- Fall Admission: July 1
- Spring Admission: November 1
- Summer I Admission: April 1
- Summer II Admission: May 1
All application materials must be received in our office by the application deadline.
The following items must be submitted via the Online Application system.
- Application content (contact information, educational background, etc.)
- Application essays
- Non-refundable application fee (Pay online or make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania)
The following items must be sent directly to LPS from the originator of the documentation. In other words, these materials must be sent from the individual or organization responsible for authenticating the content (not from the student).
- Approval letter to participate from home univeristy
- Standardized test scores
- Official University transcripts
The following items must be sent directly to LPS from the student via postal mail.
- Passport documentation
- Financial certification
See below for details on all of the above required application components.
Online Application Components
You will need to enter information common to any type of application for academic studies. For example, you will need to provide your contact information, indicate which program of study you are interested in, and clarify if you have previously applied to our school. You will also need to confirm your educational background. List current institution first, followed by any other universities attended and high school, and estimated cumulative GPA for each institution.
Please respond to each of the following questions. Please upload them together in one document.
- Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity? If this does not apply, please write N/A as your response. If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.
- Describe your educational history and background, making sure to address both academic and non-academic experiences that are relevant to your participation in the International Guest Student Program. Please also be sure to note whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. (250 word maximum)
- Explain your goals for participating in the International Guest Student Program. Please address why you are interested in studying in the United States, and why you wish to study at Penn specifically, as well as some of the coursework you are interested in, and campus resources you plan to utilize. Be as specific as you can about how this program will support your current academic program and your future academic and professional goals. (400 word maximum).
The non-refundable application fee of $70.00 can be paid by credit card online when students submit the Application Form.
If a partner institution is paying the fee, the student should indicated that the fee will be sent by check. Checks must be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
Supporting Application Components
Unless otherwise noted, the below items should be sent directly to:
College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS)
Attention: LPS Admissions
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335 USA
Approval Letter to Participate and Transfer Credit
All students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree must have a letter from their Dean, Academic Advisor, or Program Director indicating approved permission to participate in this program and to transfer the credits earned at Penn to their home institution.
An original signed letter must be printed on official school stationary and sent directly from the home school to LPS.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation are not required.
You may submit up to three letters of recommendation as optional additional support for your application. These should be from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to enroll in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.
If you decide to submit letters of recommendation, you may ask your recommenders to complete their letters online or to submit hard copy letters of recommendation. To submit online recommendations, follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application. If your recommendations will not be submitted online, please complete the LPS “IGSP Letter of Recommendation Form,” give it to your references, and have them complete and attach the form to their letter.
Standardized Test Scores
Most international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (see: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/english_proficiency). Unless you obtained your undergraduate degree in the US, you must submit an official TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website.
Upon review of an applicant's file, the admissions committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.
Qualifying students without a TOEFL iBT score may submit other comparable test scores (computer- or paper-based TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge exams), but will be scheduled for a telephone proficiency interview with Penn staff.
You may choose to submit standardized test scores such as the SAT if you feel it may support your application, but these are not required.
Official transcripts from each College and/or University attended, with English translation and US equivalencies, must be sent directly from the home institution to LPS.
Additional material is required in some circumstances (must also include English translation and US equivalencies):
- High School Transcript: If you completed less than two years of liberal arts work at the college level (approximately 16 courses in literature, philosophy, history, sociology, science, mathematics, etc.), you must submit an official high school transcript.
- General Educational Development (GED): If you left high school without graduating, and you have completed less than two years of liberal arts work at the college level, you must submit an official score report from the test of General Educational Development (GED).
Students will need to provide support documentation to authenticate and confirm Passport details. A member of the LPS Admissions Team will contact you with details on specific materials due once you begin the Online Application process.
Financial Certification Documents
Students will need to provide support documentation to authenticate and confirm there are sufficient Financial Resources to support the planned program of study and estimated living expenses. A member of the LPS Admissions Team will contact you with details on specific materials due once you begin the Online Application process.