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DUS News

November 16, 2015
Inside Scoop: Have You Met with Your Adviser Yet?

If you haven’t seen your adviser this semester, please schedule an appointment so you can meet before (or right after) Thanksgiving break. Make one online at Make an Appointment or call 814-865-7576. 

Important Dates:
  • November 22–28 (Sun-Sat): Thanksgiving holiday (no classes)
  • December 11 (Fri): Withdrawal deadline
  • December 11 (Fri): Classes end
  • December 14-18 (Mon-Fri): Final exams

Medical Monday

Do you have questions about applying to medical school? Want to know more about Penn State’s committee interview/letter process? On Monday, November 16, 3:35–4:25 p.m., in 220 Thomas Building, you can learn the basics, including what criteria go into selecting students for medical school, application and MCAT timelines, Pre-Professional Health Committee interviews and committee letters, etc. Dental, optometry, and podiatry applicants are also welcome!

Celebrate International Education Week

Check out International Education Week 2015 and enjoy many special events on the University Park campus and downtown. Check out films, tours, food, panel discussions, open houses, and speakers. You can also stop by Grange Building and add a pin to the large wall map in the lobby to show where you’re from, where you’ve traveled, or where you’d like to go. And if you take a picture of yourself with international food or at an international event or with an international friend, feel free to tweet it to @PennStateDUS #DUSIEW.

Study Abroad 101

On Monday, November 16, noon–1:00 p.m. in 131 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, find out basic information about studying abroad, including how to start planning, search for programs, make an appointment with a study abroad adviser, compare costs, and start an application. See more at Getting Started.

Beyond Study Abroad

On Wednesday, November 18, 4:00–5:00 p.m. in 105 Willard Building, University Park, you can hear from students who have participated in an international internship. Their experiences vary from working for a non-governmental organization in Nepal, the archiving department of an Italian university, and a fashion designer in London. Learn about ways to go abroad other than the stereotypical study abroad experience.

Expo on Engaged Scholarship: How It Can Change Your Life

On Wednesday, November 18, 5:00–7:00 p.m., in the HUB-Robeson Center (Heritage Hall), find out how you can learn outside the classroom. The Engaged Scholarship Expo will feature high-energy, lightning presentations from students who have experienced research, service learning, courses with integrated trips, internships, and much more. 

International Experiences and Global Etiquette Event

Are you thinking about study abroad? Come to the International Education and Global Etiquette event on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m. in 18 Deike Building. Guest speakers and students will share stories about their international travel/study abroad experience. If you’d just like to learn about different cultures, come join the Chinese or Japanese tea ceremony. It's free and fun!!

Your Spring Schedule

Didn’t make an appointment with your adviser before your first day to schedule classes? Don't worry (and please don't go to quick-question advising for this discussion, because it takes more than five or ten minutes). Just follow the steps at Choose Your Courses and then follow up with an advising appointment as soon as you can.

The Undergraduate Speaking Center Can Help

Need help with a presentation? Any student in any class can stop by the Undergraduate Speaking Center in 7C Sparks Building, University Park, for assistance. Hours are Sun 6:00–9:00 p.m.; Mon–Thurs 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Fri 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Semester Policies to Consider if You Need Them

If you’re worried about completing/passing one or more courses, think about requesting a deferred grade, withdrawing from the semester, or taking a leave of absence. These are all potentially helpful academic polices you can discuss with your academic adviser.

Sophomores: How to Enter Your Major in the Spring

If this coming spring is your entrance-to-major pool (usually spring of your sophomore year), you will receive an email from the Registrar in January advising you to confirm by mid-February your top three choices of major in eLion (you’ll select Entrance to Major under Major/Minor). It’s important to make sure you will meet all entrance requirements for the major you want. If in doubt, contact your DUS adviser to discuss the process and your eligibility.

Additional Resources:

Academic Advising Portal
Advising questions? Need academic information? Check out and bookmark Academic Advising Portal or contact your DUS adviser.

Explore Majors
Making decisions? Use the Exploration Resources on the DUS website to explore and make decisions about possible majors

Make An Appointment
Want to make an appointment with your adviser? Use our online Make an Appointment system!

Penn State Events
Interested in more events at Penn State? For a list of workshops, seminars, information sessions, career and major fairs, and more, visit the Events Calendar at Penn State.

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