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Penn State Statement on Coronavirus (1/24/2020)

Penn State is closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus in the Wuhan province of China. While standard precautions such as good hygeine practice are recommended, there have been no cases of Coronavirus in Pennsylvania at this time.

Incoming International Exchange Students Taking Courses- Part A.1

Application Materials and Admission Requirements: Agreements should specify a deadline for submitting all application materials. In addition, departments should ask the collaborating institution to send a list of nominated students so that their applications can be tracked more easily at Penn State.

Incoming International Graduate Exchange Students conducting Research (Visiting Scholars)- Part A.2

Application Requirements: International graduate students participating in an exchange and exclusively involved in research at Penn State will be classified as visiting scholars and must submit the following application documents: 

Penn State Graduate Students Studying Abroad- Part A.3

Medical Insurance: Penn State graduate students studying abroad as an individual on a Penn State sponsored program are covered by United Healthcare Global banket policy. Questions should be directed to the Global Safety Office at

U.S. Department of State Diversity Visa Lottery

The U.S. Department of State—Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that online registration for the diversity visa program begins on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, and will end on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

U.S. Government Shutdown (1/20/2018)

UPDATE: 1/22/2018 On the afternoon of January 22nd, Congress passed a temporary stopgap measure to fund the government through February 8th, 2018. All immigration processing and related government services will resume Tuesday, January 23rd.

Collaborative International Graduate Degrees

All collaborative international graduate degree programs must be approved by Graduate Council before Glbobal Programs will draft an agreement. Guidelines and process for collaborative degree agreements are established by the Graduate School.

Library Access

Different levels of library access can be granted to visiting scholars depending on what terms the respective department sponsors. Online library resources require possession of a Penn State access ID which can only be issued pursuant to Penn State policies.

U.S. Presidential Orders and Proclamations Concerning the International Community

White House: Full Text of Presidential Proclamation on Visas White House: Fact Sheet White House: Frequently Asked Questions White House: Original Press Release Penn State Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic President of Penn State, Eric J. Barron - Message Advising Contact Information Current international students & scholars with questions, should contact the relevant units below:

U.S.-Turkey Suspension of Nonimmigrant Visa Processing

Update: 11/08/2017 Visa processing has resumed on a 'limited' basis between the U.S. and Turkey. Student visas (F, J, and M) are among the types in which processing has resumed. No further interruptions in processing are foreseen at this time.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop - Intermediate

Executive Proxy Application

Personal Property Insurance

Penn State Education Abroad recommends that all students consider purchasing personal property insurance for their time abroad. Personal property insurance plans often cover items such as laptops, cell phones and clothing and even provide protection against identity theft and ATM robberies.

Programs and Opportunities

Student Travel

Student Group Travel Under University Policy FN20, “student group travel” is a trip of two or more students accompanied by a university employee with a purpose that is relevant to the university's academic mission. Each trip must be approved at the appropriate University level, and a University employee is required to accompany the group. The employee is in charge of the activity and must be acting within the scope of his or her employment.