Penn State School of International Affairs

Mitchell Smith named director of School of International Affairs

“I'm excited to get started on this endeavor, helping to lead the School of International Affairs toward a bright future,” Smith said.

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Flexibility at its finest.

Penn State School of International Affairs (SIA) gives you the power and flexibility to customize your program options. This will allow you to focus on what's most important to you and your career.

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SIA student Jordan Grandy spoke as part of the Indonesian delegation at the USAWC simulation.

Learn by doing

Engage in role-playing simulations, briefings, negotiations, mock trials, drafting project proposals, and more.   

At SIA you will gain expertise in contemporary global issues while learning the fundamentals of international relations that will shape the world for decades to come.

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Grow your network

Internationally recognized scholars and seasoned former officials comprise our faculty of engaging and passionate educators.

Their connections become your connections.

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Tiara Barnes

“What I liked most is that SIA provided me with core international affairs courses in the first year, and then in the second year I was able to create my own concentration and take classes best suited for my professional aspirations.”

Tiara Barnes, Class of 2017, Communications Specialist, USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning

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