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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.



Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE) Weekend #2

GELE Weekend #2 The following campuses will be participating in GELE during this weekend: University Park Contact: Richard Spicer ( Erie Contact: Riki

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Math professor’s legacy lives on through $300,000 endowment for sustainability

Wed, 16 Oct 2019

Fueled by faith and a passion for sustainability, the late John Roe created a legacy at Penn State that will continue to inspire students for years to come, thanks to a $300,000 endowment from his wife, Liane Roe, to establish the Dr. John Roe Fund for a Just and Sustainable Future in Penn State Outreach.

Well cited: Engineering alumnus' decades-old work has stood the test of time

Mon, 14 Oct 2019

Muhammad Nawaz, an industrial engineering alumnus who graduated from Penn State in 1980 with a master of engineering degree, has accumulated nearly 2,400 citations for his thesis on how to organize an order of tasks, or jobs, for maximum efficiency. His work led to the creation of a widely used research algorithm that continues to earn him recognition nearly four decades later.

Costs of natural disasters are increasing at the high end

Mon, 07 Oct 2019

While the economic cost of natural disasters has not increased much on average, averages can be deceptive. The costs of major disasters like hurricanes Katrina, Maria and Dorian or the massive tornado swarms in the Midwest have increased to a disproportionately larger extent than those of lesser events, and these major disasters have become far more expensive, according to an international team of researchers.

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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.