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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.

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

SPRING 2021

Summer 2021 Smeal Study Abroad Info Session - presented by Smeal Office of International Programs

Interested in Summer Study Abroad but not sure what is happening this year? Come meet with Smeal International Programs advisers to learn more about what programs Penn State is hoping to offer for Summer 2021, how to plan around the uncertainty of COVID, and how to apply for study abroad. *Future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqcOupqD8jHdWyYu0DzwQQy_k440rtLLNP   

Tuesday, January 19

4:30-5:30 PM

Registration required

Maymester with Smeal Faculty – Meet the Professor
Learn more about the Maymester course offered abroad in various locations (including a new Virtual option) in Summer 2021. See specifics sessions listed below.

Week of January 25th

Maymester: Florence, Italy

There are two different courses being offered in Florence. Attend one or both sessions depending on the course you are interested in taking.

BLAW 499 Common Bonds of Renaissance Italy and the U.S. - Examining Legal and Political Themes Fostering Wealth and Creativity

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYldOuqpj0jGNeSz1RrI9_z9YTZ5h6LnWtp

Monday, January 25

4:30-5:00 PM

Registration required.

Maymester: Florence, Italy

There are two different courses being offered in Florence. Attend one or both sessions depending on the course you are interested in taking.

IB/ACCTG 399 Old World Innovations and their influence on modern business systems

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vf-6hqzMsHN3Bz3KjmioRtkE-69FpxLFa

Monday, January 25

5:00-5:30 PM

Registration required.

Maymester: Pforzheim, Germany

IB 399/IST 402 Sustainability & ERP Simulation – Emerging Global Mega Trends

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfu6vqjIoGNWo1wdp_gyqV_OwH5VEv3zQ

Wednesday, January 27

4:30-5:00 PM

Registration required.

Maymester: Barcelona, Spain

Business in Barcelona: IB 399 Doing Business in the Mediterranean

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkcOGtpzMrGdWLlD-Tj15-MRRxos8k9CnF

Wednesday, January 27

5:00-5:30 PM

Registration required.

Virtual Maymester: Brno, Czech Republic

IB 399 Business in Brno: Intercultural Communication for a Global Economy

For students unable to travel in Summer 2021, join Smeal faculty for a synchronous online course with virtual site visits, guest lectures and cultural activities based in start-up hub of Brno, Czech Republic.

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwoduyrpz4rH9KwP2KnpdMkmur5sCx8ss13

Thursday, January 28

4:30-5:00 PM

Registration required.

Penn State Global Programs - Study Abroad Week 

Many sessions offered to help you start exploring a study abroad experience from general overview to academic planning to scholarships to learning about Penn State faculty-led programs!

For more information and to register for sessions, go to: https://global.psu.edu/studyabroadweek 

Monday, February 1 to Friday, February 5

Registration required.

FALL 2020

Panel Discussion “Education Abroad and Global Citizenship” 
   Organized by PSU Education Abroad

Students will discuss the following topics with a panel of administrators, faculty and international education experts, and students: 

  • Reverse culture shock and how to interpret emotions, thoughts, and needs after students return from a study abroad experience, and how is this process different for spring 2020 students 
  • Ways students can stay connected or how can they reconnect with communities abroad 
  • Reflect on how the study abroad programs affect host communities, and how we can contribute to sustainable study abroad 
  • Reflections on global citizenship and why these conversations are crucial at times of global pandemics, climate change, and social movements related to racial and ethnic equity and justice 

 

This event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., EDT. Please complete this form to register for the event. 

Wednesday October 28

5:00-6:00 PM

ZOOM

Registration required

International Business Association
International Night

Your chance to hear directly from business professionals who have international business experience.

See PDF flyer for more details, including registration and Zoom link.
Contact : IBA directly

Thursday November 5

6:00-7:00 PM

ZOOM

Summer 2021 Smeal Study Abroad Info Session - presented by Smeal Office of International Programs

Interested in Summer Study Abroad but not sure what is happening this year? Come meet with Smeal International Programs advisers to learn more about what programs Penn State is hoping to offer for Summer 2021, how to plan around the uncertainty of COVID, and how to apply for study abroad. *Future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqd-iopjwsGdMnqE1osdVfRhjKJIFrvzYi

Monday November 9

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Registration required

Panel Discussion “Using Your Study Abroad to Enhance your Personal and Professional Goals”
   Organized by PSU Education Abroad

This workshop-style event will provide students the opportunity to discuss how their study abroad experiences can be used to meet personal and professional goals.  Specifically, how to talk about the experiences, both negative and positive, when pursuing a career after college.

The event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., EST. Please complete this form to register for the event. 

Wednesday November 11

5:00-6:00 PM

ZOOM

Registration required

International Internships Information Session - presented by Smeal Office of International Programs

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. Many virtual options to be offered this year for students uncertain about travel but interested in working with an international company. *Future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArduqupz4jH92itpyt1hZPJlMvTYyhQABb

Thursday November 12

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Registration required.

Semester Study Abroad Information Session - presented by Smeal Office of International Programs

Considering a full semester study abroad experience? Now is a good time to start planning for Spring 2022 study abroad programs. In this presentation, we will review how to choose a study abroad program, what credits you can earn abroad during a full semester, and upcoming deadlines to be aware of. The application cycle begins next semester so come learn more now. *Future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ofumtrzojG9CPQPPCJBbo53kQCs77y1EZ

Monday November 16

4:30-5:30 PM

Registration required.

Global Programs International Internship Fair
   Organized by PSU Education Abroad

Join Global Programs for a chance to meet with the many international internship providers. Learn about different locations and internship placement options.

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/35gpi4D

Wednesday November 18

Registration required.

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