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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
DetailsDate / Time / Location

FALL 2020

Smeal GET STARTED to Study Abroad Information Session


For students that have not applied to study abroad, learn about your study abroad options and how this exciting experience can fit into your Smeal academic plan. We will cover topics ranging from choosing a program, earning credits abroad and the International Business minor. Smeal Scholarships to study abroad are available cover part of the extra expense.

August 26

via Zoom

5:00 pm EST

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience


This workshop assists students that returned from study abroad to maximize the impact of the experience during their job search.

September 1

via Zoom

4:30-5:15 pm

Spring 2021 Study Abroad - FINAL application deadline

Apply by September 10th to study abroad in Spring 2021. Note: Once your application is submitted and approved, all applicants have until October 1st to commit.

September 10

Education Abroad Fair 2020

Meet with Penn State colleges, faculty, and global partners to learn more about the many education abroad opportunities available to you as a Penn State student. The fair will be held virtually this year on the platform Brazen. Students must register in advance. For registration and more information.

Wednesday October 14

4:00 - 7:00 PM


Summer 2021 Study Abroad Info Session

Interested in Summer Study Abroad but not sure where to go? Come hear details about the many exciting Summer and Maymester programs offered, the Smeal faculty who may be leading them.

Monday November 9

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Zoom link TBA

International Internship Alternatives

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

Thursday November 12

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Zoom link TBA

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