FAQ

For Current Penn Students

  1. What courses do I have access to as a current Penn student? Are there restrictions on any of the courses offered?
  2. Are there any online courses offered during the Summer Session? If so, may I register for those courses?
  3. Are internships and/or job opportunities available during the Summer Session?
  4. Am I eligible for financial aid?
  5. Is advisement available during the Summer Session?

For Visiting Students

  1. Should I apply as a Visiting Summer Session student if I plan to take courses at Penn beyond the Summer Session?
  2. Can the entire process be completed online?
  3. What courses am I eligible to register for?
  4. What is a Penn Key?
  5. As a Visiting Summer student am I required to get a Penn Key and Penn Email?
  6. Will the credits I receive from the courses I take at Penn transferable to my home institution?
  7. What if I cannot find the course I am looking for?
  8. How do I request a transcript once I’ve completed my courses at Penn?

For Both

  1. What are the dates for Summer Session?
  2. What are the add/drop deadlines for summer courses?
  3. How do I register for courses?
  4. Do I have to apply in order to register for Summer Session courses?
  5. Is housing available during the Summer Session?
  6. What is the tuition for Summer Session courses?

For Current Penn Students

1. What courses do I have access to as a current Penn student? Are there restrictions on any of the courses offered?

All current Penn students are eligible to enroll in Summer Session courses.

2. Are there any online courses offered during the Summer Session? If so, may I register for those courses?

Penn Summer offers fully online undergraduate courses as well as hybrid courses, with a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. Refer to our list of Online Course Offerings to see what's available.

3. Are internships and/or job opportunities available during the Summer Session?

Current Penn students are welcome to contact Career Services to inquire about summer internships and job opportunities.

4. Am I eligible for financial aid?

Current Penn students should contact Student Financial Services regarding financial aid for Summer Session courses.

5. Is advisement available during the Summer Session?

Current students from any of Penn's undergraduate degree programs are encouraged to speak with their advisor from their home school (College of Arts and Sciences, Wharton Undergraduate, etc.) prior to enrolling in Summer Session courses.

LPS students are offered advisement during the Summer Session in the same manner that they are offered advisement during the spring and fall semesters. If you are a current LPS student please contact your academic advisor as you ordinarily would during the fall and spring terms to schedule an appointment during the Summer Session.

Please note current Penn undergraduate must recieve advising from their home school advisor.


For Visiting Students

1. Should I register as a Visiting Summer Session student if I plan to take courses at Penn beyond the Summer Session?

No. If you plan to study at Penn beyond the Summer Session you cannot use the Summer Session Only registration process; rather, you will need to apply to one of our degree or non-degree programs that allow students to take courses throughout the entire academic year. Please visit our LPS Programs page to view the list of programs offered.

If you are uncertain as to which program would best suit your needs, please contact our Recruitment Office. You can contact an LPS Recruitment Specialist at 215.746.6902.

2. Can the entire process be completed online?

Yes. In fact, the entire process MUST be completed online.

3. What courses am I eligible to register for?

Visiting summer students are permitted to enroll in any School of Arts and Sciencescourse with a course number below 599. View Penn Summer Session courses

Please note that, while the vast majority of courses are open to all students, some courses may require a special permit or may be restricted to students within a certain school or major only.

4. What is a Penn Key?

A Penn Key is your online identification with the University of Pennsylvania. You will set up a password for your Penn Key electronically. Once you Penn Key and password are set you can use it to:

  • Register for classes
  • Access your student records
  • Access the library online

For complete information about the Penn Key program visit: www.upenn.edu/computing/pennkey/

5. As a Visiting Summer student am I required to get a Penn Key and Penn Email?

Yes - though you may only be visiting Penn for one semester it is imperative that you receive and use a Penn Key and a Penn email address. A Penn Key is required to access Penn's electronic resources including library databases, personal information regarding course registration and billing, unofficial transcripts and grade reports, and other information that is restricted to members of the campus community. Many instructors also maintain Blackboard sites in support of their courses that are accessible only to students with a Penn Key.

Having a Penn email address is essential, as any important deadlines, events, or updates from the University will be sent to that email address. Once you have registered for a course, you must obtain a Penn email address to take advantage of the summer visiting student mailing lists and newsgroups. For more information please visit SAS Computing.

6. Will the credits I receive from the courses I take at Penn transferable to my home institution?

Prior to enrolling in summer courses at Penn it is recommended that you discuss transfer credits with an academic advisor from your home institution. Throughout the academic year visiting students take regular undergraduate and graduate Penn courses and earn Penn credits that are generally transferable to other institutions. Upon completion of a Penn summer course, students may obtain an official transcript from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Though visiting students are generally able to transfer Penn credits back to their home institution each visiting student is strongly encouraged to speak with an advisor from his or her home institution about whether the courses you seek to transfer from Penn will be acceptable.

7. What if I cannot find the course I am looking for?

If you are seeking to take a specific course during the Summer Session and are unable to locate that course in the Summer Course Guide please be sure that you have checked all available course listings. There are multiple websites and print publications that list the course offerings at Penn. Please note the visiting student registration fee is non-refundable.

View all Penn Summer Session courses.

8. How do I request a transcript once I’ve completed my courses at Penn?

Once you have completed your course work and your grades have been posted for your Summer Session courses, you may request an official transcript from Penn's Office of the University Registrar. Learn about the process for ordering transcripts from the Office of the University Registrar.


For Both

1. What are the dates for Summer Session?

View current dates here

2. What are the add/drop deadlines for summer courses?

There are different deadlines by which you must have finalized your registration and selected your grade type - grade, pass/fail, or audit - for the Summer Session. After these dates, tuition and fees will appear on your bill for the courses you have enrolled in. These dates can be found below and can also be on the Penn Summer Calendar.

3. How do I register for courses?

Using your PennKey and password you register for courses online using the Penn-in-Touch course registration system. Penn students are encouraged to speak with an advisor from their academic program prior to enrolling in summer courses.

4. Do I have to apply in order to register for Summer Session courses?

If you are a Penn student seeking to enroll in summer courses, you can register for courses through Penn InTouch. Current Penn students need only apply if they are seeking to participate in one of the Penn Summer Abroad programs.

All non-Penn visiting summer students interested in enrolling in courses at Penn during the Summer Session are required to register.

5. Is housing available during the Summer Session?

Yes, for both current Penn students and visiting students. Penn offers a variety of summer housing options through its Department of Housing and Conference Services.

6. What is the tuition for Summer Session courses?

Tuition is determined by the number of courses you are enrolled in and which Summer Session your are taking the courses. Please see the Summer Session Tuition and Fees page for more information.

These fees only apply to courses offer through the School of Arts and Sciences, if you choose to take a course in another school at Penn (Engineering, Wharton, Nursing, etc.) fees will be set by the school and you should consult the schools website for complete tuition and fees information.