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Celebrate cultural diversity, connect locally and globally!

Welcome to Global Connections, the heart of intercultural connections in Centre County and beyond. No matter where you are from, or what native language you speak, you are welcome here. Explore our website for resources to help internationals transition, integrate, and succeed, opportunities to share, experience, and immerse in diverse cultures, and the chance to connect with friends from all over the world.

Global Connections, cultivating interpersonal relationships and building bridges across cultures, one connection at a time.

News and Events

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Save the Date | Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop

Join us every Thursday from 2-4pm at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe to discuss cross- cultural differences and participate in thought-provoking group activities! Feel free to grab a coffee and a snack before immersing yourself in riveting discussion. This group is facilitated by Munire Bozdemir, an experienced teacher and storyteller. For more information, visit our Small Groups page.


If you would like to sign up, click here!

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Save the Date | Tax Assistance Program

Tax season is quickly approaching, and Global Connections is providing assistance- free of charge! International students and scholars are assisted by trained volunteers by appointment. These appointments are usually held every year from early March through mid-April. We also offer Tax Workshops for Chinese and Indian students. Please refer to our program page for more information on scheduling an appointment.


Save the Date  | Cultural Luncheons

Mark your calendar for our two upcoming cultural luncheons:

  • February 28th – Latin American Cuisine, Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church, 12 pm *Full
  • April 18th – Iranian Cuisine, Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church, 12 pm

Bring a healthy appetite! Check out our Cultural Luncheons page for further details.

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Save the Date | Passport on a Plate: Home Edition

Make your reservation to attend one (or more!) of our very popular Passport on a Plate: Home Edition dinners! Taking place over several weekends in January, February, and March, these dinners will whisk you to a far-away country with authentic dishes prepared by our international community members. Join in for an evening of food, fun, and friendship – all while supporting your favorite Global Connections programs and events! Head over to the Passport on a Plate: Home Edition page for more information.

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Tuesdays | Making Sense of the American Experience

Join our group leader Bob Persiko in thought-provoking weekly discussions to explore various social, economic, cultural and political issues of the American society.

Tuesdays, January 16 – March 20, 2018, noon – 1:00 pm *new time

All dates except 2/13 and 2/27 – Room 112, State College Municipal Building
2/13, and 2/27 – Room 242, State College Municipal Building

To sign up for this small discussion group and start to receive weekly notifications of the discussion topic, click here.


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