When making your travel plans, please remember that you should arrive on campus on Arrival Days—August 16 and 17—for the fall 2022 semester. Check the Arrival and Orientation Schedule page for more details.
The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued requirements for foreigners traveling to U.S. by air. Please check out the CDC website for detailed information.
Please be sure your traveling documents—including Passport, I-20, Penn State offer letter, financial documents etc.—are in your carry-on baggage, not in your checked in baggage. You need those documents at the U.S. Border Protection in airports.
U.S. Ground Transportation
If your flights will take you to University Park Airport (SEC) in State College or Altoona-Blair Country Airport (AOO) in Blair County, you can request a free pick-up service from the campus, see below for more details. You may also get a taxi from those two locations.
If your flights will take you to other airports in Pennsylvania or other states, you need to take ground transportation to campus. Amtrak, the U.S. Passenger Rail Services, offers The Pennsylvanian Train to Altoona from New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh. Greyhound, a long-distance bus service, offers buses to Altoona from many locations as well.
If you will arrive at Altoona Train Station or Altoona Bus Station, we can pick you up at those two stations, see below for more details. Again, you may get a taxi from those two stations.
Please note that Amtrak Train Stations and Greyhound Bus Stations are not in the airports. You will need to take a subway, taxi, or Uber from the airport to the train or bus terminal.
Free Pick-Up Services
Penn State Altoona’s Global Programs offers free pick-up service from University Park Airport, Altoona-Blair County Airport, Altoona Amtrak Station, and Altoona Bus Station. You should have received an email from us with a registration form for arrival and orientation. If you do not have access to that form or you want to provide updates, the transportation request form is available on this site.
Consider purchasing a mobile phone SIM card to use when you arrive in the United States. Alternatively, we highly recommend you open international service with your mobile company before you get your U.S. phone number. It will be useful if you need to make or receive phone calls when you are at the airport or station.
Students living in on-campus housing will be able to pick up their room keys from the Housing Office in Port-Sky Café on their arrival day between 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. If you are checking in after 5:00 p.m., please contact Student Affairs at [email protected].
Students living in off-campus housing need to contact their individual landlords regarding the date they may move into their housing facility.
If you need a letter confirming your participation in the New Student Orientation program for your off-campus landlord (if needed for early move-in), please contact the Office of Student Affairs.