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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.

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Announcement | Tax Assistance Program

The Tax Workshop for Indian Students, scheduled for March 15th from 6-8pm, has been cancelled. However, the workshop scheduled for March 28th will still be held as scheduled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Happening now! | 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  | Iranian Cultural Luncheon

Join us April 18th as Penn State Iranian Student Association brings us the food and cultural of Iran. This event is held at Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church from 12-1:30 pm.

Bring a healthy appetite and check out our Cultural Luncheons page to RSVP.

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Thank you! | Passport on a Plate: Home Edition

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the hosts, chefs, sponsors, and guests who made our 2018 Passport on a Plate: Home Edition Dinners possible! The dinners featured cuisine from Iran, Hong Kong, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Italy, Brazil, and Colombia, and raised over $7,000 for Global Connections’ programs and events.

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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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