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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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CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship - Info Session for Penn State

Join CIEE for a virtual information session about this fully-funded, competitive 3-credit summer program. 

CIEE is offering $5 Starbucks gift cards to the first 20 students who register and attend!

Registration is required | Register HERE


Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will explore conflict and injustice from various perspectives and the leaders who sought to affect positive change for their communities and their countries.  Fellows will return to America with new perspectives on how effective leaders influence positive social change and inspired to be the catalyst for positive change in their communities and in our world.

The Fellowship honors the legacy of the abolitionist and statesman who himself traveled abroad in 1845 and experienced first-hand efforts to overcome religious injustice, gender injustice and racial injustice.  He returned to America in 1847 transformed and inspired to agitate for positive social change.

More information is available at the CIEE website for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program.

Thursday, January 20

4:00 PM

Summer 2022 INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP ONLY Application Deadline

Thursday, January 20

Global Learning and Engagement Week 2022 | Hosted by PSU Global

A whole week dedicated to international and intercultural activities! Attend an event this week to learn more about study abroad opportunities, talk with various colleges and departments, and gather information about scholarships and other resources to help fund your experience. 

See the full list of events!


Summer Programs EXPO

Wednesday, January 26 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Heritage Hall, HUB at University Park


Florence Summer Info Session (6 week program | IB Minor Approved)

Wednesday, January 26 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM

102 Business Building

Week of January 24-28

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


Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Tuesday,  March 1

Spring 2023 Application Deadline (Priority)

Sunday, May 1

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