Welcome to the Penn State School of International Affairs

More than ever before, our world needs effective leaders who understand the international dynamics that influence business, health, development, and security. Global commerce, travel, and electronic connections have made the world smaller, while political, cultural, and economic tensions continue to threaten stability. 

At the Penn State School of International Affairs, we will prepare you for this interconnected world through a flexible curriculum that allows you to customize your educational experience with interdisciplinary studies across the University. Through in-class and hands-on experiential learning, you will discover your niche in this wide-ranging field and be able to fine-tune your education to accomplish your own personal goals. 

Our faculty of accomplished scholars and experienced diplomats will guide you through in-depth analyses of global issues while you draw on the vast resources of one of the world’s most distinguished research institutions. Penn State’s University Park campus is a global city in and of itself, with about 46,000 students, of which about 7,500 are from countries other than the United States. And when you leave Penn State, you instantly join a powerful, worldwide network of more than 658,000 alumni.

At the Penn State School of International Affairs, we are creating the next generation of global citizens -- professionals and scholars with international competency -- who will help make tomorrow’s world more prosperous, stable, and peaceful. We invite you to join us on this journey and explore all that the Penn State School of International Affairs has to offer.



James W. Houck
Vice Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Interim Dean

Scott Sigmund Gartner, Ph.D.