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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 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


Selected events listed below.
For all Study Abroad Week events, visit the Global Programs page.

 January 14 - 18

Study Abroad and your #CareerGoals

Thinking about studying abroad in the future? Learn how to maximize the career benefits by choosing a program to contribute to your future goals. This interactive workshop will help you prioritize a study abroad experience to align with your career goals.

 Monday, January 14th

4:00-5:00 pm
Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library

Smeal Summer & Maymester Study Abroad Info Session

Business focused summer programs are available to students in a variety of majors and colleges. Find out what courses are available summer 2019.

Monday, January 14th 

5:30-6:30 pm

124 Business Building

Internships Abroad Information Session & Fair

Find out more about how students can obtain an internship in another country, with the help of a third-party provider. International internships are a great opportunity to build your resume and demonstrate your interest in working internationally.

4:00-5:00 gather general knowledge about how it works

5:00-6:00 attend Fair to learn more from providers

6:30-7:30 choose an individual meeting with the provider you prefer

International Internships provided by Penn State

Tuesday, January 15th

4:00-5:00 Info Session
in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

5:00-6:00 Internship Fair in 
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

6:30-7:30 Provider Meetings
in Business Building (BB)

Arcadia Univ. in 102 BB
Connect 123 in 103 BB
CRCC Asia in 107 BB
CzechMates in 104 BB
IES Abroad in 124 BB
The Intern Group in 122 BB

Smeal Abroad EXPO

This is your chance to talk to Smeal study abroad alumni and students studying here from other countries to learn all about their experiences in Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Japan, China and more!

Wednesday, January 16th

3:00-6:00 pm
Atrium of Business Building

Pforzheim University Summer Program Info Session


Wednesday, January 16th 


Information Sessions for Smeal Faculty-led programs

*Florence: The World of Business & Italian Culture, Marketing track
                 January 17th | 5:00-5:30 PM | 104 Business Building

*Florence: The World of Business & Italian Culture, Supply Chain track
                 January 22nd | 5:00-5:30 PM | 104 Business Building

*Aix: Business at IAU: Discover Paris, the South of France & Morocco
                 January 23rd | 4:30-5:00 PM | 103 Business Building

*Maastricht: From East to West: The World of Central & Eastern Europe
                 January 23rd | 5:00-5:30 PM | 104 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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