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With global experiences having recently been made a pillar of Penn State and part of the strategic plan, Global Penn State is currently in an exceptional time of growth to meet the renewed demand for cultural engagement, not only at University Park and the 24 Commonwealth campuses, but around the world as well. Discover what’s happening with Global Penn State and how you can become involved.

New Global Penn State Video

International Education Week- IEW

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Learn more about IEW 2015

Education Abroad Writing Contest Winners Announced

The Education Abroad Office at Penn State, in partnership with Town & Gown Magazine, is pleased to announce the winners of it's fourth annual Writing Contest. The Education Abroad Writing Contest is a yearly contest open to all current Penn State students who have participated in study abroad previously or who are currently participating in a study abroad program sponsored by the Education Abroad office.The 2015 Writing Contest winners are featured in November's issue of Town & Gown Magazine. 

Education Abroad Writing Contest 2015 Winners

Global Engagement Network (GEN)

The Global Engagement Network, or commonly called GEN, is a network of strategic partners around the world that collaborate on teaching, research, and seek to solve the world's great challenges. 

Learn more about Penn State's GEN

Education Abroad Student Spotlight: Brisa’s experience in Seville, Spain

“I knew going in, that learning about different cultures and lifestyles can be enriching, however in regards to jobs and internships, U.S. students really seemed to be in demand! Before studying abroad, I would have never thought I would be able to find job opportunities, however because of my abroad experience there are many companies that actively seek recent graduates to travel the world for their companies. It is really exciting to know there are even more options than a desk job in Scranton, PA.” Brisa Smith Flores, College of Arts and Architecture

Read more about Brisa's experience abroad.

Education Abroad Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Education Abroad office is proud to present the winning photos from the 2015 Photo Contest! Thank you to all of our students who submitted over 800 entries in this year's contest. We look forward to running the contest again next year. 

View the 2015 Photo Contest Winners

Education Abroad Student Spotlight: Ashley’s experience in Florence, Italy

“A piece of advice I would give to outbound study abroad students in order to make the most of their abroad experiences is to take risks and be independent.  One thing I learned while being abroad is that you cannot rely on other people all the time, and it’s your chance to go out and explore the world.  ” Ashley Woller, Communication Sciences and Disorders Major

Read more from Ashley on her experience abroad

Education Abroad Student Spotlight: Katie’s experience in Hong Kong, China

“Going to study abroad by myself allowed me to find more of my strengths and weaknesses because there was a lot of time to myself, and I definitely think none of these would have been possible if I decided to stay (on campus) at Penn State.” Katie Shek, Hospitality Management Major

Read more about Katie's experience in Hong Kong.

CIEE Passport Caravan Recap

Through partnership with The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), 350 free passports were awarded to Penn State students on October 14 and 16 via the CIEE Passport Caravan.  

Read more about the CIEE Passport Caravan.

Welcome to Global Penn State

Welcome to Global Penn State, the primary web presence of the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP). UOGP provides support and oversight for all of Penn State's international engagements. Meet Dr. Adewumi, view our video, and learn more about Global Penn State!

Welcome to Global Penn State

Partnerships and Collaborative Centers form building blocks for Global Penn State

The Global Engagement Network (GEN) is best described as a network of select strategic partners that supports and promotes all dimensions of the university’s internationalization strategy.

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In partnership with CIEE, 350 free passports were awarded to Penn State students in October.


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