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 researchers explore what's next with COVID-19 in videos

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

How will COVID-19 end? Matthew Ferrari and Nita Bharti of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics explore this question in a new video produced in collaboration with WPSU. With volunteer assistance from Penn State faculty and staff from across the campuses, the video will be available with subtitles in 10 languages.

New podcast bridges the gap between academia and policymakers

Thu, 19 Mar 2020

A new podcast produced by the Social Science Research Institute brings together Penn State researchers and government partners to discuss greater policy issues.

Author Seamus McGraw to discuss climate change at Penn State Scranton

Mon, 02 Mar 2020

Local author Seamus McGraw will lead a conversation on how to discuss the hot-button issue of climate change in the middle of a cultural cold war at 6 p.m. March 31 at Penn State Scranton's Study Learning Center's Sherbine Lounge. Come prepared to listen, but also to talk.

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