Join us, develop personal connections and build bridges across cultures!

We offer a variety of events throughout the year, including Cultural Luncheons, our Found In Translation poetry readings, an International Children’s Festival, Women’s International Night, and International Women’s Day.

During Penn State University’s International Student Orientation, Global Connections offers walking tours of the Downtown State College area, which introduces these new students to people outside of the Penn State community and helps them to become acquainted with the State College area.

All of our programs and events create further opportunity for intercultural exchange and understanding, and help build more bridges between the ever-increasing international community and the local community, as well as between the university and local community.

Please join us in fostering understanding and peace in our community and in our world!

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in our events is considered “at your own risk.” All participants must use due care to ensure personal safety. Learn more.


With the help of internationals several times during the school year, Global Connections offers a Cultural Luncheon and presentation to the local community, affording internationals the opportunity to share their cuisine and locals to learn more about their international neighbors. The program hosts an average of 100-120 people at each luncheon.


The Found in Translation: World Poetry Read by World People event brings community people, faculty, students, and scholars from over 15 different countries together to share poetry & writings from their home countries.


Our International Children’s Festival, held each year in the spring, gives many internationals the opportunity to share their culture with our local community.  During this fun event, local children and their families have the opportunity to experience culturally focused performances, music, games, and crafts of many world cultures.


This annual event honors inspirational women and a local community organization with the Spirit of Internationalization Award.  Global Connections believes it is incredibly important to celebrate the women of our community and their amazing contributions to the advancement of women locally, nationally, and internationally.


Women’s International Night is a fun evening that brings community women together to enjoy international food and drinks, henna hand painting (mehendi), chair massages, hands-on international crafts, live cultural performances, a silent auction, and more!

Financial support from individual donors like you enables Global Connections to provide these interesting cultural events
– and more!

Thanks in advance.
We appreciate your help!