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International Programs

The home page for the Smeal Office of International Programs describes the main areas of international resources: study abroad, international internships, resources for faculty/staff to teach abroad, resources for international students, and student engagement which offers ways for students to grow global and participate in global communities here at Penn State. Upcoming Events list details (day, time, location) of events relevant to these international areas of interest.

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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 a summer, Maymester or embedded 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 and Deadlines
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Maymester and Summer 2022 Application Deadline

Tuesday, February 1

Semester Study Abroad Info Session

Considering a full semester study abroad? We invite you to learn about types of study abroad programs, earning credits while abroad, the application process, and upcoming deadlines to be aware of. We'll cover all the basics and answer your burning questions. Don't miss your chance for this unforgettable experience!

Registration is required | Register HERE

Tuesday, February 15

4:45-5:30 PM

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Tuesday,  March 1

Smeal Spring 2023 Study Abroad Info Session

Missed the first semester study abroad information session in February? Attend this repeat session with the Smeal International Program Advisers to learn about Spring 2023 study abroad.

In this presentation, we will review how to choose a study abroad program, credits you can earn abroad (including the IB Minor), and COVID-19 updates.

Registration is required | Register HERE

Wednesday, March 16

4:45 - 5:30 PM

IES & Penn State: Madrid, Business & Communications Info Session

The capital city of Madrid is a grand political, economic, and cultural hub. Located in the heart of Spain, you'll find that Madrid is the perfect starting point for any Spanish adventure!

Learn about this custom program, open to all Penn State students, but well suited for business and communication majors. We'll discuss program details, course choices, the application process, and answer your questions. 

Registration is required | Register HERE

Wednesday, March 23

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Smeal Spring Study Abroad Application Q + A Session

Join us in this session to review application requirements and answer any questions you may have.

Registration is required | Register HERE

Monday, April 4

4:45 - 5:30 PM

Spring 2023 Application Deadline (Priority)

Sunday, May 1

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