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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Lian receives ENGINE grant for stem-cell-based diabetes therapy

Thu, 21 Mar 2019

Xiaojun "Lance" Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was one of three recipients of the College of Engineering's ENGineering for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant for "Small Molecule-Based Definitive Endoderm Kit and Pancreatic Progenitor Kit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy." The project focuses on differentiating stem cells into pancreatic beta cells to be used for therapies to treat Type 1 diabetes.

Pi/Pie fundraiser to help send medical students to Panama

Wed, 20 Mar 2019

First-year medical students from Penn State College of Medicine led a Pi Day fundraiser on March 14 in which professors and lecturers agreed to be hit in the face with a pie if they received the most monetary votes. The fundraiser will help the students travel to Panama in April to provide medical care and health education.

Penn State students encourage, learn from youngsters in Ugandan orphanage

Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Students from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College had their perspectives changed during a service trip to an orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda this winter.

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