Admissions

Global Programs is not involved in the academic portion of the admissions process.  Here is some information regarding admission...

Students may be admitted as undergraduates, graduate students, or professional students.  After an admission offer has been made, DISSA contacts the student to gather materials required for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 or J-1 visa, (Forms I-20 or DS-2019).  Requested materials may include biographical information, financial guarantee, or documentation of current visa status.

For complete Admissions information, visit Penn State Admissions.

EA International Exchange Students

EA International Exchange Students

International students who are interested in applying to the exchange program with Penn State must be nominated by their home university.  Please contact the international office at your home institution to see whether an exchange at Penn State is available.

At Penn State, the international student exchange process is managed by two offices: the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) and the Directorate of Education Abroad (EA), both located within Global Programs. The student can expect to be in communication with staff from both offices regarding the application process.

DISSA is responsible for items pertaining to the students’ immigration documents including the DS-2019, visa-related questions and pre-arrival information.  DISSA can be reached at (814) 865-6348 or DISSA-Adviser@psu.edu.

EA is responsible for academic matters such as course scheduling, setting academic advising, providing the students’ academic transcript for their time at Penn State, and providing information about the exchange agreement.  EA can be reached at (814) 865-7681 or educationabroad@psu.edu.

Both offices are located on the 4th floor of Boucke Building, University Park, PA  16802.

Important Dates for Potential Education Abroad International Exchanges

  Coming Fall Semester Coming Spring Semester
Nominations by Partner Institutions November July
Nomination Roster Due December 1 September 1
Application Cycle Begins January 1 September 1
Application Deadline March 15 October 15
Decision/Confirmation Date June 1 December 1


Most students who attend Penn State on an exchange do so as a non-degree, undergraduate student. There are a few exceptions and those are set forth by the exchange agreement with the partner institution.

Most exchange programs take place at Penn State’s University Park campus.  However, exchanges are available at several of Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses as well.
Information about commonwealth campuses can be found by using the hyperlinks below:

For non-University Park exchanges, your exchange coordinator must work with staff at the Commonwealth Campus regarding the nomination and application process.