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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

ISSA 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.



Pre-Arrival Advising Q & A Session

Join Margaret, Nicole, and Frances for an informal discussion about iStart, I-901 fee, DS-160 visa application, and other resources that you and your family might need to help support your F-1 and J-1

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Penn State 4th in US, 51st globally in 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 1

Penn State ranks No. 4 in the United States and No. 51 overall among the top international institutions assessed by the 2024 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. These rankings aim to assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all U.N. member states that look to improve life for all people and protect the planet.

Penn State Cacao and Chocolate Research Network host Agroforest Workshop

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 1

The Penn State Cacao and Chocolate Research Network successfully conducted an intersectional collaborative workshop focused on sustainable agroforestry systems with an emphasis on cacao and coffee production.

Scientific diaspora symposium highlights US-Colombia collaboration

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 1

The Colombian Scientific Diaspora Symposium, organized by the Colombian Graduate Student Community Association at Penn State, took place on May 5 and 6 at University Park. The event aimed to connect Colombian diaspora scientists in the United States and other international researchers interested in working in Colombia. The symposium agenda was designed to promote networking, to exchange experiences and initiate future collaborations.

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