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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.

Events

MAR01

STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT)

ISSA will host a webinar session on STEM OPT Extension for F-1 students who have qualifying STEM degree. This session will cover eligibility requirements, application process and reporting requirement

MAR12

12-Month Standard Optional Practical Training (OPT)

ISSA will host a webinar session on Optional Practical Training for F-1 students. Join us to learn about eligibility requirements, application process, important timelines, and what is required after

MAR12

12-Month Standard Optional Practical Training (OPT)

ISSA will host a webinar session on Optional Practical Training for F-1 students. Join us to learn about eligibility requirements, application process, important timelines, and what is required after

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News

Bioethics Program Director Jonathan Marks named a Hastings Center fellow

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 2

Penn State Bioethics Program Director Jonathan H. Marks has been named a fellow by the Hastings Center. He is among 13 new fellows recognized this year for their work advancing scholarship and public knowledge of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research and the environment.

Penn State professor leads virtual exchange program with Siberian university

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 0

Andjela Kaur, assistant teaching professor of rehabilitation and human services at Penn State Lehigh Valley, recently completed an Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) project with students from her employment strategies for people with disabilities course and partners from the University of Novi Sad, Siberia. EDGE is a project-based international virtual exchange program adapted from the State University of New York’s Collaborative Online International Learning program.

Penn State ranked first for faculty Fulbright Scholars for second straight year

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 1

Penn State has been ranked first in the nation in faculty Fulbright Scholar awards by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with 12 faculty members offered Fulbright awards for academic year 2023-24.

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