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International Students and Scholars

International Student and Scholar Advising (ISSA) 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

ISSA 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.



Pre-Arrival General Question & Answer Session

Register in iStart under menu option: a. New Student Forms. This is a general session to cover a variety of topics for incoming International students who plan to attend any Penn State Campus.


Pre-Arrival Question and Answer Session: What to expect upon arrival

Register in iStart under menu option: a. New Student Forms. This session is to provide you information to help plan for your arrival to Penn State Register to learn about the follow topics and g

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A fledgling great horned owl named Sunny is the newest resident of the Klingsberg Aviary at Shaver’s Creek, where staff have been taking turns keeping it company inside its outdoor enclosure.

Penn State 3rd in US and 40th globally in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

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Penn State remained in the top three in the U.S. and moved up globally from No. 47 to No. 40 out of nearly 1,600 international institutions that participated in the 2023 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. This ranking, which assesses universities against the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, places Penn State in the top 2.5% of higher education institutions worldwide.

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Educators who teach young people about water resources can gather valuable information for curriculum planning by participating in Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper Summit,” a youth water education conference slated for Sept. 28 in Harrisburg.

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