Several years ago, Global Programs created a unique "parent track" to better address the questions and concerns of the parents of international students during the fall student orientation. The one-day orientation has been a great success, growing each year and introducing the parents to their important role in the student experience.
The Office of Global Programs at Penn State offers a Pre-Departure Orientation to new Chinese students who have been accepted and have paid their acceptance fee. The Pre-Departure Orientation provides an opportunity for future students and their families to meet other Penn State students, alumni, and university staff, and learn important information about Penn State, college life, and regulations before traveling to the United States.
What is the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience? The Global Engagement and Leadership Experience, as the name implies, is a "global" leadership opportunity. What does that mean? At GELE we explore our ability to interact across differences; both at the individual and group level. Our trained facilitators work to guide you in your understanding of self, while also providing opportunities to learn about the cultures of others. The skills you need to work across differences ("intercultural") are important no matter your major or future career goals. What will you take away from this experience?
What is FiGE? Foundations in Global Engagement (FiGE; “fee-gee”) is programming for all students who wish to enrich their Penn State experience by developing multinational relationships. A cohort of international and domestic students will participate in a series of events and activities that will become the catalyst for cross-cultural communication and will facilitate the process of learning to appreciate similarities and differences in a multinational group.
Our Community Engagement Programs are designed to connect members of the Penn State and State College community with one another across cultures to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the rich cultural differences that exist in our region.