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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 web page 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 2017 Semester

Spring 2018 Study Abroad Application FINAL DEADLINE

Submit your application for Spring 2018 study abroad by the final deadline, September 15. This is your last chance to complete your application!

Friday, September 15th --- DEADLINE!!

International Student Panel: Tips/resources for finding internships

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

Thursday, September 21st

4:40-5:30 pm (006 Business)

Smeal Abroad Photo Contest

If you have studied abroad and have great pictures to share, enter the contest to win one of 6 Amazon gift cards and have your photos displayed in the Smeal Office of International Programs. More details ...

September 8th through September 24th

GELE Application - Global Engagement Leadership Experience Retreat

Apply Online: global.psu.edu/gele

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.

*Deadline to Apply:
Friday, September 30th

GELE Retreat:
October 27-29, 2017

Parent and Family Weekend

Invite your parents to learn more about how study abroad and international internship opportunities can fit with your Smeal academic plan and your professional goals.

Penn State Study Abroad 101 Sessions will be held in the afternoon.

Saturday, October 15th

10-12 pm, Atrium with break-out sessions in 110 Business Building


IES Internships: International and Domestic 

Do you want to intern in Rome, Dublin, London, Paris & more? IES can help you make it happen. Learn more about internships in NYC and Chicago too, that may appeal to international students.

Monday, October 16th

2:00-3:00 in 108 Business Building

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 ...

Tuesday, October 17th

11:00 - 4:00 pm

HUB Alumni Hall

Smeal Study Abroad Info Night

Interested in going abroad but don’t know where to start? Learn about your study abroad options and how this exciting experience can fit into your Smeal academic plan. We will cover topics ranging from choosing a program, earning credits abroad and the International Business minor.

Thursday, October 19th


110 Business Building


International Education Week - Education Abroad Events

Stay tuned for more information about all events happening during International Education Week. More info...

October 22nd - 27th

Found in Translation Poetry Reading (Global Connections Event)

Enjoy the voices, sounds, and poetry of over 15 different cultures! Free Admission

Wednesday, October 25th

7:00-9:00 pm

Webster’s Café (133 E. Beaver Ave.)

Explore Smeal

Learn about the International Business minor and your study abroad options and how this exciting experience can fit into your Smeal academic plan. We will be staffing a table in the atrium as well as making presentations throughout the night - make International Programs one of your stops this evening!

Monday, October 30th

5:30-8:00 pm

Business Building Atrium

Women’s International Night (Global Connections Event)

Women of the world coming together to share and enjoy culture! More information coming soon.

Thursday, November 2nd

6:30-9:00 pm 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (780 Waupelani Dr, State College)

International Internships Information Session

Make your resume stand out by pursuing a work experience abroad! 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 13th

4:30-5:30 pm

108 Business Building

Summer & Maymester 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 who may be leading them, and our new Maymester opportunities!!

Tuesday, November 14th

4:30-6:00 pm

217 Business Building

International Program Photos
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