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

Drawdown Scholars returning to Penn State for international conference

Fri, 13 Sep 2019

Undergraduate students from across the country are returning to Penn State next week for the first international conference on the science of drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline. The students, participants in this past summer’s Penn State Drawdown Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, will present results from their summer research projects from Sept. 16-18.

Penn State Berks welcomes international students

Thu, 12 Sep 2019

This fall, Penn State Berks welcomed 110 international students to the campus community. Of that number, 40 are new students. To help these students succeed, the college has implemented a variety of programs and events.

Grant recipients work to improve reconstructive ACL surgeries

Wed, 11 Sep 2019

Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Aman Dhawan, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and associate professor with the Penn State College of Medicine, have been awarded one of two annual Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine.

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