International Parent Orientation

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.

Pre-Departure Orientation - Asia

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.

Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE)

Apply to Taste of GELE! Introducing Taste of GELE How often have you heard someone say, “back in my day things were easier” or “where I came from, we did things differently?” In the past, most nations or societies could stand alone and be self-sufficient. Today almost all nations and almost all people are part of an interdependent global order whether they realize it or not.  Although there is no singularly agreed upon definition of the word globalization, it is often understood as the process through which products, people, ideas, culture, and capital, are transferred around the world creating a system of global integration. Sounds a bit complex, right? Maybe you are asking yourself if globalization is making the world smaller or larger? Better or worse? With advances in telecommunications and transportation, the world has become an enormous and inviting landscape for exploration and engagement. If we have the means to do so, we can travel to nearly every inch of the earth in person or virtually, we can communicate and mobilize with people from foreign cultures, and we can even pursue new opportunities for professional or even personal growth. With Penn State University as one of the top research institutions in the world, WE ARE transforming the world each and every day. Whether you are a world-traveler, have never left your home country, or are curious as to where you see yourself in the evolving world, consider joining us for a “Taste of GELE” to immerse yourself in an experience unlike any other!

Foundations in Global Engagement (FiGE)

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.

Global Careers Institute

Community Engagement Programs

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.

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