International Students and Scholars

The Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) offers advising, immigration services, and training to support our international students, scholars, and faculty.

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International Students

We assist incoming and enrolled international students including those from other schools on practical training with U.S. visa and immigration matters and provide advising on status throughout Penn State enrollment.

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International Scholars

We're here to guide J-1 scholars through compliance with all federal rules and regulations.

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International Faculty

We're here to advise and assist in the preparation of both temporary and permanent employment based applications in compliance with University policy and federal regulations.

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Faculty & Staff Resources

DISSA can help you support, advise, and maintain the status of your students, scholars, and international faculty.

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Life at Penn State

We have resources to help you find your way around; from housing and transportation to shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Events

SEP21

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop

Join us in 412 Boucke to learn more about Optional Practical Training (OPT), an employment authorization benefit for eligible F-1 visa students.

SEP27

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop

Join us in 412 Boucke to learn more about Optional Practical Training (OPT), an employment authorization benefit for eligible F-1 visa students.

SEP28

J-1 Academic Training Workshop

Join us in 412 Boucke to learn more about J-1 Academic Training, an employment authorization benefit for eligible J-1 visa students.

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News

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WPSU documentary highlights climate change in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is one of 330 U.S. mayors pledging continued alignment with the Paris Agreement.

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Researchers to develop new gene-editing method

A National Science Foundation grant enables Penn State entomologists to develop a gene-editing capabilities technology.

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IST students research startup culture, refugee tech in Rwanda

Penn State student computer science researchers travel to Rwanda to discover how technology is used and implemented.

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