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Application Overview

International Guest application deadlines

You may apply to begin your studies during the fall or spring terms. (If you plan to study during the summer term, please apply to the Penn Global Summer Institute.) Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall 2016 admission
Application deadline: June 15, 2016

Spring 2017 admission
Application deadline: November 1, 2016

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Application materials checklist

Since all required supporting documents are submitted through the online application system, hardcopy material other than official transcripts or letters of recommendation will not be accepted.* Please urge your recommenders to submit their letters through the online system.

Applications must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

*Unsolicited material will not be used for review.

  • Completed online application
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Nonrefundable application fee

Institutional supporting materials

The following materials must be sent directly to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies office from the individual or organization responsible for authenticating the content (not from the student).

  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended, with English translation and US equivalencies, must be sent directly from the home institution. 

International Guest Student Program application essay 

Your application will include essays addressing three topics. Please compile your responses into a single document, but keep them as separate essays.

  • 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 nonacademic 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)

Letters of recommendation

Letters of Recommendations are not required for the program. However, you may submit up to three letters of recommendation to support 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 at the University of Pennsylvania. Recommendations may be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.

Standardized test score 

International applicants whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. Please note that the TOEFL is rarely waived; therefore, we encourage applicants to take the test to avoid delays in completing the application. 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. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted and the minimum score for consideration is a 7. You may upload a copy of your IELTS test to the standardized test score section of the application.

Upon review of an applicant's file, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.

Standardized test scores such as the SAT are not required for admission to the program. However, you may choose to submit them in support of your application. Request that your scores be forwarded to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, using ETS institutional code 2986.

Demonstrate English Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

See Penn's English proficiency requirements by country.

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Visas and Passports

Visa & Passport Requirements

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