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Curriculum

As an International Guest student, you will enroll in a full-time program of study each semester you are enrolled at Penn. You will work closely with an academic advisor each semester to select the courses that will help you accomplish your academic goals.

Areas of study

As a student in the International Guest Student Program, you will have access to a broad range of undergraduate courses (up to the 599 level) in the School of Arts and Sciences. Each semester, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies offers courses from more than 50 academic departments. In addition, students are eligible for courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.  For courses, please see the department websites listed below.

Course load

International Guest students must maintain full-time student status to meet visa requirements. Full-time student status requires a minimum of 4.0 course units* (c.u.) during each semester of study (fall, spring and/or summer). Typically International Guest students do not carry more than 4.0 course units during a given semester to ensure strong performance in all coursework. However, it is possible for special permission to be approved to carry up to a maximum of 5.5 course units during a semester after strong performance has been proven through one full semester at the standard level.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). Generally, a 1 c.u. course at Penn is equivalent to a three or four semester hour course elsewhere. In general, the average course offered at Penn is listed as being worth 1 c.u.; courses that include a lecture and a lab are often worth 1.5 c.u.

Everything You Need to Know

Program Resources

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Admissions and Eligibility

Learn more about applicant qualifications for the International Guest Student Program.

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International Students Program Options

International Students

Penn welcomes students to join the largest international student community in the Ivy League.

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