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 Freiburg to deepen ties at Virtual Materials Day

Fri, 23 Oct 2020

Penn State and the University of Freiburg will showcase their close collaboration in the field of living materials during the upcoming Materials Day on Nov. 10-11, an annual event organized by the Materials Research Institute to highlight materials-related interdisciplinary science and engineering research at Penn State.

App developed by Penn State students is central to literacy boot camp in Kenya

Wed, 21 Oct 2020

Nyansapo, an app developed by Penn State students, uses artificial intelligence to assist children in learning literacy skills. The app was launched in August during a 10-day boot camp in Kenya where reported results showed participants increased their level of literacy. Nyansapo was developed during the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge.

Global Alumni Profile: Uzair Qadeer

Mon, 12 Oct 2020

For Penn State alumnus Uzair Qadeer, there was never really any question of whether he would lead a global life. From his childhood in Pakistan, to his immigration to America, to his time at Penn State and through his career, Qadeer’s life has always put him in highly global contexts.

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