WELCOME TO NEW INTERNATIONAL OWLS!
International Student Affairs works closely with the Office of International Admissions and the Office of New Student and Family Programs to support our newest international Owls. After students submit an enrollment deposit to the University, ISA connects with all incoming students to provide detailed arrival information and offer personalized assistance in the months leading up to the start of a new semester.
If you are a new student and need help, we encourage you to connect with us via email at email@example.com. Below you will find common questions and answers that we typically receive from new students.
Important Spring 2023 Semester Pre-Arrival Information
All new international students are highly encouraged to arrive on Thursday, January 12, 2023. If you arrive outside of these dates, you must confirm your arrival date with our office via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please confirm with us if you will be living in on-campus housing and will need to move in on January 12. New graduate students may have different arrival dates; please check with your program administrator in your school/college for additional details.
- On-campus housing is managed by the Office of University Housing and Residential Life. We encourage new students to explore options and utilize the virtual tours available on their website. New incoming students can manage their housing selection via the "MyHousing" application on their TUportal homepage. ISA recommends all new students live on-campus. For specific questions or inquiries regarding on-campus housing, please email email@example.com.
- Our Global Living Learning Community facilitates a cross-cultural experience for domestic and international students in Morgan Hall. Students live with other globally-minded students and learn from each other through monthly programming and a required one-credit First-Year Seminar. This is a great opportunity for first year international students to make long-lasting friends and build connections that can lead to future leadership development opportunities.
- The University Housing & Residential Life office maintains a listing of available off-campus apartments for students to review, accessible here. If you are looking to live off-campus, this is a great resource to explore options throughout Philadelphia.
- We encourage all students seeking to lease an off-campus apartment that is not managed by Temple University to fully read and review the leasing agreement prior to signing. Please note that leases in the U.S. are typically a legal contract and do not allow for early move-outs or subleases. If you have questions about the details of your lease, we advise you to discuss the details with the leasing manager or owner of the property.
- The ISA office works closely with the following off-campus buildings. In each of these buildings, we have International Resident Coordinators (IRCs), international student leaders who live in these buildings and help our international students. IRCs plan fun programs and events in their buildings, connect international students to resources as needed, and answer questions and help residents navigate any challenging situations. If you have questions about this program, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The View
- The Vantage
- University Village
- Oxford Village
- Beech International
Protect yourself and others throughout the duration of your study in the United States. Temple University requires all international students with F1 or J1 visa status to maintain health insurance that meets certain minimum standards as determined by the United States Department of State.
- A maximum deductible of U.S. $500 per accident or illness
- Payment of at least 75% of covered expense
- Medical benefits of at least $100,000 U.S. per accident or illness
- Repatriation benefits of at least $25,000 U.S.
- Medical evacuation benefits of at least $50,000 U.S.
Learn more about Temple University's health insurance plan options and rates. Enroll in Temple's health insurance plan or complete a waiver for health insurance here. For more information about student health insurance, please email email@example.com.
To learn more about required immunizations and COVID-19 related questions for all incoming full-time students, visit Temple University's Student Health Services.
For Spring 2023, we will host two welcome sessions:
- Graduate students are invited to attend on Friday, January 13th from 9am-12pm Eastern Standard Time.
- Undergraduate students will be invited to attend on Monday, January 16th from 9am-12pm Eastern Standard Time.
Locations and details will be emailed directly to students ahead of time.
Each new student is required to complete their "Next Steps" process on TUportal. Following completion of these steps, students are able to register for a required Orientation/Advising session. More details may be found on the orientation website. Additionally, all new international students are required to attend a virtual International Student Welcome Session prior to the start of the semester. This session is mandatory for all new undergraduate students.
For Spring 2023, our welcome session is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 13th from 9am-12pm Eastern Standard Time. Note that you must attend both an official orientation provided by the University as well as our special international welcome session prior to the start of classes. A RSVP link with location details will be sent by email to all new students who have submitted their enrollment deposit.
- New first-year students will register for an Orientation session that includes academic advising after completing the required "Next Steps" on TUportal. Academic advising involves students meeting their academic advisor in their school or college and selecting courses for the coming semester. For Spring 2023, new international students can attend any First-Year Orientation session offered for their school/college. Please contact Orient@temple.edu with any questions about times/dates.
- New transfer students will register for an academic advising session after completing the required "Next Steps" on TUportal. Academic advising involves students meeting their academic advisor in their school or college and selecting courses for the coming semester. There are multiple sessions offered and students can select an open date on TUPortal. Visit Transfer Orientation for more details about Transfer Advising and steps to sign-up.
For additional registration questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All new graduate international students will receive information from their school or college about specific departmental orientation sessions. All graduate international students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will also be invited to the International Students Welcome Session event. This session is not mandatory, but highly encouraged; it will cover expectations, resources, and tips for success. For Spring 2023, this session will take place on Friday, January 13th, 2023 from 9am-12pm Eastern Standard Time. A RSVP link with location details will be sent by email to all new students who have submitted their enrollment deposit. Additional questions can be sent to email@example.com.
Prior to the start of the academic term, new, deposited students are invited to a virtual Pre-Arrival webinar. During this session, both the ISA team and other campus partners will introduce helpful Temple resources and provide information regarding arrival processes. This session is not mandatory, but highly recommended for new students.
The following are Spring 2023 Pre-Arrival webinar for new students:
- Wednesday, December 14th from 9am-11am (Eastern Standard Time).
New students will be invited to pre-register to the event via email. For questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While each student's packing list will look different, we encourage you to consider bringing the following items to your new home in Philadelphia:
- Clothes, athletic wear, underwear, footwear, and socks
- Weather appropriate items (e.g. heavy jacket, sweaters, raincoat, etc...)
- Passport, I-20, and other supporting documentation
- Cash (USD) for your first few days
- Driver’s license and any other identifications
- Medications and/or prescriptions
- Electronics & gadgets (e.g. mobile device, SIM card, chargers, adapters, etc...)
- Nice business casual or semi-formal wear
- Pictures of friends/loved ones - helps with homesickness!
- Cultural clothing or decorations from home
- Snacks from home
Temple University has partnered with Flywire which provides a fast, convenient and secure way for international students to send funds for tuition payments only. Students can make international payments with real-time currency conversion. This service offers 24-hour support in multiple languages.
Banking For International Students - Presented by PNC
Making it easier to make your way in a new culture. PNC Virtual Wallet Student® makes being far from home less challenging. With checking and savings combined, plus easy-to-use digital tools to help you budget, plan and track your money, PNC Virtual Wallet Student helps make banking in the U.S. an easy adjustment. PNC has convenient locations on and near campus and encourage you to set an appointment by calling 215-978-1477, emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To open a checking account with PNC, students will need to bring their passport and student visa related documents as well as U.S address and U.S. phone number information. For more information, visit pnc.com/internationalstudents or pnc.com/temple.