About GSS

Providing Support to Penn in the World.


Franklin Building
3451 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Contact GSS

Do you have questions or concerns about your upcoming travel? If you need help planning an upcoming international initiative, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us via email at dofglobalsupport@pobox.upenn.edu, and we’ll be ready to advise you with clarity and confidence. If you’re looking for a specific GSS team member’s contact info, visit Meet the GSS Team page.

Impact Report

Read our FY 20 Impact Report to learn more.  

Our Mission Statement

GSS collaborates with the Penn Community to navigate the complexities of international initiatives. We share knowledge, streamline processes, and provide solutions that adapt to changing global landscapes.

Who We Are

Global Support Services (GSS) supports the administrative and business functions of the University’s international activities. GSS works closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives to advise and support central organizations, schools and centers on new and ongoing international activities. GSS also coordinates with other departments that support global operations which include the Office of Risk Management & Insurance, Comptroller’s office, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Audit and Compliance, Public Safety, Treasurer, ISC, Business Services and FRES.

Working Groups

As part of our commitment to support the University’s international activities and facilitate collaboration, we coordinate and lead several working groups that address global operational needs and concerns.