Frequently Asked Questions
We know that you probably have a lot of questions about coming to Penn State Law, and we're dedicated to making sure you have all the information you need. We've compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about our program below.
A. Congratulations! Yes, there are several things you need to do in order to be officially admitted. You need to accept our admission by hand in some paperwork which should be attached to the email you received. You also need to pay a small amount of deposit fee.
A. Yes, of course. Here’s the procedure:
A. Here is the instruction for VISA application: https://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/pre-arrival/visa-application-sevis-i-901-fee-visa-application-fee
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 admission letter. Upon arrival at the Port of Entry, you will be issued and 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 take an airplane. The United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta all have fights to the University Park airport (airport code: SCE). Please check with these or any other airline companies for flight information.
A. Penn State does provide pick up services. Nonetheless, since the Law School schedule is weeks earlier than other departments, there’s no guarantee that this service will be available by the time you arrive. Please check this website for up-to-date information: https://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/international-student-orientation
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/
Or you can just call a taxi from the airport. See these options: http://universityparkairport.com/passenger-info/taxis-shuttles/
Or simply call an Uber driver. There are plenty of drivers here. All you need to do is to download Uber app and register according to their instruction.
A. The Law School will provide temporary housing options for new international students upon your arrival. More information to be announced.
If you need to find a hotel room for some reasons, you can find the list of hotels here: 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 get yourself a health insurance plan according to the university’s policy. Information can be found here: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/services/insurance
Feel free to contact the Student Health Insurance office for more information:
Office 304: Student Health Insurance
University Health Services
A. A Penn State Access Account is a digital identity for students, faculty, staff, and designated affiliates of the University. The electronic profile grants permissions to users for protected online University resources and services. Access Accounts provide access to the University 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 obtaining your student ID card as well as email address. There will also be held 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 information here: http://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/dependents
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 elementary schools or high schools, here is the link of State College School District: http://www.scasd.org/
A. The tuition bill should be paid on semester basis. That means you need to pay your bills at the beginning of each semester. There are several options available to pay your semester bill. For more information on these, go to this link: https://global.psu.edu/node/882
Also, you can choose to split the payment of your tuition bill into three times every semester via the Installment Payment Plan. See information here: http://www.bursar.psu.edu/payplans.cfm
A. You can find (hopefully) all information you need on this website: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/intranet/current-students/bursar
If you still can’t find the answer to your question, please contact:
Room: 240 Lewis Katz Building
A. You can find some information here: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/intranet/current-students/financial-aid-office
Room: 105B Lewis Katz Building
A. You will be assigned to an academic adviser by the university and informed about it via email. The first thing you need to do is to talk to your academic adviser. There are some requirements on core curriculum (courses you must take) as well as the amount of credits you can/must take each semester. We recommend you to meet with your adviser and design your schedule together.
The Fall 2017 Registration Material is now available for your review.
For more questions on course registration, please contact:
Room: 250D Lewis Katz Building
A. Please check the academic calendar: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/information-current-students/registrar/academic-calendars
A. It is possible that you may continue studying for a third semester under certain circumstances. Please find the information in the academic handbook: http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/llm_academic_handbook
Room: 222 Lewis Katz Building
A. You can get it from the university registrar. See link here: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/enrollment_verifications/enrollment_verification_services.cfm
A. We won’t provide GPA letters unless you request it. If you do need one, please contact:
Room: 208B Lewis Katz Building
A. We do have a Career Service Office at Room 307 of Lewis Katz Building which is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They will answer all your questions regarding employment in the USA which you might have, assist you to prepare the documents for the interview and give advices for your future career. 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
It is also recommended that you should look for potential employers through different ways, including job fairs or alumni network.
A. Please look into this website for suggestions: https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/intranet/cso
A. See information here: https://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/maintenance-status/travel-information
A. It is a long and complicated process. Here is the link to get some idea about the process: https://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/employment/f-1-optional-practical-training-opt/post-completion-opt
DISSA will also host several OPT information sessions during the fall/spring semester. You will be notified via your Penn State email.
We strongly recommend you to start your application earlier as you can, since it may take longer than you expected.
A. DISSA is in charge of general international student advising and should be able to provide you with all the answers. They are located at 410 Boucke Building. Their office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (closed 12:00 pm -1:00 pm for lunch). You can call them at 814-865-6348 or email DISSA-Adviser@psu.edu.
DISSA also have walk-in advising hours as below:
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 small and peaceful town in central Pennsylvania. It is renowned for its open and pluralistic community, as well as safe and friendly environment. Years after year it has been ranked among the best towns in Pennsylvania and in America. See links below:
A. CataBus is the exclusive local bus service in State College. For information about bus routes, schedules, or bus pass, see here: 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
There are several taxi services in State College. See the link here: http://universityparkairport.com/passenger-info/taxis-shuttles/
Feel free to use Uber. There are quite a few drivers here.
A. Please see the website below: https://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/drivers-license-state-id
A. Of course! There will be an involvement fair at the beginning of each semester which you can attend and learn about all the organizations. Also, 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 only allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week. There are also some documents you need to fill prior to your work. See information here: http://global.psu.edu/info/internationals-psu/students/employment
A. You can use the free legal service for students. 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 etc. See link below: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/
There are other hospitals with which you can schedule an appointment, like the Mount Nittany Medical Center: http://www.mountnittany.org
There are also several urgent care centers in State College, find one location nearby: http://medexpress.com/local-centers/pennsylvania/state-college.aspx
A. Yes, you can. We do have safe walk service here. Call 814-865-9255.
You will be asked to tell 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. Right, call 911 for urgent matters. Notice for non-emergency issues, you can also contact our University Police at 814-863-1111 or find them at the Eisenhower Parking Deck. Another option is the State College Police Dept. Call 814-234-7150 or goes to 243 South Allen Street. They are available 24-7.