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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
DetailsDate / Time / Location

FALL 2021

Smeal GET STARTED Study Abroad Info Session

Interested in study abroad? Meet your Smeal International Program Advisers and learn about study abroad opportunities! We'll talk about types of programs, when to go, earning credits, financial planning, study abroad and COVID-19, and answer your questions.

Registration is required. Be sure to use your PSU email when signing up.


Thursday, August 26

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Gilman Scholarship Info Session

Hosted by the Penn State Education Abroad and the Office of Student Aid: Learn about the Gilman Scholarship, a program that offers financial support for Pell-eligible students who are interested in studying or interning abroad.


Tuesday, September 7

5:30 - 6:30 PM

FINAL Spring 2022 Application Deadline

Friday, September 10

Smeal Spring 2022 Study Abroad Scholarship Application Deadline

Click HERE to apply!

Monday, September 13

Career Strategies for International Students Workshop Series

Hosted by the Business Career Center

Getting an internship or job as an international student can have some difficulties, but there are resources available to you! Attend this session to hear from Penn State EPPIC and learn strategies to navigate the job and internship search process! Representatives from DISSA will discuss more about OPT, visas, sponsorship, and working in the U.S. 

Attend the event HERE

Monday, September 13

5:00 - 7:00 PM

I'm Approved...What's Next?

Pre-Commitment Webinar for Spring 2022 Education Abroad Applicants

Hosted by the Penn State Global Programs

Congratulations on your approval to study abroad during the spring 2022 semester! You are invited to attend a webinar hosted by Education Abroad staff members to learn more about the commitment process, how we are evaluating programs for the spring 2022 semester, and what to expect in the coming months.

Virtual Event | Registration is required | Register HERE

Monday, September 27

4:00 PM

Spring 2022 Commitment Deadline

Maymester and Summer 2022 Applications Open

Friday,    October 1

2021 Education Abroad Back to the World Series


Tuesday, October 12 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Welcome Back to the World! (Virtual)

Education Abroad staff will introduce students to the new hybrid fair format, including fun activities, helpful workshops, and the opportunity to learn more about the Education Abroad staff and office. Students will have the opportunity to meet staff and peer advisers as well as learn about the study abroad process. 

Student registration is required for this event. | MORE INFORMATION 


Wednesday, October 13 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We Are Back In-Person! Penn State Education Abroad Fair (University Park, Alumni Hall)

Penn State faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet with students in Alumni Hall of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) at University Park Campus to discuss different college and department offerings to engage abroad. Please note that in accordance with current University policy, all individuals must wear a mask inside all University buildings. We will follow all Penn State event protocols. Please see the COVID-19 Health Guidelines for the latest information. 

Please note, students are not required to register for this in-person event. | MORE INFORMATION


Thursday, October 14 | 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Penn State Education Abroad Open House (Virtual)

This virtual fair will be hosted on the Brazen platform and will include many of Penn State’s international partner universities and provider organizations, in addition to the internal faculty and staff who support education abroad at Penn State. Students are invited to chat with representatives from universities abroad, faculty who lead programs, support resources, education abroad staff, among many others. 

Registration is required for this event. | MORE INFORMATION

3 Day Series:

October 12-14


Smeal Abroad Summer & Maymester Info Session

Interested in Summer Study Abroad, but not sure what is happening this year? Meet with the Smeal International Program Advisers to learn about Summer 2022 programs, how to plan around the uncertainty of COVID, and how to apply to study abroad. 

Location TBD

Monday, October 18

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Virtual: We Are! Working in London

Hosted by the Smeal Business Career Center: Get the inside scoop about living and working in London from a panel of Penn State alumni and employers representing industries within Business, IST, Liberal Arts, and Science. 

After the presentations, there will be an opportunity to network with alumni and professionals within the career fields you are interested in! (optional)

Open to all majors and years.


Contact for questions: smealcareers@smeal.psu.edu

Wednesday, October 20

4:00 - 5:00 PM

International Internships Info Session

Make your resume stand out by pursuing a work experience abroad! Learn about Penn State study abroad programs which provide an unpaid student internship and the resources to independently research non-Penn State international internships.

International students may also want to consider U.S. cities offered by some of these internship providers. 

Location TBD

Thursday, November 11

4:30 - 5:30 PM



Summer 2022 INTERNSHIP ONLY Application Deadline

Thursday, January 20

Maymester and Summer 2022 Application Deadline

Tuesday, February 15

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