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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

SPRING 2016 Semester


Study Abroad Return Rally

Come share your stories from abroad as well as give some tips for success to benefit future students.

Hosted by Penn State Global Programs Office of Education Abroad

Wednesday, February 17

4:00-6:00 pm; 103 Bank of America Career Services Center

FALL in FLORENCE Info Session

Information Session for Penn State Fall semester study abroad program:  ISI Sustainable Food & Environmental Systems in Florence - study the food culture of Italy - environmental and economic sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Includes series of study tours and field experiences give you the opportunity to learn directly from Italian farmers, producers, processors, sales and marketing professionsal and chefs.

Thursday, February 18

11:00 am - 12:00 pm in 122 Ag Admin Building

School of International Affairs Spring Colloquium

Dr. Roger Finke - "Religious Freedom: A Global Historical Exploration"

Krishna Jayakar - "The Digital Divide and Its Implications"

11:15 am-12:30 pm in 012 Katz

Thursday, February 18th

Thursday, February 25th

SMEAL Study Abroad Information Night

Learn about your study abroad options as a Smeal or DUS (Smeal) student. See how these exciting opportunities can fit into your academic plan.

Thursday, February 25th

6:30-7:30 pm in 112 Forestry Building

FALL 2016 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE!!

Tuesday, March 1st - Deadline

(Note: A few programs have a January 20th Deadline - check the program details!)

TIPS for a Successful Study Abroad Application

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

Tuesday, March 15th 4:15-5:00 pm

Wednesday, March 16th 4:40-5:30 pm

*Room locations provided in the rsvp link.*

SMEAL 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!

Italy & Europe

Spain & Latin America

Multi-destination & English Speaking Countries

Asia, Africa, & the Middle East

T March 22nd 4:15-5:30pm, 107 Business

W March 23rd 4:40-6:00pm, 107 Business

M March 28th 4:40-6:00pm, 107 Business

Th March 31st 4:15-5:30pm, 010 Business

International Night hosted by the International Business Association

This professional development event includes a panel discussion with several CEO's and executives followed by an hour-long personal networking session. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is open to all Penn State undergraduate students.

Thursday, April 14th

6:00 pm in 110 Business Building

SPRING 2017 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE!!

Sunday, May 1st - Deadline


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