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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

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.



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


Pre-Arrival Advising Question & Answer Session

This is a general information session for any incoming international Penn State student. Register in iStart under menu option: a. New Student Forms.  Here are some of the topics we will rev


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

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Smeal's Farrell Center donates books to promote entrepreneurship in Botswana

Thu, 02 Feb 2023 2

Faculty from the Penn State Smeal College of Business and the Bellisario College of Communications collaborated to curate a collection of entrepreneurial books to donate to the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

Penn State celebrates 25 years of online learning

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 1

Penn State World Campus has solidified its place in the fabric of the University and has helped students find success thanks to its flexible way to learn.

Penn State Law welcomes Kazakhstan delegation to University Park

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 1

Kazakhstan Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek, along with a delegation, visited Penn State Law in University Park on a recent tour looking at select law schools in the United States, including Stanford and Harvard.

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