Incoming Exchange Students

Welcome, prospective exchange students, to Penn State University! Penn State is a public institution with national ranking in scholarship, research, and athletics. We are excited you are considering us for an international exchange! 

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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Penn State! Please review the following steps to complete the application process. Please note that you must be nominated by your host institution before applying to the Penn State exchange program.

Life in State College

Upon arrival at Penn State, there are many opportunities to get involved on campus.

Accommodation and Meals

On-campus housing and meal plans are available for exchange students.


Prospective and current international students can learn about visa requirements, pre-advising, financials, health insurance, academic advising, employment, and volunteer opportunities.

Academics at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university. Penn State’s land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.