About Penn Global

We are the University's go-to for all things global.

Our mission: bring the world to Penn and Penn to the world.

Penn Global provides strategic direction to the University of Pennsylvania on its global endeavors, with a focus on the efficient investment of university resources. Encompassing seven reporting offices, Penn Global leverages its broad and deep expertise to advise the University on its global activities and to collaborate with Penn’s schools, centers, communities and partners to deliver a comprehensive suite of global programming that generates positive impact around the world.

Our Strategic Framework

The Strategic Framework for Penn’s Global Initiatives aligns institutional priorities with constituent needs to pursue a coordinated, sustainable approach to global engagement, ensuring the University continues as a preeminent university in the U.S. and world in global engagement and academic diplomacy. The University's first global strategic framework was adopted in 2012 and subsequently updated in 2018 and 2023.

At the core of the five-year strategic framework are three pillars: 1) Ensure every Penn student has a meaningful global experience, 2) Produce research for global impact and 3) Advocate for global engagement, rebuilding and strengthening global networks.

Our Offices

Penn Global encompasses seven officesthe Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives (Global Initiatives), Penn Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Global Support Services (GSS), Perry World House, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and Penn Global Finance and Administration. Each office offers a range of expertise, services, and programming to advance the University's global mission. 

Our Team

Penn Global is led by a dynamic team dedicated to bringing the world to Penn and Penn to the world. We offer an array of services and technical expertise (e.g., immigration and integration, travel and risk management, and global program development, etc.) as well as subject matter, region- and country-specific knowledge in support of Penn's global campus, operations, and activities.