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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


IES Summer International Internships Information Session


IES Internships offers an exhilarating challenge of real-world experience combined with professional skill building and cultural immersion. Internships available in Sydney, Cape Town, Barcelona, Dublin, Milan, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, New York and Chicago. For more information from IES...

Monday, February 13th

4:40-5:30, in 6 Business Building

or Tuesday, February 14th

5:00-6:00 pm, in 125 Business Building

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.

Tuesday, February 14th

410 Boucke Building, 12:00 pm

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

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

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

Monday, February 20th 4:40-5:30 pm 

& Tuesday February 21st 4:35-5:25 pm


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 

Study Abroad in Italy

Interested in studying abroad in Italy but not sure where to get started? Join the Italy Education Abroad Advisers for an upcoming Study Abroad in Italy Information Session. Learn about your program options, how to apply for scholarships, and get all your questions answered.

February 23rd  4:00 pm, Sparks 124

March 13th  4:00 pm, Boucke 412

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!!

Study Abroad FOCUS Information Sessions

Trying to decide which study abroad program to attend in a specific city, country, or region? These focus sessions are for you!

Multi-destination & English Speaking --- hosted by a CIEE Representative!
March 14th 
122 Business Building, 4:35-6:00 pm

Spain & Latin America
March 15th
122 Business Building, 4:40-6:00 pm

Asia, Africa, & the Middle East
March 20th
120 Business Building, 4:40-5:30 pm

Italy & Central/Eastern Europe 
March 21st  
102 Business Building, 4:35-5:30pm

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Looking for that competitive edge on your Spring 2018 application?  Come learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your application essays.

Wednesday, March 22nd 4:40-5:30 pm 

& Thursday, March 23rd  4:35-5:25 pm


Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Missed the last tips session? One last chance to learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your essays for study abroad Spring 2018.

Tuesday, April 11th 4:35-5:25 pm 

& Wednesday April 12th 4:40-5:30 pm


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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