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International Scholar Advising

International Scholar Advising (ISA) is part of the Directorate of International Students & Scholars Advising (DISSA). Our goal is to assist and advise university staff, faculty, international scholars and their dependents, regarding U.S. immigration related issues and regulations as they pertain to their employment and stay at Penn State.

International Scholar Advising is the only office within Penn State that provides immigration-related services to all international scholars, and it does so for over 1400 international scholars and faculty, who teach, conduct research, and support the many academic pursuits that make Penn State a world class institution.  Although our office is physically present on the University Park campus, our visa/immigration services extend to the other 24 Penn State campus locations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well.

  • We support and enhance Penn State's international goals and objectives as defined by the University by providing strategic, consultative, and administrative support to all academic/administrative units as well as individual faculty members directly or indirectly involved in collaborating with, hiring, or sponsorship of international scholars.
  • We facilitate Penn State's faculty and international scholars' ability to concentrate on their substantive interest in teaching, research, and service, by ensuring compliance with all federal laws, rules, and regulation permitting the employment of foreign nationals.

DISSA Mission

The Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising, which is the authorized representative for Penn State for international students and scholars with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, is committed to providing international students and scholars the highest level of expertise in advising, immigration services, and training in support of Penn State's teaching, research and outreach objectives.

Office Location and Advising Hours

Mailing Address: 402 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802

DISSA Help Desk: 408A Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802

Phone:     814-865-0423
Fax:         814-865-6246

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
                              1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Advising Hours

Monday – Tuesday: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday – Friday: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Other Hours By Appointment Only