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Getting Involved Globally On Campus

Globalized Student Involvement

Global Engagement and Leadership Experience spring 2012. Photo by Brad Olson
Spring 2012 Global Engagement and Leadership Experience.
  • International Student Orientation Student Coordinators, Leaders, and Assistants
    The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) coordinates the International Student Orientation. ISO provides the time and space for every student to successfully begin their transition to life at Penn State. ISO is held three times a year before the fall and spring semester and summer session II. UOGP is looking for students passionate about helping others, building cultural competence, and working in a globally diverse and fast-paced environment. Working with ISO is a great opportunity to meet people from around the world and to help them discover what Happy Valley has to offer inside and outside the classroom.
  • Foundations in Global Engagement (FiGE)
     FiGE is a fun and educational way to put a global spin on your college experience right here on campus. Take part in bi-monthly globally focused activities in a mixed group of your peers, U.S. and international,  from different countries around the world.
  • Global Engagement & Leadership Experience (GELE)
    Be part of a small group of Penn State U.S. and international students who come together over a weekend, to embark on conversations and personal development on cultural perceptions, and the impact on global leadership and the global climate for students at Penn State.
  • International Education Week Join Penn State in the annual nationwide celebration of international education. Faculty, staff, student organizations, Global Connections and members of the community host a variety of globally-focused events, programs and activities.
  • Global Engagement in the Colleges
    Look for global engagement opportunities on and away from campus in the academic colleges. From the Global Brigades in the Colleges of Business and Health and Human Development to the Engineering Envoys in the College of Engineering, or international internships in Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network or in Eberly College of Science's Career and International Education. Check with international representatives in the colleges to learn more.

Volunteer with Global Programs

  • Become an Education Abroad Global Ambassador or Education Abroad Peer AdviserWhat can you say? Study abroad was AWESOME! But there is more. Become a Global Ambassador or Peer Adviser for education abroad. Global Ambassadors give presentations in classes, to student organizations, and departments about the benefits and basics of study abroad. Peer Advisers hold office hours to answer preliminary questions about study abroad, helping students have productive advising appointments with Education Abroad Advisers. To become a Global Ambassador contact Elizabeth Shuman. To become a Peer Adviser contact Whitney Strickler.

  • Volunteer for the International Children's Festival this year on Sunday, April 6, 2014. This global family event is co-organized by Global Connections, a non-profit organization affiliated with Penn State and the Centre County United Way, and the University Office of Global Programs. Volunteers are needed to:

    • Festival Crew - Staff an internationally themed tables teaching children about different cultures and traditions using crafts and games.
    • Logistics Crew - Set-up, decorate, minor program logistics, tear-down.
    • To volunteer complete the International Children's Festival Volunteer Form.

Questions about volunteering for the Children's Festival? Contact Katerina Kostadinova.

  • iLeap Mentor (Office of Summer Session)
    Apply to be a summer iLEAP mentor (paid). iLEAP mentors lead small groups of international students taking summer classes and organize programs and activities. For more details about the iLEAP program and becoming an iLEAP mentor contact the Office of Summer Session.

Student Affairs

  • Office of Student Activities
    What do students at Penn State do in their spare time? The Office of Student Activities offers a network of opportunities to help students succeed outside of class. The Office of Student Activities is the home of all student organizations and involvement opportunities on campus. Find the contact for all internationally-focused student organizations, intramural sports, like soccer, or start your own student organization.
  • Center for Ethics & Religious Affairs (CERA)
    Provides programs and a venue supporting globally diverse religious and cultural traditions at Penn State. 
  • International Student Council (ISC)
    The ISC is an umbrella international student organization for all international students. ISC serves as the voice of international students to the university administration, organizes globally-focused social events and programs, and encourages integration of U.S. and international students. 

Global Connections

Global Connections is a Penn State Affiliate and subsidiary of United Way. Global Connections is a community organization supporting the family members of those attending and working at Penn State as well as Penn State students. This hardworking group offers a variety programs and opportunities to the global and local community.

  • Conversation Partners
  • International Children's Festival