International Students

International Student Information

Penn State is excited to welcome students from across the globe into our community, even if current circumstances prevent residential study. Penn State is committed to meeting students where they are and providing a range of flexible instructional modes, no matter if they are learning on campus or remotely from anywhere across the globe. International students who are unable to travel to a Penn State campus as a result of travel restrictions, delays in visa processing, or other circumstances related to COVID-19 are able to use asynchronous remote learning options from time zones outside the United States.

Regardless of the method of instruction, students are able to advance toward a Penn State degree and learn from the same faculty members no matter if they are in-person or remote while continuing to build relationships with their peers and be a part of the Penn State community. International students with academic-related questions or needs are encouraged to talk to their academic adviser and explore the variety of resources available on the University’s Keep Learning website. For those international students currently studying in residence at a Penn State campus, the University strongly recommends that they remain in the United States at this time, as global travel rules can change rapidly and re-entry into the United States is not guaranteed.

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International Flags flying at Penn State University

“You are warmly welcome at Penn State, and your talents, knowledge and diverse perspectives help make Penn State a truly special place. We are excited to have you as members of our Penn State family and look forward to helping you cultivate your passions and achieve your academic goals, especially during these challenging times. We are always here to support you and we are committed to meeting your needs, so that you can succeed in your studies and be truly prepared for an exciting and invigorating future.”

— Roger Brindley, vice provost for Global Programs

International students with questions or who need support can contact Global Programs by visiting “iStart” and completing the “submit a question” link or by calling the Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising (DISSA) at 814-865-6348 (option No. 2) and leaving your name, email and phone number. Current students also can make an online appointment through Starfish at the following links:

University Park students
All other Penn State campuses

DISSA has created service pages for campuses across the commonwealth that can be accessed by searching from your Success Network in Starfish. When searching for DISSA, be sure to select the campus you currently attend.

Additional COVID-19-related information specifically for international students is available on the Penn State Global Programs Response and Resources site and general guidance for international students is available on the Penn State Global Programs website.

International Student Travel

For those international students currently studying in residence at a Penn State campus, the University strongly recommends that they remain in the United States at this time, as global travel rules can change rapidly and re-entry into the United States is not guaranteed.

For international students planning to travel outside of the U.S., a travel signature is required to return. International students should complete the “Travel Plans and Signature” signature request online in iStart. An international student adviser will review your request along with your travel plans and contact you if there is a need to review your plans. You may also call 814-865-6348 (option No. 2) for assistance.

By order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and effective Jan. 26, 2021, all air passengers arriving in the United States will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. International students traveling to the United States should visit the Penn State Global Programs Response and Resources site for the latest information.

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