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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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Blog post by Alessandra Auster, Marketing '20, who studied abroad in Seville, Spain in Spring 2019

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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Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Monday, March 15

Perreault Fellows Program Information Sessions

The Perreault Fellows Program is a competitive global leadership and internship program that prepares students for personal and professional excellence. The program prepares students for global leadership through cross-cultural learning, ethics, service, personal mentorship, and an internship abroad.

Join the Penn State Education Abroad Office to learn about this exciting opportunity!

March 25, 2021 | 4:30 - 5:15 PM | Register HERE

* Registration is required.

Thursday, March 25

Barcelona Information Sessions - presented by the Penn State Education Abroad Office

This session will provide an overview of the IES: Barcelona program, the application process, how to choose courses, and housing. Smeal students who are interested in this program are encouraged to attend.

*Registration is required. Choose a date and time below to register for a session.

Wednesday, March 31 | 4:00 PM | Register HERE

Monday, April 5 | 4:00 PM | Register HERE

Thursday, April 8 | 12:15 PM | Register HERE

Wednesday, April 14 | 4:00 PM | Register HERE

See dates and times under description.

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 a semester study abroad experience. 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. 

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElfumrqD8uHtxSA4XsknoQrQp5NwfdWlfq

*Registration is required.

 *Future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.

Wednesday, March 31

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Spring Study Abroad Application Q+A Session - presented by Smeal Office of International Programs

Join us in this session to learn about tips for a successful study abroad application and to ask any questions you may have.

Registration Link: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-2srj4jHdZiqiuURZDdX0nmghF_e3dP

*Registration is required.

Tuesday, April 13

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Contemporary Trends in Visual Marketing: Milan's Fashion Triangle - presented by IES Abroad

The Retail Safari is a virtual tour of Milan's Quadrilatero della Moda, or Fashion Quadrangle, a high-end shopping district with showrooms and boutiques from upscale brands including Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Krizia, and Roberto Cavalli. Led by an industry professional, the tour will use photos and video to introduce students to visual merchandising strategies and help them identify the current visual merchandising trends employed by fashion and luxury brands.

Register for this event HERE

Thursday, April 19

11:00 AM

Spring 2022 Application Deadline

Saturday, May 1

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