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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Without habitat management, small land parcels do not protect birds

Tue, 22 Jan 2019

Designating relatively small parcels of land as protected areas for wildlife with no habitat management — which has frequently been done in urban-suburban locales around the world — likely does not benefit declining songbird species, according to a team of researchers who studied a long-protected northeastern virgin forest plot.

Abington faculty reflects on inspirational journey in India

Mon, 21 Jan 2019

The Penn State Abington librarian expected to present his research at a conference and come home. He didn't know the trip would connect him to his childhood experiences in Vietnam.

Olympic medalist praises IST curriculum for preparing industry leaders

Tue, 15 Jan 2019

As far as 2005 alumnus Adam Wiercioch knows — and as far as Penn State’s records show — he currently stands as the only alumnus of the College of Information Sciences and Technology that lives in Poland. But that isn’t his only claim to fame. Wiercioch, who was a student-athlete at Penn State, also holds an Olympic silver medal in fencing.

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