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.
Apply to GELE! What is the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE)? 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. It is the perfect mix of serious conversations, engaging activities, and practical simulations.
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.