International Student Resources

Welcome!

As an international student, you benefit from the resources available from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, the Temple University International Admissions Office, and the resources available to you from the Tyler School of Art.
 

Admissions

Your admissions specialist is Grace Ahn Klensin, Assistant Director.

Grace and other members of our admissions staff provide Skype interviews and portfolio reviews and can assist you during the admissions process.   Grace is also our International Student Mentor, and can be a wonderful guide to you during your degree program at Tyler.

Grace’s office is in the Admissions/Continuing Education suite 100 in the Tyler building. You can reach her at 215-777-9097 or via email at graceahn@temple.edu

Tyler has specific admissions requirements for our programs.  The general information can be found here.

Temple University's Office of International Student And Scholar Services is your resource for all the forms, visa information and other support services and policies.
 

Advising

Your advising specialist is Taheerah Entsuah, Academic Advisor.  Taheerah, along with fellow advisors Kathleen Peters and Marissa Georgiou can assist you with planning your undergraduate degree program, time management skills and resources for your academic success. She has a lot of experience in advising and can help you determine which classes you need to take as well as some options for Gen Ed classes and electives.

You’ll find Taheerah in the Tyler Building, 2nd-floor advising suite 212.  Ty can also be reached via email at taheerah@temple.edu.
 

Peer Advisors

Tyler Advising has a number of students who are peer advisors for you.  Sometimes there are questions about student life, the city, certain classes and professors that you feel more comfortable discussing with another student.  Please contact David Logan, Director of Advising, for access to your peer advisor’s contact information: david.logan@temple.edu.

Tyler Dean's Student Advisory Committee also hosts "Dinner and Discussion", an informal group that meets to talk about, well, anything - student to student.  Information about Dinner and Discussion will be posted in the Week Here At Tyler e-newsletter.
 

Student Life and Activities

Kari Scott, Assistant Director for Student Life, is the best person to talk with about finding a student organization to join, installing artwork in or outside the building, or using Tyler space for an event or activity. Kari can also tell you about how to find off-campus housing, get a free museum pass to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or get a free bus trip to New York. Every Monday morning you’ll receive a copy of the WHAT, the Week Here At Tyler e-newsletter, which is full of important information- upcoming lectures and artist visits, important deadlines, job opportunities and free things to do around the city.  Kari also connects students to student organizations, with alumni for internships, and presents Life After Tyler career workshops.

You’ll find Kari in the second floor Tyler building administrative suite, but she often staffs a table the atrium so she’s easier to find.  Her contact information is miss.kari@temple.edu or call 215-777-9141.
 

Undergraduate Research, Funding, and Leadership Opportunities

Kari Scott, Assistant Director of Student Life, is the go-to person for information on scholarships, undergraduate research funding, internships and career opportunities. She can direct you to University services that provide academic support, like the Writing Center, as well as health and wellness resources including the Tuttleman Counseling Center.  She also mentors the Tyler Living Learning Community and the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee. If you’re looking for leadership opportunities, or need any kind of assistance, stop by to see her.

Kari is located in the Administrative Suite 210, room 210O. Her contact information is miss.kari@temple.edu or call 215-777-9141.
 

Undergraduate Support

David Logan, Director of Academic Advising, is the person you would contact if you have problems needing an administrator’s attention and help. David is located in office 212, across from the Advising Suite. His contact information is david.logan@temple.edu or call 215-777-9122.
 

Health and Wellness Resources

Although all students are strongly encouraged to purchase health insurance, there are some free services available to keep you healthy.  The links and descriptions of these resources can be found here.

These include:

International Student Support Group

Attending university in the United States can be an exciting yet challenging process for many international students. This support group at Tuttleman Counseling Services intends to create a safe and confidential space where international students can gain support while navigating issues pertaining to acculturation, the brokering of language and culture, and establishing local social networks. Within the group, students will have the opportunity to share stories and cultural practices from their home countries. Group members also receive support and feedback from group leaders and fellow group members, and learn about effective ways to handle conflicts with family or friends, dating concerns, academic stress, language difficulties, pressure to “fit in,” job search or other issues that are unique to international students.

Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuttleman Counseling Services
1810 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (5th Floor)

*Interested students should report to Tuttleman Counseling Services during walk-in hours to sign-up for the group (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10am – 1:30pm; Wed: 9am-12pm).

* Questions about walk-in? Call(215) 204-7500
 

Academic Resources

Temple has a Student Success Center (SSC), which is a comprehensive, "one-stop-shop" academic support center serving graduate and undergraduate students at Temple University. At the SSC, you will discover in detail all of the programs and services that we have to offer you, from tutoring to workshops, retreats, colloquia, and more. We are here for you!

Main Campus

Writing Center, Language Lounge and Academic Coaching
Tuttleman Learning Center, Suite 201
215-204-0702

STEM Tutoring, PASS Program and Exam Review Services
Tuttleman Learning Center, Suite 100
215-204-8466

Language Lounge

Learning a new language is a challenging and satisfying experience. It involves not only learning new vocabulary and grammar, but also a new culture of communication.

In the Language Lounge, we value and applaud the efforts of all students who are language learners. We work with students who are developing the knowledge of English, as well as students who are studying languages that are taught at Temple, including Spanish, Arabic and Japanese.

The Language Lounge offers specific services to English Language Learners. These services are open to all Temple University undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of college or degree program. All services are free of charge.

For general information about the Language Lounge, contact Liz Ursell.

Ambler Campus

Writing Center and STEM Tutoring
Ambler Learning Center, Suite 201
 

Art Supply Stores and Shopping

Most of the art supplies you’ll need can be purchased in the Tyler bookstore section of the Temple University Bookstore in the Howard Gittis Student Center, but there’s also a huge Dick Blick store at 13th and Chestnut Streets that is easily accessible via bus or subway that has the largest selection of art supplies in the area. Here's the list of local sources.
 

Art Supply Visual Guide

Please click here the link to view images of basic art supplies and tools and their names

Glossary of Art Terms - English to Chinese
 

Living on or off campus

There are a number of choices you’ll be able to make in terms of housing.  Freshmen can choose to apply to a Living Learning Community or live in nearby Peabody Hall, which has a shared art studio space.

University Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s important to reserve your space early.  Information about both on-and off-campus housing and meal plans can be found at the University Housing and Residential Life website.
 

Social Preparation/ Student Organizations

Being in a new country you’ll find differences in social norms.  If you are a non-native speaker of English, it’s even more important that you make the first step in connecting with others.  Some international students first find other international friends as a support, but it’s important to extend that circle to include native speakers of English.  Often students are shy about approaching an international student because they don’t know if they’ll be understood- so plan to make the first move.

You can meet people by getting involved in events, organizations, and activities. There are plenty of these on a weekly basis posted in the WHAT (Week Here at Tyler e-newsletter) as well as in Temple Today’s daily news blog.

Finding employment

Since international students don't get federal work-study, and are required to only work on-campus, it can be challenging to find a job. Most departments only have the budgets to allow them to hire work-study students, because the Federal work-study program pays part of their salary. If you don't have work-study and want an on-campus job, you will have to work a bit harder to find one. Temple has guide to working for international students.

When applying for on-campus jobs, make sure you read the descriptions carefully and don't apply for jobs that say you must have work-study (because they can't hire you).  Most of the food service/on-campus retail establishments (like 7-11 and/or the Temple Bookstore) are not eligible to hire work-study students, so if you don't have a work-study award, those are good places to start. You may have to go to the places and ask if they are hiring. If you do a good job, and are on-time and reliable, you will be able to keep most jobs while you are a student.

Make sure you follow the rules for your particular visa.  Details about that are on the International Student and Scholars Services website here: www.temple.edu/isss/employment

 

Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency financial assistance is a one (1) time assistance for international students experiencing extraordinary hardship. Applicants who provide full and acceptable documentation will be reviewed for consideration to receive partial tuition assistance. The emergency financial assistance is not a merit scholarship or an on-going financial assistance plan.

Eligibility:

  • At the time of the application, the applicant must have completed, at Temple, a minimum of one academic year (two semesters) in valid Nonimmigrant Student (F-1 or J-1) status prior to applying for this financial assistance and must be working towards a degree as a full-time matriculated student. (Note: Non-degree program students are ineligible.)
  • Applicant must be an international student enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s level program. (Note: US Citizens and Permanent Residents are ineligible.)
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing, with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA or major GPA. 
  • Applicant must be in good community standing with no active university disciplinary sanctions

NOTE: Previous recipients of Emergency Financial Assistance are ineligible.

What you need to apply:

  • Complete a personal statement (250 words or less)
  • Provide extraordinary hardship supporting documentation (e.g. - If your primary sponsor recently had surgery, please include hospital bills or a letter from the doctor/hospital; if your parents lost their job unexpectedly, please include a letter from the employer, etc.)
  • Provide at least one (1) letter of support from a professor or advisor.

DUE: November 1st for spring semester award.  Apply online in the fall.