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, University of Auckland kick off partnership with workshop, RFP

Fri, 17 Jan 2020

In November 2019, 11 Penn State faculty members attended the University of Auckland – Penn State Collaboration Development Workshop, organized by Auckland’s International Office and the Office of Global Programs. Faculty from both universities utilized the time to work on joint projects in preparation for submission to the first joint collaboration development seed fund call.

Penn State to host Study Abroad Week from Jan. 20 to 24

Thu, 16 Jan 2020

Penn State will host Study Abroad Week 2020 during the week of Jan. 20-24 on the University Park campus. Students who attend can learn more about the process of applying, what funding is available, and career enrichment opportunities; and meet other students who have gone abroad.

Becoming a Learning Health System: The Penn State Health experience

Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Researchers at Penn State evaluated the process and experience of becoming a learning health system and shared lessons learned to assist other healthcare systems that are interested in becoming learning health systems, but are unsure of how to get started.

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