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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News

Water-energy-food research event to explore US-Colombian partnership

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

As part of Penn State's ongoing support of research in the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, an online information session focused specifically on WEF nexus efforts in Colombia will be held on Aug. 6.

Webinar to introduce University community to new impact rankings

Mon, 20 Jul 2020

Penn State will host a webinar to celebrate and introduce the University community to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, on July 31. The University made its debut in the rankings in April, which assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Global COVID-19 impact on gender inequities in agriculture is focus of new blog

Mon, 20 Jul 2020

Reflecting on the challenges, but more importantly, the triumphs of women in agriculture in the era of COVID-19 was the impetus for the blog, “Gender, Food, Agriculture, and the Coronavirus,” created by gender scholars in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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