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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
DetailsDate / Time / Location

FALL 2016 Semester


Explore Smeal

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

Monday, October 24th

Business Building Atrium, 6:00-9:00 pm

Summer Study Abroad Information Session

Thinking Summer Study Abroad but not sure where to go? Come hear details about the many exciting summer programs offered, the Smeal faculty teaching them, and other embedded travel opportunities!!

Monday, November 7th

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

International Internships Information Session

Learn about Penn State abroad programs which provide an unpaid student internship and the resources to independently research non-Penn State international internship programs. International students may also want to consider U.S. cities offered by some of these internship providers.

Monday, November 14th

Location and Time TBA

Poetry without Borders

This is an annual, university-wide, student-run poetry reading forum where students and faculty share poems from different cultures and languages. In the past, there have been contributions from languages such as German, Chinese, Mongolian, Kazakh, Norwegian, Hebrew, and Portuguese, among others, from students and faculty in different majors and research fields.

Tuesday, November 8th

Foster Auditorium (Pattee Library), 6:30-8:30 pm

Women’s International Night (GC Event)

Women of the world coming together to share and enjoy culture! See flyer for registration details.

Thursday, November 3rd

Off Campus, 6:30-9:00 pm

International Education Week - Education Abroad Events

Click here for more events this week about study abroad!

November 14th-18th 

131 HUB (Hetzel Union Building)

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Looking for that competitive edge? Learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your application essays.

Tuesday, November 15th

Location and Time TBA

World Poetry Read by World People (GC Event)

Enjoy the voices, sounds, and poetry of over 15 different cultures! Free Admission. See flyer for more information.

Wednesday, November 16th

Webster's Café (133 E. Beaver Ave.), 7:00-9:00 pm

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Missed the last session? Here is another opportunity to learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your application essays.

Wednesday, November 30th

 4:40-5:30 pm, location TBA

$$ FLAS Fellowship Information Session $$

FLAS fellowship awards assist students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. Students in all fields of study are welcome to apply. Languages eligible for Penn State's FLAS Fellowships are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian.
Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, November 30th &
Tuesday, December 6th

463 Burrowes, 4:30-5:30 pm

SPRING 2017 Semester


SMEAL ABROAD EXPO - Don't miss it!

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

January - TBA

Business Building Atrium


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