Visitors Center:


Embassy Consulates:


Banks:  There are a number of banks in the Abington (19001) area:  Citizens, National Penn, PNC, Santander (Sovereign), Susquehanna, TD Bank, Wells Fargo

The closest to the campus is PNC Bank.  PNC also provides an ATM on campus


Shopping:  A number of local shops and chain stores are close by to the Penn State Abington campus community.  The nearest major shopping mall is the Willow Grove Park Mall


International Markets:

Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez
Director of Intercultural Affairs
Lisa  Scholly
Lisa Scholly
Administrative Support Coordinator

Jose Rodriguez
Director of Intercultural Affairs

Lisa Scholly
Administrative Support Coordinator