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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Addressing climate change, promoting sustainability through design

Tue, 26 May 2020

After nearly 18 months of planning, several production hurdles and a worldwide pandemic that shut down international travel, not to mention all of Italy, architect and 2007 Penn State alumna Gillean Denny and a group of students, faculty and research assistants in the Stuckeman School are celebrating the virtual unveiling of a “Living Chapel” they designed to promote environmental consciousness as part of Global Catholic Climate Movement activities in Rome from May 16-24 and United Nations World Environment Day on June 5.

Geographers bring expertise on geospatial data, modeling to COVID-19 research

Fri, 22 May 2020

Penn State geographers are taking part in a variety of projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rock Ethics Institute launches 'Ethics Now' webcast

Wed, 20 May 2020

Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute is launching a regularly scheduled webcast called "Ethics Now." Using videoconferencing technology, the REI is striving for a broadcast-quality production about ethical considerations around topics in the news cycle.

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