International students who intend to play an NCAA Division III sport at Penn State Altoona must have the following forms completed and submitted to Penn State Altoona Athletic Training prior to the start of practice and competition:

1. Sports Medicine Packet

This packet contains information such as emergency contacts, insurance information, consent for treatment by ATC, and assumption of risk.

2. Physical Exam Form / Sickle Cell Trait Lab Report

This form can be completed by your family physician or the Penn State Altoona Health and Wellness Center. Appointments can be made at the Health and Wellness Center by calling 814-949-5540. No walk-in appointments! New students can be accommodated for physicals during SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) when they are on campus.

This physical form helps to make the sports medicine team and head coach aware of any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions. The certified athletic trainer may contact you if you recently had any surgery, have a pre-existing medical condition, or were diagnosed with a new medical condition to request additional clearances by your surgeon or medical specialist.

The sickle cell test is required for all NCAA Division III student-athletes. This test is an out-of-pocket expense for the student-athlete. It is not covered by Penn State.

3. International Insurance Standards

All requirements from this form must be met for international health insurance plans to be accepted.

Are you an international student that needs assistance with getting U.S. approved insurance?

Please contact an adviser listed below:

Penn State Altoona

Ms. Kandy M. Szymusiak

International Student Adviser & International Student and Scholar Advising Global Programs  

Slep Student Center, 103J Altoona, PA 16601 USA

Tel:  +1-814-949-5110 | Fax: +1-814-949-5805 | Email: |

University Park - State College, Pa.

Ms. Karen Kline

Student Insurance Manager

0304 Student Health Center, University Park, PA 16802

Tel: 1-814-865-7467

Internationally Sponsored Students

Mr. Eric Wein


General Information Line at University Park