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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.

Faculty/Staff

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

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience

Recently returned from a study abroad experience? Not sure how to talk about it with recruiters? Don't miss this valuable workshop, just in time for the Career Fair. Hear from the Office of International Programs and the Business Career Center and learn strategies to highlight your abroad experience with employers.

September 6th

12:20-1:10 pm in 214 Business Building

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience

In case you missed the last workshop...
Recently returned from a study abroad experience? Not sure how to talk about it with recruiters? Don't miss this valuable workshop, just in time for the Career Fair. Hear from the Office of International Programs and the Business Career Center and learn strategies to highlight your abroad experience with employers.

September 10th

4:45-5:35 pm in 214 Business Building

Spring 2020 Study Abroad - FINAL DEADLINE

Don't miss your last chance to apply for a study abroad program during the spring 2020 semester. Schedule an appointment with our office and start your application ASAP.

September 10th

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience

Open to all Penn State students. In collaboration with the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network. This session is nearly identical to the other two offered in the Business Building. You are welcome to attend whichever session best fits in your calendar.

Looking for ways to make your study abroad experience stand out? Integrate your international experience into your job or internship search process by joining this interactive workshop. Learn tips for articulating the marketable skills you developed abroad to employers during interviews or at Fall Career Days.

September 11th

4:00-5:00 pm in 410 Boucke 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.

September 24th

4:30-5:30 pm in 103 Business Building

Education Abroad Fair

Explore opportunities to study in programs worldwide.

October 2nd

11:00-4:00 in HUB Alumni Hall

SPRING 2020

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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