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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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Penn State Study Abroad Spring 2016 Extended Applications

Still interested in studying abroad next semester but did not complete an application yet? You are in luck! Some programs have re-opened. Apply now ... the September 15th deadline is fast approaching.

Tuesday, September 15th --- DEADLINE!!

International Student Perspectives: Understanding the Culture at Smeal

A panel of current students from various countries will share their experiences at Smeal from learning about classroom expectations to becoming involved in the Smeal community. For more information, contact Elizabeth Labrin at elf103@psu.edu. 

Tuesday, September 22nd

6:00-7:30 pm

Penn State Education Abroad Fair

Meet with Penn State colleges, faculty, and global partners to learn more about the many education abroad opportunities available to you as a Penn State student. Be one of the over 1,300 students to check it out. Students do not need to register in advance. More ...

 Wednesday, September 30th

11:00 am-4:00 pm in Alumni Hall of the HUB

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.

Wednesday, September 30th --- DEADLINE!!

Apply Online: global.psu.edu/gele


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