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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
DetailsDate / Time / Location


Barcelona Info Session by Global Programs

If you would like to attend, please sign up at this link using your Penn State email address, and they will email you the Zoom link to join.


Tuesday, April 21, 4-5 pm

Smeal Study Abroad Spring 2021 Information Session

Learn how to search for programs and how to apply

Monday, April 20 at 4:00 pm


Perreault Fellows Information Session

The Perreault Fellows Program is a competitive global leadership and internship program that prepares fellows in multiple disciplines for personal and professional excellence through learning in cross-cultural leadership, ethics, service, personal-mentoring, and an internship abroad, for which we award students up to $7,500.00 toward their expenses. 

Thursday, April 23 at 1:00 pm


Spring 2021 Study Abroad... Priority Deadline

Apply by May 1st for your best chance at acceptance to study abroad in Spring 2021. Note: Once application submitted and approved, you have until October 1st to commit.

Friday, May 1

11:59 PM

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