It is a good idea to bring a small amount of American cash and coins (about $15-$50) with you for incidentals during the trip. Also, it is recommended that you bring the rest of your money in traveler's checks in US dollars in denominations of $20. Visa, American Express, and Thomas Cook traveler’s checks are well known. Many students open US bank accounts upon arrival and have their families wire additional money directly to their bank accounts.
If you have not done so prior to arrival, you should be prepared to pay your bill for your ELP classes and housing no later than the Friday of orientation week. Most students bring their payments in the form of an international money order or check drafted on a US bank. The ELP cannot accept credit cards.
A taxi to/from the airport costs $28.50. Less expensive options such as train and shuttle are also available. The ELP does not offer airport transfer service.
ELP does not provide private airport pickup; however, students may contact a private airport pickup service.
Please note that it is not difficult to travel between the airport and the campus, so there is no need to worry. We have dozens of students who come to America for the first time every session and they never report problems traveling to campus.
You will receive a welcome packet with your I-20 that contains detailed information about traveling from the airport to campus. This includes a number of different travel options such as taxis, buses, trains, and a shuttle service called Lady Liberty through which you can make a reservation before your departure from your country.
We recommend that you arrive the day before your program starts. If you will arrive sooner, check with your housing provider to make sure your room will be available for the extra nights. If you cannot arrive on the first day, please contact the ELP to tell us when you will arrive.
You should first go to your housing provider to check into your room. Make sure you have the address for where you will live so you can provide it to the taxi or shuttle driver. You should report to the ELP on the first day of your program. The address is:
110 Fisher-Bennett Hall
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
View the campus map http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/map.php 
Do I need to bring my passport-sized photo to make a student ID?
A passport-sized photo should be sent prior to arriving on campus in order to make this process go quickly and smoothly. If photos are sent prior to arrival, the Penn ID card will be ready when you arrive. Otherwise, you will have to go to the ID center to have your photograph taken and your ID made.