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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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Law professor presents at conference organized by Mexico Supreme Court

Thu, 21 Oct 2021

Jud Mathews, professor of law at Penn State Law in University Park, presented at an international conference this fall organized by the Center for Constitutional Studies, a research center created by Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice. Guest speakers and presenters included scholars from across Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Fulbright award recipient in College of Ag Sciences conducting research in Ghana

Wed, 20 Oct 2021

Kaitlin Fischer, a doctoral degree candidate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is supporting research designed to help women farmers in Ghana. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award and Africana Research Center grant.

Penn State-led team awarded $17M to study climate risk and adaptation strategies

Tue, 19 Oct 2021

A multi-institutional research team led by Penn State has been awarded a $17 million, five-year cooperative research agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science to understand how interconnected systems are exposed to natural hazards that create vulnerabilities and risks for society and how societies respond and adapt to these risks.

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