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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.



Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

ISSA will host a webinar session on Curricular Practical Training for F-1 students who plan to do an internship as part of their academic program. Register here:


Reduced Course Load (RCL)

ISSA will host webinar session on explaining how the international students may ask for the exceptions to full-time study by requesting a Reduced Course Load if the situation meets DHS requirements.


Prepare for Travel

ISSA will host a webinar session on travel and reentry requirements for current F-1 and J-1 international students. Join us to learn about the most up to date information for international travel. We

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Penn State alumnus Gen. Gary Brito promoted to TRADOC commanding general

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 1

U.S. Army Gen. Gary Brito, a graduate of Penn State and Army ROTC, was recently promoted to commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Brito graduated from Penn State in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in community studies and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1987. 

New book examines gender on legal response to domestic violence

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 1

Over the past 40 years, considerable progress has been made in lowering rates of domestic violence (DV) in our communities. However, this progress has been uneven due to continuing misconceptions about the causes and dynamics of domestic violence. "Gender and Domestic Violence: Contemporary Legal Practice and Intervention Reforms," a new book edited and authored by Brenda Russell, professor of psychology at Penn State Berks, and John Hamel, licensed clinical social worker, practitioner, researcher, and editor-in-chief of the journal Partner Abuse, presents empirical research findings and reform recommendations for prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, policymakers, and intervention providers with the aim of rectifying shortcomings in legal and law enforcement responses to domestic violence.

Penn State, KIST, KU sign partnership agreement

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 1

During the week of September 12, Penn State hosted a delegation from the Korea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST) and Korea University (KU). The delegation was led by the KIST’s President, Professor Seok-Jin Yoon, who along with Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi, signed a memorandum of understanding between the institutions. The partnership will focus on transparent and invisible electronics.

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