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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.

Events

JUN09

Pre-Arrival Q&A Session for New Students

Join Nicole, Frances, and Margaret from Pre-Arrival Advising for a Q&A session designed to help incoming Penn State Students learn about immigration.  We will review topics

JUN28

Pre-Arrival Q&A Session for New Students

Join Nicole, Frances, and Margaret from Pre-Arrival Advising for a Q&A session designed to help incoming Penn State Students learn about immigration.  We will review topics

JUL14

Pre-Arrival Q&A for New Students

Join Nicole, Frances, and Margaret from Pre-Arrival Advising for a Q&A session designed to help incoming Penn State Students learn about immigration.  We will review topics

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News

Global Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Aguilera

Tue, 17 May 2022 1

Patricia Aguilera, assistant teaching professor in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg, never intended to leave her home country of Mexico to live, learn and work in the United States. “It was more of a coincidence,” she recalled. A decade later, she's helping fellow international students find their place at Penn State, just as she did. 

Kump elected to National Academy of Sciences

Wed, 11 May 2022 1

Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States and members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications recognized with Global Awards  

Thu, 05 May 2022 2

Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications, in collaboration with agency partner Decoded Advertising, recently received multiple international awards for the creative execution of the University’s latest brand advertising video, "The Power of Penn State (Power)."

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