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.


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Penn State Law claims world championship at international moot court competition

Tue, 21 May 2019

Penn State won a world championship this spring. And while it took the same kind of practice, stamina, dedication, teamwork, strength of spirit and mental toughness you might expect with any collegiate victory, it didn’t happen on a field, court, rink or mat. It happened at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research

Mon, 20 May 2019

From Sept. 16 to 18, Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference to learn about and discuss the science underlying Drawdown’s portfolio of 100 solutions aimed at reversing global warming.

3D-printed Mars habitat team has breakthrough, finishes second in NASA challenge

Thu, 16 May 2019

During NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois, in early May, Penn State fell just short of besting its friendly rival AI SpaceFactory. But in the process, the team engineered a breakthrough that moves forward 3D-printing construction research and pushes the team closer to the goal of creating sustainable housing on Earth.

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