International Guest Student Program

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The International Guest Student Program (IGSP) at the University of Pennsylvania is the gateway for highly qualified international undergraduate students to pursue credit-bearing coursework at a top-ranked Ivy League teaching and research university.

Expand your opportunities and achieve your goals

The International Guest Student Program is designed to support your objectives, whether you are seeking to enhance your academic record, build your credentials for graduate study or refine your language and cross-cultural communication skills.

International Guest students have access to a broad range of Arts and Sciences courses, from undergraduate through introductory graduate level. Courses are offered 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.

As a student at Penn, you will enroll in a full-time program of study each term during the fall, spring and/or summer terms. You will work closely with skilled advisors to define your goals for participating in the program and to select appropriate courses based on your language proficiency, academic back­ground and interests. At the completion of the program, you will receive transcripts from the University of Pennsylvania and will be awarded credits that can be transferred to your home institution. International guest students are not eligible for admission to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies Bachelor of Arts program.

Campus and cultural resources to enrich your experience

You will have access to a rich range of university and community resources, including world-class libraries, computing facilities, academic and language support resources, and accommodations in campus resi­dence halls. You will participate in an orientation to the Penn campus and to the city of Philadelphia, including organized social and cultural activities. In classes and around campus, you will interact with a diverse student body of undergraduate and graduate students, providing numerous opportunities for cultural and language exchange. You will also have opportunities to visit other major cities, with a travel time of approximately two hours to New York City, three hours to Washington, D.C., and five hours to Boston.

We look forward to speaking with you as you explore the opportunities that await you at Penn.

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