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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Penn Staters create Turf Threat Tracker weather app to aid golf industry

Thu, 29 Jul 2021

Four meteorology professionals with ties to Penn State recently launched T3: Turf Threat Tracker, an app-based weather modeling tool designed for turf management experts created. Within the past few months, more than 100 golf courses have signed up for their free trial. Among their clients are about a dozen of the top 100 golf courses in the United States and Canada and four of the top 10.

Libraries' digital exhibit highlights Penn State participation at Olympics

Mon, 19 Jul 2021

Penn State’s involvement in the Olympics spans more than a century and includes athletes, coaches, administrators, judges and more. A new digital exhibit, now open for viewing, explores all the ways Penn Staters have participated in the Olympics.

Libraries' Mark Mattson receives 2021 APLU Malone International Leadership Award

Thu, 15 Jul 2021

Mark Mattson, head of global engagement initiatives and international partnerships for the University Libraries, has received one of two 2021 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Awards from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

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