Penn Summer Abroad programs are available to undergraduate students at Penn or another accredited US institution. To take part in a Penn Summer Abroad program , all students, including Penn and visiting students, must complete an online application and maintain a strong academic standing.
For specific online application information, deadlines and details about prerequisites and other qualifying criteria, please refer to the specific location you are interested in:
- The Alps
- Athens, Greece
- Berlin, Germany and Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Cannes, France
- Grahamstown, South Africa
- Havana, Cuba
- London, England
- Madrid, Spain
- Tours, France
- Venice, Italy
- Early admissions deadline: January 13, 2017
- Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity.
- Application essays: There are four essay questions that ask you to address your interest in the Penn Summer Abroad program regarding your goals and aspirations, experiences traveling abroad, any relevant coursework as well as the academic and personal growth you hope to experience. The application will also provide you the necessary details on how to submit your answers.
- Letter of recommendation: You will be asked to submit a letter in support of your application that should come from a faculty member or a graduate TA who has recently taught you. To submit an online recommendation, please follow the instructions on the application. T o submit e-mail recommendations, please print a copy of the Official Recommendation Form (PDF) and provide it to the faculty member or TA who is recommending you.
- Application to more than one program: If you wish to be considered for more than one Penn Summer Abroad program, you need to submit a separate, completed application for each program.
- Applications completed by the Early Admissions Deadline will receive a decision in February.
- Decisions for applications completed after the Early Admissions Deadline will be processed on a rolling basis and will be posted to the online application account approximately three weeks following the submission date of the completed application.
- Decisions letters are also mailed to the current address entered on the application. Admitted students must complete the Intent to Enroll form to accept or decline their offer of admission within the timeframe identified in the letter. The Intent to Enroll form is only available from a link in the admission letter.
About the application log-in
If you previously used the LPS application to apply to a different program, you will need to create a new account to apply for Penn Summer Abroad 2017.
Policies for Penn students
To qualify to study abroad, you need to be in good academic standing. In addition, your disciplinary status may affect your eligibility to study abroad. You may not be eligible, if you currently stand charged or are charged prior to the beginning your study abroad semester with a violation of a University regulation under Penn’s Code of Student Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity. Or, if there is a pending, current, or outstanding disciplinary matter (academic integrity or conduct). When the charge results in a warning or reprimand, you may be eligible to study abroad, pending a review of the situation. When the charge results in probation, suspension-not-imposed, or any sanction as serious as or more serious than probation, you are not eligible to study abroad during the period of the sanction.
If you have received a sanction of probation or a suspension-not-imposed, you may be eligible to study abroad during a future semester, after the expiration date of the sanction. However, you must provide confirmation from the Office of Student Conduct that the terms and conditions of your sanction have been met before receiving approval to study abroad. If there are new charges during the period of the sanction, your approval to study abroad may be rescinded.
While you are studying abroad, you are required to observe the laws of the host country and all academic and disciplinary regulations in effect at the host institution. Further, while abroad, you remain concurrently enrolled as a degree candidate at Penn and, consequently, continue to be subject to Penn’s Code of Student Conduct and Code of Academic Integrity.
Policies for visiting undergraduates
During the period of the program, visiting students are considered Penn students in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). You are advised to become familiar with Penn policies as they do apply to you during this period. The main source for these policies is the Pennbook.
After submitting your Statement of Committal, you will receive a letter from the Registrar's office within 10-15 days with instructions and the setup code for your PennKey. A PennKey is your personal username required to access protected electronic resources at Penn including your student account, Blackboard courseware, grades, library resources and Penn email account. You are required to set up your PennKey in order to fully participate in the summer abroad program.
Once you have a PennKey, enter your contact information, particularly an email address, in the Penn Directory so that you will receive all necessary communications. You may view your student account by logging in to PennInTouch.
For more information about setting up your account visit New Student Checklist.