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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.

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
DetailsDate / Time / Location
FALL 2019

Smeal Get STARTED to Study Abroad

Interested in study abroad but not sure how to get started? Come to this info session to learn more about when to study abroad, how to find a program, how to apply, the IB minor & more.

October 10th

5:00-6:00 pm

103 Business Building

Smeal Summer & Maymester Info Session

Interested in Summer or Maymester Study Abroad but not sure where to go? Come learn more about the many exciting Smeal faculty-led summer programs offered in:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Florence, Italy
  • Pforzheim, Germany

This session will feature student alumni and more information about field trips, courses, housing and more! Program specific information sessions will be offered later this month.

Wednesday, November 6th

5:00-6:00 pm

126 Business Building

Spring 2020 Global Logistics Embedded Course to Panama (1 credit)

Learm more about this opportunity to experience the global supply chain first-hand in Panama City. For more information contact Felisa Preciado fup2@psu.edu or Jana Clinton jmc5558@psu.edu .

  • Earn academic credit
  • Travel abroad
  • Meet supply chain business leaders
  • Visit the Panama Canal, cultural and historic sites
  • Prerequisite coursework required.

Wednesday November 6


213 Business Building

International Internship Alternatives

Enhance your resume with an internship in another country. Learn how to explore options and what is involved in the application process at this information session.

  • Meet former international interns and hear about their experiences abroad

Monday, November 11


108 Business 

Brno, Czech Republic: Czech Mates - Exploring Business in Eastern Europe

Brno is the tech hub and quaint gem of Eastern Europe. Meet Instructor Lou Gattis from Smeal's Finance Department and learn about his course Doing Business in Central & Eastern Europe.

  • Earn credit toward the International Business Minor and 3 cr of GS.
  • Travel to Vienna, Budapest and Prague
  • Meet local business leaders

Tuesday,   November 12


120 Business Building

Maymester - Business in Barcelona - Intercultural Communication for a Global Economy

Barcelona is a vibrant example of a cosmopolitan business environment. Meet Instructor Nancy Mahon and learn about her course that develops a better understanding of intercultural communication in the global business world.

3 credits of general education

Wednesday, November 13


3 Business Building

Florence: The World of Business & Italian Culture: Marketing OR International Business

  • Earn 3 cr of gen ed and 3 cr of electives
  • Field trips coordinate with course topics

Track 2: Centuries of Trade: Mediterranean Perspectives on International Business (@4:45)

Meet Terrence Guay, Smeal International Business Faculty and learn about field trips he has planned for this fascinating course. Learn how the Mediterranean Sea played a pivotal role in the exchange of good and services, as well as cultural knowledge.

Track 1: Marketing & the Essence of Italian Brands  (@ 5:30)

Hear from Ralph Oliva, Smeal Marketing professor, how he plans to coordinate case studies on Italian brands with field trips to Italian businesses.

Thursday, November 14

4:45-5:15 and


120 Business Building

Maymester - Pforzheim, Germany: Sustainability and ERP Simulation 

If you are interested in sustainability efforts and want to learn how information technology is used in large companies to optimize operations, this course is for you. Meet with the instructor, Susie Wright, and learn all the details. Includes regional travel and company meetings in Germany.

Monday, November 18


102 Business Building

Maymester - Florence: Old World Innovations and their Influence on Modern Business Systems

Get acquainted with Scott Collins, Smeal Accounting Faculty, and learn how his course leads to an understanding of how business systems evolved over time. 

  • 3 credits of GH
  • Field trip to Venice

Tuesday, November 19


121 Business Building



Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

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

Sign-up on Starfish. GO TO: Smeal Office of International Programs under Elizabeth Labrin (Group Session -WATCH FOR MORE SESSION DATES FOR SPRING)


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