Adjusting to Your New Environment
Studying away is both exciting and challenging. There will be times when the challenges seem to outweigh the excitement. At these times, you may find 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 Global Programs.
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 assistance from resources available, such as the Student Success Center, your adviser, or staff in the Office of Global Programs.
Advisers are available to help you reach your educational goals. Students should meet with their advisers at least once per semester to decide on courses and to get help understanding academic policies and procedures.
Tutors and support for math are available in the Math Dimension located in the lower level of the library. Tutoring for numerous other subjects is available through scheduled peer tutoring in the Student Success Center in 203 Butler Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Also located in the Student Success Center is the Writing Center where you will find faculty to assist you with writing assignments for any of your courses.
You are allowed to work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during the semester. To look for available opportunities, please visit Penn State Careers and look for jobs at Penn State Hazleton.
International students have the option of working in the United States by engaging in practical training during or after your program. Practical training can provide valuable work experience by sharpening and adding to the skills you are learning in school. Learn more about the employment process for international students.