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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International Education Week Celebrates Benefits of International Education

Sun, 17 Nov 2019

International Education Week at Penn State begins Monday, Nov. 18 and runs through Friday, Nov. 22. This joint initiative of the State Department and the Department of Education provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and how it prepares students for success in the world.

Penn State lauded for leadership in global learning, research and engagement

Thu, 14 Nov 2019

Penn State has been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities with the 2019 APLU Gold Level Award in Leadership and Pervasiveness. Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones accepted the award at the APLU annual meeting in San Diego on Nov. 10.

Penn State Health St. Joseph midwife completes medical mission to Bahamas

Wed, 13 Nov 2019

Alexandra Black, a certified nurse midwife at Penn State Health St. Joseph, tended to the basic medical needs of people left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian during an International Medical Relief mission trip to the Bahamas.

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