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Penn Summer Global Institute

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An International Undergraduate Experience

Penn Summer Global Institute is a comprehensive academic experience for top undergraduates from around the world with high English proficiency. As a pre-arranged package, undergraduates spend 6 weeks as visiting students, and experience everything Penn has to offer: earning Ivy League credits alongside other Penn students, living and dining on campus, and socializing with other Penn students from the U.S. and abroad. The Penn Summer Global Institute experience allows students to choose packaged courses that meet their academic path. Along with classes, students will benefit from Penn's range of exceptional resources, including academic advising, and get exposure to the cultural and social features of living on campus in Philadelphia. And while visiting, students can take advantage of Philadelphia's close proximity to other major cities on the east coast.

Penn Summer Global Institute Academic Experience

  • Two (2) undergraduate courses that earn students transferrable undergraduate credits
  • Courses taught by top faculty in small discussion-based classes, and special faculty lectures
  • Access to all campus resources and facilities, including computing network, libraries, learning resource center, tutoring center, and more
  • Insider tour of faculty labs and research facilities
  • Academic advising and support
  • Student orientation

Penn Summer Global Institute Social Opportunities

  • Access to Penn dining services
  • On-campus housing for up to 6 weeks
  • Weekday evening activities, including:
    • Special tour of the Penn Museum
    • Penn's campus architecture tour
    • City of Philadelphia walking tour
  • Weekend activities and bus trips to New York City, Washington DC, New Jersey Beaches, Philadelphia Art Museums, and other cultural sites
  • Opportunity to experience Philadelphia, one of the most historic cities in the U.S.
  • Convenient to other major cities nearby: Approximately 2 hours to New York City, 3 hours to Washington, D.C., and 5 hours to Boston


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2015 Dates

  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
  • Term Dates: July 1 - August 7, 2015


Costs for the 2015 program will be posted in spring 2015. The 2014 program fee was $10,500 and included tuition, dining and accommodations, and field trips.

Courses and Tracks

Choose an academic track to further your current course of study, and to explore new ideas. Students will choose a track upon admission to the program, and are welcome to make changes to courses upon arrival.

International Leadership
This track covers topics such as International Relations – the study of social scientific counter-terrorism and insurgency – and decision theory.
INTR 290: Topics in International Relations
PPE 110: Decision Theory

Global Health
This track covers biomedical ethics – including reasoning about ethical problems and dilemmas like abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, cloning, and animal testing – and comparative medicine, which focuses on health and healing in the colonial and post-colonial world.
PHIL 072: Biomedical Ethics
HSOC 145: Comparative Medicine

Formal Reasoning
This track covers topics such as decision theory – the nuts and bolts of how decisions are made, and Math, including algebra and calculus.
PPE 110: Decision Theory
MATH 104, MATH 114, or MATH 240

Behavioral Psychology
This track covers topics such as the study of the biological, psychological, and social influences that guide human sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and behavior.
BIBB 109: Intro to Brain and Behavior
PSYC 001 920: Experimental Psychology

This track covers how to write proposals for different audiences, to tailor persuasive strategies to expectations, and to revise efficiently and effectively and how news is made, shaped, and performed, alongside articles and broadcasts appearing in the media.
WRIT 150: Writing Broadcast News
COMM 339: Critical Perspectives in Journalism

American Political Society
This track covers the study of American democracy, how American politics have developed and operate, and focuses on the major theoretical concepts concerning law and society.
PSCI 110: Introduction to Comparative Politics
SOCI 135: Law and Society

Economic Globalization
This track covers the origins of trade, markets for trading, demand and supply curve, perfect completion and monopoly, and the economic and cultural issues in contemporary China.
ECON 001: Microeconomics
ANTH 144: Economy and Culture in Contemporary China

History of Art and Cinema
This track covers the art of the Western world from the Renaissance to the 20th century thcostsrough architecture, painting and the analysis of film as both a textual and cultural practice.
ARTH 102: Renaissance to Contemporary
COMM 240: Film Forms and Contexts

Comparative Cultural Analysis
This track covers the analysis of nationalism, political culture, democratization, authoritarianism and the study of the diversity of cultures in the world.
PSCI 110: Comparative Politics
ANTH 004: The Modern World and its Cultural Background

Penn Law
This track introduces students to all aspects of U.S. Law through both lecture and hands on visits to courtrooms, law offices, and historic legal sites. Program also provides insight into life at an elite American Law School. Included are trips to government and non-government legal institutions in Philadelphia and Washington DC. For complete information please visit the Penn Law summer page. Please note this program has an extra fee, please see tuition section.

SOCI 135-920: Law and Society

Application and Enrollment Requirements

The Penn Summer Global Institute welcomes applications from full-time undergraduate students from around the world. All applicants will be required to submit the following materials to complete their application:

  • Minimum TOEFL score: 100iBt / IETLS: 7
  • Visa: F-1 with accompanying I-20 to be issued by Penn Global

Upon admission students will be asked to select a course track based on the list above and will also receive visa instructions from Penn Global. All students will be invoiced for total amount due once admission is accepted. Complete payment will be required prior to the first day of the Penn Summer Global Institute.

Please see more details about admissions and visa information.

Contact Us

Need additional information about Penn Summer Global Institute? Email our Senior Recruitment Specialist at with any questions.