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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 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
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Summer & Maymester Study Abroad Info Session - Meet the Professors!

Learn about the Summer 2020 Study Abroad Programs offered through the Smeal College of Business. Get your questions answered about study abroad and stay to meet the Smeal faculty teaching in Florence, Barcelona and Pforzheim this year. Don't miss your chance to apply for an unforgettable experience abroad. 

4:45-5:15 General information session
5:15-5:45 Breakout sessions for Florence Marketing, Pforzheim Maymester and others TBD.

Tuesday, January 14

4:45 pm

108 Business Buildings

Penn State Study Abroad Week

Get excited for one full week of study abroad events! Consider how study abroad can impact your career goals, talk to returned PSU students about their study abroad experience, meet faculty who teach abroad and get more information on how to choose a program from Education Abroad advisers. All this and more!

Full Schedule

January 20 - January 24, 2020


Smeal Abroad EXPO

Come learn about what it’s like to study abroad in the summer or semester as a Penn State student! The Smeal Abroad EXPO is a peer to peer study abroad fair for students interested in talking with other students who have studied or lived abroad. Get answers to your questions about housing, travel & courses abroad – all from the student perspective. Programs represented include DIS Copenhagen, CES Maastricht, CIEE Seville, IES Madrid, IES Dublin Internship, and more!

Tuesday, January 21

11:00-2:00 pm

HUB Noontime Lounge

Study Abroad Scholarships

There are multiple sources of funding for studying abroad, international internships and service learning experiences. Come learn where to apply for scholarships and grants to make your dream possible. Smeal Scholarships can be found here.

There are other events during this Study Abroad Week relating to scholarships. See the  Full Schedule.

January 22

5:15-6:00 pm

102 Business Building

Summer 2020 Study Abroad DEADLINE

and SCHOLARSHIP application deadline, too!

Don't miss your chance to apply for Summer study abroad! Log on to your application and submit by 11:59 pm tonight

Smeal Scholarships: Applications are due February 1, also.

February 1, 2020

11:59 PM

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.

  • Meet former international interns and hear about their experiences abroad



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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