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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
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FALL 2017 Semester

Summer & Maymester Study Abroad Information Session

Thinking Summer Study Abroad but not sure where to go? Come hear details about the many exciting summer programs offered, the Smeal faculty who may be leading them, and our new Maymester opportunities!!

Tuesday, November 14th

4:30-6:00 pm

217 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. RSVP to learn the location. -->

Wednesday, November 15th

4:30-5:15 pm


College of Arts & Architecture Study Abroad Info Session

Smeal students can apply to study abroad programs through other colleges and if you are interested in a summer program through the College of Arts and Architecture, this is a good opportunity to learn more. Faculty leaders will be present. Programs approved for the IB minor are Tanzania: Parks and People, Tokyo: Arts & Aesthetics and Todi: Language, Art History & Culture. See flyer.

Wednesday, November 29th

6:00 pm

121 Borland Building

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Missed the last session? Here is another opportunity to learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your application essays. RSVP to learn the location. -->

Thursday, November 30th

4:30-5:15 pm


SPRING 2018 Semester

Smeal Abroad EXPO – Don’t miss it!

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 17th

11:00-3:00 pm 

Business Building Atrium

Smeal Summer Study Abroad – Meet the Professors!

Learn about the Summer 2018 Smeal Faculty-led Programs. Get your questions answered about study abroad and meet the Smeal faculty teaching abroad in Florence, Aix and Maastricht this year.

Thursday, January 18th 

6:00-7:30 pm

110 Business Building

Pforzheim University Summer Program Information Session

Check-one of the most affordable summer study abroad programs designed for the business student. Dr. Dirk Wentzel, Director of the Pforzheim University Summer Study Abroad program is visiting from Germany and will be available to answer all of the questions you have about studying abroad in Pforzheim this summer.

Tuesday, January 23rd

6:00-7:30 pm

108 Business Building

Summer 2018 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE!!

SOIP will have Walk-ins from 9-4pm on Wednesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 1st

Thursday, February 1st 


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