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A Closer Look at Penn State

Posted on December 6th, 2011 by Jenny Frankel

Penn State University is an obvious draw for international students interested in studying in Pennsylvania. Penn State offers undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs to international students, as well as intensive English language programs to ensure international students who study in Pennsylvania at Penn State are adequately prepared to be successful in any one of the rigorous academic and research programs offered at this top tier university (currently ranked among the top 15 public institutions in the United States), as well as wherever else their blossoming academic careers may lead them.

With over 44,000 students walking its 24 campuses, Penn State is likely one of the largest American universities an international student could be considering attending. That said, international students who choose to study in Pennsylvania at Penn State could eventually find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of students, as well as the intimidating size of its campuses. In such circumstances, despite enjoying a world class education in one of the most beautiful and historically rich states in the country, students studying abroad sometimes express the experience of feeling ‘lost in the system’ or that they are ‘just a number’ (in addition to the normal sensations of stress and fear that often accompany individuals starting a new chapter of their life in a foreign land and culture). Therefore, international students interested in studying in Pennsylvania, especially those who intend to study in Pennsylvania at Penn State, should make every effort to learn the forms of personal assistance made especially available to them (by the university itself) in order to guarantee they successfully navigate the beginning months of their travel abroad experience.


Written by Jenny Frankel

Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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