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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.

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 on a summer 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 2019

GET STARTED!  Study Abroad 

If you want to include a study abroad program in your Penn State education, this info session will show you how to take the first steps.

August 27th

5:00-6:00 pm in 110 Business Building

International Internship Alternatives

Enhance your resume with an internship in another country. Learn how to explore options and what is involved in the application process at this information session.

September 24th

4:30-5:30 pm in 103 Business Building

Education Abroad Fair

Explore opportunities to study in programs worldwide.

October 2nd

11:00-4:00 in HUB Alumni Hall


Study Abroad Group Advising

To make the best use of your time, we recommend that you start with a group advising session before scheduling a one-on-one advising appointment.

Sign-up via Starfish - 

  • Login to STARFISH >>> From top navigation bar use Services Catalog 
  • Search:  All Campuses - Smeal Office of International Programs
  • Tony Hudson (tvh5217@psu.edu). 
  • Make a note of your room location at the time you schedule the appointment.

Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm

Wednesdays from 11:15-12:05 pm

Make a note of your room location at the time you schedule the appointment.

IES Barcelona Info Session for Smeal Applicants

  • Application Requirements/Timing
  • Smeal Considerations Planning Courses
  • Priority Deadline to Apply - MAY 1

Monday, April 15
5:30-7:00 pm
124 Business Building

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Looking for that competitive edge? Learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your application essays.

Sign-up on Starfish. GO TO: Smeal Office of International Programs under Elizabeth Labrin (Group Session -WATCH FOR MORE SESSION DATES FOR SPRING)


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