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  1. As an international student, what can I study at Penn State Beaver?

  2. Can I participate in sports on campus?

  3. What kind of on-campus housing is available?

  4. What is there to do on campus?

  5. What type of visa do I need to attend Penn State?

  6. When should I apply for a visa?

  7. Do I need health Insurance?

  8. What immunizations do I need to receive before attending Penn State?

  9. What is the weather like at Penn State Beaver? What should I bring to prepare for the weather?

  10. Where can I learn more about becoming an international student at Penn State?

 

  1. Q: As an international student, what can I study at Penn State Beaver?

    1. The answer to this question depends on your major. Penn State has a program called the "2 + 2 program." This allows you to begin the first two years of your degree at Beaver campus, then move to another Penn State location to complete your degree, or you may choose to stay at Beaver for four years to acquire one of the campus' five baccalaureate degrees. For more information, visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more about choosing a campus and the 2 + 2 program, or visit Beaver campus at www.beaver.psu.edu.  


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  2. Q: Can I participate in sports on campus?

    1. Of course! Penn State Beaver has eight varsity teams as well as many intramural sports. To learn more, visit Penn State Beaver athletics.


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  3. Q: What kind of on-campus housing is available?

    1. Harmony Hall residence hall is located on campus and can house more than 200 students. The basics about bedding will be provided when you arrive. In addition, there are plenty of shopping facilities near the campus.


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  4. Q: What is there to do on campus?

    1. Throughout the year, the Office of Student Activities hosts a wide range of events on campus, and there are lots of clubs, organizations, and sports teams. For more information, please visit Student Activities.  


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  5. Q: What type of visa do I need to attend Penn State?

    1. To attend Penn State Beaver or any Penn State location, a student must apply for and receive an F-1 or J-1 visa from the United States.

      The F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa and the student must prove to the visa office that he/she has ties to his/her home country and will not remain in the United States once his/her education is complete.

      The J-1 visa is also a non-immigrant visa status. There are two important differences in this type of visa compared to the F-1 visa. A J-1 visa holder must return to his/her home country for a minimum of two years after completing his/her degree before reentering the United States. A J-1 visa holder can not change residency status to another within the U.S. However, a J-1 visa holder can apply for work permission.

      There are also other visa options a student may consider, but the F-1 and J-1 are the recommended options. For more information, please visit Global Programs


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  6. Q: When should I apply for a visa?

    1. Once you have accepted your offer of admission to Penn State, you will begin the process of receiving your I-20 and applying for your student visa. For information on requesting your I-20, please visit Global Programs
       


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  7. Q: Do I need health Insurance?

    1. Yes. Health Insurance is mandatory for international students who choose to attend Penn State. In addition, all dependents, including a spouse and/or children, are required to have health insurance. For more information on how to obtain health insurance and to learn what is expected, please visit us at Health Services

       


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  8. Q: What immunizations do I need to receive before attending Penn State?

    1. Domestic and international students are required to have certain immunizations prior to attending Penn State.

      For international students, the required immunizations include measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Tuberculosis (TB) testing for foreign-born students at high risk for TB is required. Pennsylvania law states that all students living in University housing must be immunized against meningococcal disease or complete a waiver of exemption.

      For more information on immunization requirements for international students, please visit Health Services.

       


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  9. Q: What is the weather like at Penn State Beaver? What should I bring to prepare for the weather?

    1. Penn State Beaver is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania which has four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. These various seasons include snow, rain, low or freezing temperatures, mild temperatures, heat, humidity, dry air, cool air, and sunshine. 

      You will need clothing to accommodate the changing seasons as well as professional clothing for interviews and special occasions. Rain protection, such as an umbrella and a heavy coat, are necessities. Students have access to multiple shopping facilities near campus, so if you don't have what you need when you arrive, we'll help you determine what purchases need to be made.


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  10. Q: Where can I learn more about becoming an international student at Penn State?

    1. For information, please visit Penn State’s Global Programs. This website will answer all or most of your questions. Be sure to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.


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