Information for Graduating International Students

Post-Completion OPT

International graduating Wharton seniors* applying for post-completion OPT should review the information on the ISSS website and take the following steps:

  1. Make sure your degree audit is up-to-date in Path@Penn. If updates are needed, contact your assigned academic advisor.
  2. Follow instructions on the ISSS website to apply for OPT.

ISSS will then process your request. Any questions, other than about your academic-planning worksheet, should be directed to ISSS.

 * Dual-degree students should contact their home school advisor for OPT recommendations.

Request for Expected Degree Completion Verification

If an employer requires verification of your degree completion status, submit a request here.

Family Attendance at Graduation Events

The Department of State accepts invitation letters written by students as a supplemental document for their visitors to apply for a visa to come to the U.S. You do not need a separate support letter from ISSS or Wharton in order to invite a family member to visit the United States. Visit the ISSS website to learn more and find a template to help craft your invitation letter.


Questions or concerns related to visa status should be directed to International Student and Scholar Services.

Questions or concerns related to expected degree completion or graduation verification should be directed to your academic advisor.