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Penn State offers a host of opportunities to engage globally on and away from campus with faculty, staff and students from across the United States and around the world.


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Engineering students building autonomous submarine for international competition

Fri, 06 Dec 2019

As part of a yearlong capstone course, a multidisciplinary, undergraduate engineering team is developing an underwater autonomous vehicle that can navigate a complicated obstacle course in a pool without human help. While the students are gearing up for the competition, dubbed RoboSub, they also are pursuing another goal: a fight against water pollution.

Degrees from all Penn State campuses recognized by Chinese Ministry of Education

Fri, 06 Dec 2019

Diplomas from Penn State, University-wide, are now recognized by the Ministry of Education in China, which recently changed Penn State’s listing on their website of American universities to read, “The Pennsylvania State University.” Prior to a few weeks ago, Penn State’s entry read, “The Pennsylvania State University (University Park).”

International Fellowship Program welcomes first cohort

Thu, 05 Dec 2019

Earlier this year, Penn State announced that Paul and Beverly Perreault had provided a million dollar endowment for both international internships and veterans issues. In November, the endowment came to life with the opening of the Penn State Student Veteran Center, and with the announcement of the first round of Perreault Fellows.

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Global Engagement and Leadership Experience

Penn State's GELE program fosters new perspectives.

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Across the Commonwealth

Penn State, founded in 1855, has 24 campuses across the Commonwealth. It is Pennsylvania’s only land-grant institution, its largest University, and one of the most prominent public research universities in the United States.


The Fulbright Scholars Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and provides funding for scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake advanced research and teaching around the world.

Commonwealth Campus Contacts

Global Programs works with many departments at University Park and across the Commonwealth to offer a variety of on-campus, globally-focused events. The goal is to enhance student’s educational experiences and build a truly Global Penn State.


Global Programs celebrates and honors global engagement of students, faculty, and staff through a variety of annual events, conferences, and awards.


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The Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE) is a two-and-a-half day conference that brings together international and U.S. students to discuss and learn about aspects of global leadership.

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Foundations in Global Engagement (FiGE) is a program open to first-year undergraduate, first-year graduate, and new exchange or transfer international and American students who wish to put a global spin on their Penn State experience, right here on campus.

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Study abroad alumni are invited to attend a return rally to learn about resources on campus to smoothly transition back into life in the United States and share their experiences from abroad.