Admissions for Penn Summer Global Institute

Application Deadline

  • May 1, 2016

All application materials must be received in our office by the application deadline.

Application Procedures

The following items must be submitted via the Online Application system.

  • Application content (contact information, educational background, etc.)
  • Application essays
  • Application fee 

In the application system, make sure to select "Penn Summer Global Institute" from the "Program" selection drop-down menu.  Then select "not applicable" as your concentration.

The following items must be sent directly to Penn Summer (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).

  • Letter of recommendation 
  • Standardized test scores
  • Official transcripts

See below for details on all of the above required application components.

The University of Pennsylvania will review your application once all supporting materials have been received.

You will be notified of your admissions decision 1-2 weeks after all application materials are received. Click button to begin, you must fill our all required sections as well as the Guest Student supplemental section:

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Online Application Components 

Application Content

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.

Application Essays

Please respond to each of the two Application Essay questions.

Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee of $50.00 can be paid by credit card online when students submit the Application Form.  

If a partner institution is paying the fee, the student should indicate 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
Program: Summer Session
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335 USA

Letter of Recommendation

One Letter of Recommendation is 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 Penn Summer. 

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. Please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.

Standardized Test Scores

International applicants, whose primary language of instruction is not English, must submit TOEFL scores. Use ETS institutional code 2986 when requesting test scores.

Qualifying students without a TOEFL iBT score may submit other comparable test scores (computer- or paper-based TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge exams).

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

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.