Welcome to Global Programs
The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) provides support and oversight for all of Penn State's international engagements. Our office oversees education abroad programs; hosts international students, scholars, and international visitors; and provides support for the University's international partnerships and collaborations around the world.
The UOGP mission is to vigorously support the actualization of Penn State's vision of global leadership in scholarship and international engagement. UOGP supports and encourages all members of the Penn State community to pursue global perspectives in their work, studies, and activities. Therefore, we offer a comprehensive range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for University faculty, staff, and students alike.
A major growth area for UOGP is the creation of the Global Engagement Network (GEN). The goal of the GEN initiative is to expand and diversify Penn State's international partnerships. It will involve a network of partnering institutions around the world. Each GEN will be designed to tackle some of the critical global challenges of our time such as poverty, food resources, or energy sustainability, to name a few. Keeping the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service in mind, GENs will include a combination of the following: student, faculty, and staff exchanges, international research collaborations, service learning, and community service opportunities. Through this new approach to international engagements, Penn State will have the potential to propel itself to a position of global leadership-one of the goals articulated in the University's strategic plan.
To fulfill this goal, UOGP is structured into four interwoven directorates. The Directorate of Education Abroad (DEA) provides counsel to students interested in studying abroad, creates new programs, and evaluates the success of current ones. DEA currently offers a diverse array of international academic opportunities, and more than 2,300 students participate annually in various programs around the world. The Directorate of International Student Advising (DISA) handles all aspects of legal immigration and regulatory matters ensuring compliance with federal regulations mandated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Directorate of Global Relations and Promotion (DGRP) plays a key role as the public relations arm of UOGP with responsibilities that include programming and outreach activities; promotion; publications; hosting international visitors; administering the sponsored student program; expanding international alumni networks; and cultivating internal and external partnerships. The Directorate of General Administration and Planning (DGAP) oversees the development of strategic initiatives, human resources management, technology, and compliance with University policies.
Please feel welcome to visit our office in 410 Boucke Building and explore ways that we can work with you to help you achieve your goals.