Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have a lot of questions before coming to Penn State Law, and we're dedicated to ensuring you have all the information you need. We've compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions below.
A. Congratulations! Yes, there are several things you need to do in order to be officially admitted. Please refer to the admittance letter for deposit instructions.
A. Yes, of course. Here’s the procedure:
A. Please visit the Global Penn State website for information about applying for a visa.
A. Up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. All students should enter the United States and check-in with ISSS prior to the start date listed on their I-20 or DS-2019.
A. You will need your I-20 or DS-2019, valid US entry visa, passport, and admittance letter. Upon arrival at the port of entry, you will be issued an electronic I-94 arrival/departure record. To access this record, please go to https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/recent-search
A. The most convenient way is to arrive at University Park Airport (SCE). United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta all have daily fights to the University Park Airport.
A. Penn State does not provide pick up services. The airport is a 10-minute drive from campus. Please visit https://global.psu.edu/article/transportation for information about other local transportation options.
One alternative is to seek help from the student association of your own country at Penn State. They will usually arrange pick-up services on individual basis. Look for these organizations here: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/orgdirectory/
Taxi service is available. See: http://universityparkairport.com/passenger-info/taxis-shuttles/
Uber service is also available by accessing your "app."
A. The Law School will provide temporary housing options for new international students upon your arrival. The information can be accessed at this site: https://arrival.psu.edu/pre-semester-housing
Here is a list of hotel options: http://www.visitpennstate.org/sleep/hotels-motels-&-inns/
For on campus living options, White Course Apartments, located on the west side of the University Park campus, provides a unique environment for full-time graduate students - singles, couples, and families. You can find more information here: http://housing.psu.edu/amenities-features
If you choose to live off campus, we have already prepared the information for you here: https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/housing-university-park
A. Yes. You are required to obtain a health insurance plan for you and your family members according to the university’s policy. Information can be found here: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/requirements-international-students.
Please feel free to contact the Student Health Insurance office for more information:
Office 201 Student Health Center
University Health Services
A. A Penn State Access Account is a digital identity for students, faculty, staff, and designated PSU affiliates. The electronic profile grants permission to users for protected online PSU resources and services. Access Accounts provide access to the PSU community at all times, while maintaining a high level of security.
The following link contains everything you need to know about your Access Account: http://www.identity.psu.edu/services/authentication-services/access-accounts/
A. During your first two weeks at Penn State Law, we will help you obtain your student ID card as well as email address. We will convene a new student orientation where you can learn about everything you need to know in order to live and study at Penn State.
A. Yes. They can apply for a Visa as your dependents. See: https://global.psu.edu/category/dependents-spouse-children
A. For information about child care resources, please visit: http://ohr.psu.edu/employee-and-family-resources/your-family/child-care-resources
For information about public schools, please see: http://www.scasd.org/
A. The tuition bill should be paid during each semester in residence. That means you need to pay your bills at the beginning of each semester. Several options are available. Please see: https://bursar.psu.edu/payment-options
Also, you can split your tuition bill into three payments each semester via the Installment Payment Plan. See: http://www.bursar.psu.edu/payplans.cfm
A. Please see: https://bursar.psu.edu/payment-options#Installment
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Rachel Arnold
Lewis Katz Building, Room 240
A. You can find some information here: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/intranet/current-students/financial-aid-office
You may also contact:
Ms. Susan Bogart
Lewis Katz Building, Room 105B
A. Penn State Law will assign an academic adviser to you. You will consult with your academic adviser to plan your schedule for both required and elective courses.
Visit our registration webpage for more information.
For more questions on course registration, please contact:
Ms. Debbie Direcks
Lewis Katz Building, Room 250D
A. Please check the academic calendar: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/information-current-students/registrar/academic-calendars
A. You may continue third semester studies under certain circumstances. Please find the information in the Academic Handbook: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/llm_academic_handbook
Professor Richard Settgast
Lewis Katz Building, Room 222
A. You can obtain verification from the university registrar. See link here: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/enrollment_verifications/enrollment_verification_services.cfm
A. We will provide GPA letters upon request. Please contact:
Ms. Jing Hu
Lewis Katz Building, Room 208B
A. Students should take into account the transition to a new legal system, increased class preparation requirements, and for many, a “new” language (English) environment. We recommend that students come financially prepared to devote full attention to their full-time studies. However, part-time student employment is available at Penn State University’s “Student Union” (activity center). See https://foodservices.psu.edu/hub-dining-student-employment-office. Applicants and admitted students should NOT contact Penn State Food Services until they arrive and are enrolled at Penn State Law. Students can apply for positions in August, and can usually start employment in September. Hours are flexible (6-18 hours/week) and wages are approximately $9-11/hour.
A. Students should NOT plan on a research assistant position as these positions are very limited. Penn State Law professors may have limited research assistantships available, but such positions are limited by budget and also the academic scholarship that the applicant contributes to the professors’ ongoing research needs. Interested students should first become personally acquainted with the professor while in residence, and then make an appointment, several weeks after arrival, to explore the professor’s needs.
A. Please visit Career Services Office in the Lewis Katz Building, room 307, open daily Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Representataive are available to answer your questions regarding employment in the USA, to assist you in preparing interview documents, and to provide additional assistance. Please note that you should make an appointment before your visit. Call 814-867-2070, or make an appointment online: https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/intranet/cso/career-services
A. We do have some job search resources on our website that might be helpful: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/intranet/cso/important-job-search-resources
You can also seek opportunities through job fairs and our alumni network.
DISSA will also host several OPT information sessions during the fall/spring semester and you will be notified via your Penn State email.
We strongly recommend you start your application at the earliest opportunity.
A. DISSA is in charge of general international student advising and should be able to provide you with all the answers. DISSA is located at 410 Boucke Building, office hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. for lunch). You can call them at 814-865-6348 or email DISSA-Adviser@psu.edu.
DISSA also has the following walk-in (no appointment) hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Thursday and Friday- 8:30 am to 11:30 am
A. State College is a vibrant university community located in central Pennsylvania. World-class academics, access to a wide range of activities, and diversity are hallmarks.
A. CataBus is the exclusive local bus service in State College. For information about bus routes, schedules, or bus passes, see: http://www.catabus.com/
As a graduate student, you might be eligible to apply for a RIDEpass. See the eligibility requirements and registration instructions here: http://transportation.psu.edu/ridepass-graduate-students
For taxi services in State College, please see: http://universityparkairport.com/passenger-info/taxis-shuttles/
Uber service is also available by accessing your Uber "app."
A. You have more than 1,000 to choose from! You can find a list of student organizations here: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/orgdirectory/
A. Yes. Certain jobs are open for all Penn State students both on and off campus. However, you are permitted to work up to 20 hours each week. See information here: https://global.psu.edu/category/employment
A. You can use student legal services. Make an appointment here: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/legalservices
A. As a Penn State student, you can make use of our University Health Services, including medical care, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other services. See: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/
A. Yes, you can. We do have a safe walk service here. Call 814-865-9255.
You will be asked to provide your name, telephone number, your present location, and your intended destination. You will be given the approximate time that your Auxiliary Officer will arrive.
A. Yes! Call 911 for urgent matters. For non-emergency issues, you can also contact our University Police at 814-863-1111, or you can visit University Police at the Eisenhower Parking Deck. Another option is the State College Police Department, located at 243 South Allen Street. Call 814-234-7150. Police services are available 24/7.