Penn Summer Global Institute
An International Undergraduate Experience
Penn Summer Global Institute (PSGI) 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 PSGI 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.
- 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
PSGI 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
2014 PSGI Dates
Application deadline is May 15, 2014
Arrival: July 1
Orientation: July 2
First day of classes: July 3
Last day of classes: August 8
Departure: August 9
View the full 2014 Academic Calendar.
2014 PSGI Costs
The program fee of $10,500 is inclusive of tuition, dining and accommodations, and field trips. Students will be required to cover the costs of academic materials, travel, airport transfer, visa fees and other personal expenses. Students enrolled in the Penn Law track will be charged an additional $2,650 to cover the cost of additional tuition.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 through 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
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
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.
Need additional information about PSGI? Email our Senior Recruitment Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.