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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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2016 Dates

  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2016
  • Term Dates: June 30 - August 5, 2016


2016 total program cost: $10,860

The total program cost breaks down as follows:

Tuition and fees: $8,130
Program fee: $2,730

Program fee includes:

  • 2 courses in the School of Arts and Sciences
  • Housing for the length of the program (shared bedroom)
  • Student meal plan
  • Half day student orientation on June 29, 2016
  • Weekly extracurricular activities
  • Access to academic advisor once admitted
  • fitness center membership
  • clinical fee for access to Student Health Services

2016 total program cost with one Wharton course: $12,500
2016 total program cost with one Engineering course: $11,184

Student Handbook

Download: A Handbook for International Students

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:

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Online Application
  • Undergraduate Transcript(s)
  • Application Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Minimum TOEFL score: 100iBt / IETLS: 7
  • Visa: F-1 with accompanying I-20 to be issued by Penn Global

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.