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IGSP FAQ

 


Admissions and Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply to this program?

Full-time students enrolled in accredited universities outside the U.S. who have completed their first year of university studies. Students must have the equivalent of a 3.3 grade point average (on a scale of 0.0-4.0) or higher in prior college level work. Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English (TOEFL iBT score of at least 100).

Do I need permission from my home university to apply?

Yes, you must include a letter from your university giving you permission to study in the IGSP as part of your application.

What are the admission requirements?

Students must have their dean's written permission to participate in this program and to transfer the credits earned at Penn to their home institution.
Official transcripts of all academic work taken at the college level should also be submitted. Students must have the equivalent of at least a 3.3 grade point average (on a scale of 0.0-4.0) in prior college level work. Students must have a minimum official TOEFL score of 100 (iBT).

 


 

Application

What are the procedures and processes involved in applying to the program?

The Application page lists details on how to use the online Application system, as well as what documents and information you should organize and prepare in advance of starting your application.

What if I do not have an official TOEFL iBT score?

Students who do not have TOEFL iBT scores will be required to participate in a telephone interview to assess speaking skills.  This will be arranged shortly after your application is considered.

 


 

Contact Us

Who do I contact for help or more details?

If you have additional questions related to the IGSP program or application, please send an email to igsp-info@sas.upenn.edu or call 215.898.8681.

 


 

Curriculum

How many courses will I take?

IGSP students must maintain full-time student status to meet F-1 visa requirements. Full-time student status requires a minimum of 4.0 course units (CUs) during each semester of study (Fall, Spring, and/or Summer).  Typically IGSP students do not carry more than 4.0 CUs during a given semester to ensure strong performance in all course work. However, it is possible for special permission to be approved to carry up to a maximum of 5.5 CUs during a semester after strong performance has been proven through one full semester at the standard 4.0 CU level.

What are my options for length of time for my IGSP studies?

Students may study from six weeks up to twelve months.  For detailed descriptions of curriculum options, please visit our Curriculum page.

What type of curriculum and credit-bearing course options do I have?

There are many variables involved in determining the ideal mix of courses to pursue while participating in the IGSP program, so students work closely with Academic Advisors each semester to design and refine programs of study to meet specific needs and interests.  IGSP students should also consult with their Academic Advisors in their home country universities to guarantee that courses taken will transfer to satisfy requirements as anticipated.

For detailed descriptions of curriculum options that determine tuition costs, as well as sample scenarios of possible costs of tuition based on curriculum choices, please visit our Curriculum and Tuition and Fees pages.

While the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at Penn (LPS) will serve as the “home division,” IGSP student also have access to a broad range of courses from the undergraduate through the introductory graduate level in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). 

Between LPS and CAS, courses are offered in more than 50 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs, by 26 academic departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs in the humanities (languages, literature, history, philosophy), social sciences (political science, international relations, economics), natural sci­ences (biology, psychology, chemistry, physics), and mathematics. Courses are offered during the day and evening, so you can create the schedule that works best for you.

What courses will I be able to take?

IGSP students may take day or evening courses in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at Penn (LPS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Many students take a combination of both. Enrollment scenarios and associated tuition and fee costs can vary substantially depending upon the mix of academic courses chosen in a given semester. Additionally, tuition and fees for Summer courses differ from those in Fall and Spring semesters. 

For detailed descriptions of curriculum options that determine tuition costs, as well as sample scenarios of possible costs of tuition based on curriculum choices, please visit our Curriculum and Tuition and Fees pages.

The University's Course Register provides course descriptions for many courses offered at Penn, both day and evening.

Academic Department web pages often include course descriptions as well.

In addition, the Course Timetable appears in March and October.

LPS offers evening courses in most areas of the arts and sciences. A complete listing of evening courses with times and descriptions is published in the LPS Course Guide.

What courses can I take at Penn outside the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)?

It should be expected that IGSP students will take only LPS and CAS courses during their program of study at Penn. There are limited possible exceptions that are allowed given specific circumstances and conditions.

Since IGSP students are accepted as LPS students, all courses taken during the first semester of study are restricted to be within LPS or CAS (no exceptions to this rule).

Following a strong academic performance during the first semester of study, LPS will allow IGSP students limited enrollment in courses at other schools in Penn if the student seeks out appropriate options and is able to gain approval by the school(s) offering those courses.

Registration rules and permit requirements are at the sole discretion of, and governed by, the schools offering those courses (e.g. Engineering, Wharton, Nursing, etc.). Some schools permit enrollment on a space-available basis to students meeting their criteria, while others do not. Additionally, each school at Penn has specific eligibility requirements, application and admissions procedures, and admissions committee decisions. These criteria would need to be addressed and met in order for permission to be granted to access courses offered from the school of interest.
 

 


 

Health Insurance and Immunization

Do I need Health Insurance? 

Yes, all students must have health insurance while they are attending the University of Pennsylvania. For details, please visit Health Insurance and Immunization.

What are the Immunization requirements?

The University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming students to be immunized against certain diseases and to submit this information. For details, please visit Health Insurance and Immunization.

Housing

What are my housing options?
IGSP students have a wide variety of housing options.  On campus “dormitory” style housing is possible, but it is common for students to choose nearby apartments or homestay (living with a US family). 

Additional details on housing (including short term options such as hotels) are available on the IGSP Housing page.

 


 

Tuition and Fees

What will my tuition be while studying in the IGSP program?

There are many variables involved in determining the ideal mix of academic programming and associated tuition and fees for each individual student, so there is no “standard cost” for studying in the IGSP Program. For detailed descriptions of curriculum options that determine tuition costs, as well as sample scenarios of possible costs of tuition based on curriculum choices, please visit our Curriculum and Tuition and Fees pages.

How will I be charged and pay for tuition and fees while enrolled?

All billing, payment, and financial statements, receipts are completed electronically online.  Students can provide their parents access to Penn Pay for payment and receipt purposes.

Students being sponsored by a company, corporation, government agency, etc., should visit the Third Party Payment for details on special billing arrangements to cover tuition and other fees for students that they sponsor. SFS must have a letter of authorization on file.

For more information on the timing of billing and paying for tuition, please visit the Billing Schedule page.

 


 

Visa Information

Do I need a visa to study in the International Guest Student Program?

Yes. Most IGSP students come on an F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange student) visa. Penn issues the Form I-20 (for the F-1 visa) or the Form DS2019 (for the J-1 visa) to eligible students. When you are admitted to the IGSP, we will send you information about how to request your Form I-20 or DS2019 from Penn.

 


 


Contact Us

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Telephone: 215.898.7326
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