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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.


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New business model may help curb fashion’s fierce environmental impacts

Thu, 21 Sep 2023 1

A team of researchers led by the Penn State Smeal College of Business found that consumers are willing to pay more money for clothes they can customize and keep the items for longer. The findings, published in the Journal of Operations Management, suggest that clothing companies that adopt a mass customization model can remain profitable while decreasing the fashion industry’s environmental impacts.

Nittany AI Alliance supports and celebrates students using AI for good

Tue, 19 Sep 2023 1

Three student teams will continue their work using artificial intelligence to make a positive impact in the world with $25,000 awarded to them for a minimum viable product created during the 2023 Nittany AI Challenge. The students were recognized during the AI for Good Expo, an event hosted by the Nittany AI Alliance.

International workshop drives collaboration for US-Indian defense innovation

Mon, 18 Sep 2023 1

Penn State, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, hosted the first of a series of workshops on Aug. 29 focused on the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem Academia and Startup Programming Partnership. The initiative is designed to share best practices and foster defense innovation translation through academic collaboration and startups.

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