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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
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! For more information...

Wednesday, January 17th

11:00-3:00 pm 

Business Building Atrium

CRCC Asia: Summer China Internships

Improve both work and intercultural skills with an international internship in Shanghai. Learn how CRCC Asia can assist with professional development, networking events, cultural activities and Mandarin lessons. No language requirement to be eligible.

 Wednesday, January 17th

4:00 pm

412 Boucke Building

Smeal Summer Study Abroad – Meet the Professors!

Learn about the Summer 2018 Study Abroad programs approved for the International Business minor. 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


Week-long celebration. Check out the flyer FULL of events

January 22nd to 26th

See the flyer for event dates, times & locations

International Internships & Career Benefits of Education Abroad

Learn how to internationalize your education and career prospects by interning or studying abroad.

Tuesday, January 23rd

4:30-5:30 pm

Carnegie Cinema Room 113

A Regional Look at Study Abroad: Fall, Spring, Summer

Learn more about opportunities world-wide to study, intern or research. Then, check with your academic college for additional information. Schedule of sessions is coming soon.

Wednesday, January 24th

5:00-8:00 pm

Business Building Atrium & Rooms 104, 106, 107, 108

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 


International Internships Information Session

Internships in a new cultural environment benefit students with a different skill set than they gain in a domestic internship. Learn more about the opportunities available during this informational meeting. These are largely unpaid internships, meant to enhance the resume and give students a competitive edge.

Wednesday, February 7th

4:40-5:30 pm

108 Business Building

Smeal Study Abroad Information Night

Learn about your study abroad options and how this exciting experience can fit into your Smeal academic plan.

Monday, February 19th

5:00-6:00 pm

110 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 attend.

Wednesday, February 21st 

4:40-5:30 pm

Fall 2018 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE!!

Take the road less traveled... Go abroad fall semester.

Thursday, March 1st


Smeal Study Abroad FOCUS Information Sessions

Trying to decide which study abroad program to attend in a specific city, country, or region? These focus sessions are for you!

Germany & Eastern Europe March 19th

Spain & Latin America March 20th 

France & Northern Europe March 21st

Multi-destination & English Speaking March 26th

Italy March 27th

Australia & New Zealand March 28th

March 19 - March 28th

122 Business Building

4:40 - 5:30 pm

Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Application

Missed the last tips session? One last chance to learn some quick and easy tips to strengthen your essays for study abroad Spring 2018. RSVP to attend.

Tuesday, April 3rd 4:35-5:25 pm

& Monday April 9th 4:40-5:30 pm

Spring 2019 Study Abroad Application DEADLINE!!

Submit your application by the May 1st priority review deadline for your best chance at getting into your top choice program. Some programs may fill and be closed for future review dates.

Tuesday, May 1st 


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