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Study Abroad

Smeal strongly encourages students to participate in education abroad and about one fourth of our graduates have this experience. Discover how study abroad will fit with your personal and academic goals. You may choose a summer or semester program and perhaps consider earning an International Business Minor. Start your journey now by navigating the timing and eligibility requirements and exploring the many diverse Penn State programs offered all around the world. 

International Internships

International internship and service learning opportunities allow students to create meaning between their academic coursework, their future careers, and the world around them. Globalization is an increasingly important aspect of any business. Thus, many employers today are reported to value intercultural communication skills, global perspectives, and demonstrated adaptability that often are gained from an international work experience.


Instructors interested in teaching on a summer study abroad program or those already scheduled to do so, may find relevant information here.

International Students

For students studying here at Penn State from another country, the International Student webpage links you to many resources which may help you find answers to your questions about housing, academic concerns, jobs, or ways to meet other students. Explore the resources that can help you best take advantage of all that Penn State life has to offer.

Student Engagement

GROW GLOBAL! Learn how you can grow your global experience here at Penn State. Volunteer as a Global Representative, join a global student organization, get connected to language resources, international news links, and more.


Upcoming Events
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SPRING 2017 Semester


Summer Study Abroad Information Session - Meet the Professors!

Learn about the Summer 2017 Study Abroad Programs approved for the International Business minor. Get your questions answered about study abroad and meet the Smeal faculty teaching abroad in Florence, Aix, and Maastricht this year.

Wednesday, January 11th

110 Business Building, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Faculty Led Study Abroad Information Session for Liberal Arts Programs

Interested in Summer Study Abroad to Todi, Reggio Calabria, Ronda, Puebla or Besançon? The College of Liberal Arts will be holding an information session for their programs where you can learn about the benefits of study abroad. Alumni will share their experience and you will have the chance to speak with faculty leaders and learn more about specific programs.

Thursday, January 12th 

104 Thomas Building, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

International Internships Information Meeting

Internships in a new cultural environment benefit students with a different skill set than they gain in a domestic internship. Learn more about the opportunities available during this informational meeting. These are largely unpaid internships, meant to enhance the resume and give students a competitive edge.

Tuesday, January 17th

120 Business Building, 4:15-5:00 pm

Study Abroad 101 - Penn State Education Abroad Office

Starting to explore study abroad? Come learn the basics about program options, available regions, application deadlines, scholarships, and financial aid.

Wednesday, January 18th

410 Boucke Building, 12:00 pm

(Also offered February 1, February 14, March 1, March 14, April 5, 2017)

SMEAL ABROAD EXPO - Don't miss it!

This is your chance to talk to Smeal study abroad alumni and international students studying here from other countries to learn all about their experiences in Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, China and more!

Thursday, January 19th

Business Building Atrium, 11:00 - 3:00 pm

Global Perspective Workshop, Sponsored by EY

Join recruiters from Ernst & Young to learn more about working in this global society. 

Thursday, January 19th

131 HUB, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Pforzheim Summer Program Information Session

Check-out one of the most affordable summer study abroad programs designed for the business student. Directors of the Pforzheim University Summer Study Abroad program, Prof. Dr. Dirk Wentzel and Sabine Schnabel, and alumni students will be available to answer all of the questions you have about studying abroad in Germany this summer.

Tuesday, January 24th

121 Business Building, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

International Student Panel: Tips/Resources for finding internships

Organized by Smeal CareerConnections. Attend this panel to hear from upperclassmen international students on how they successfully landed their internships.

Thursday, January 26

Business Building 003, 4:40pm - 5:30 pm

Online International Smeal Alumni Success Stories

Organized by Smeal CareerConnections. Attend this online event to hear from International Smeal Alumni and Alumni who currently work or have worked abroad on how they successfully navigated the job search process.

Thursday, January 26

6:30pm - 7:30pm

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GELE Application - Global Engagement Leadership Experience Retreat

Want Leadership Experience? International Friends? Weekend Away? This is a great opportunity for students from all different countries, majors, and campuses to develop cultural awareness, discuss global leadership, and make new friends.

Friday, January 27th --- DEADLINE!!

Apply Online: global.psu.edu/gele

Summer 2017 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE

Don't miss your LAST chance to submit an application for Summer 2017 study abroad.

Wednesday, February 1st --- DEADLINE!!

Smeal Study Abroad Information Night

Learn about your study abroad options for semester programs and how this exciting experience can fit into your Smeal academic plan.

Wednesday, February 22nd

110 Business Building,  5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Fall 2017 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE

Submit your application for Fall 2017 study abroad by this deadline. (Note: A few programs have a January 20th Deadline - check the program details!)

Wednesday, March 1st --- DEADLINE!!

Spring 2018 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE

Submit your application for Spring 2018 study abroad by this deadline.

Monday, May 1st --- DEADLINE!!


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