Undergraduate and graduate students from universities around the world come to study on Penn’s campus each summer. Engage with Penn’s world-class standing faculty and instructors, taking advantage of Penn’s academic resources, and spending the summer in Philadelphia. A Penn Summer experience is like no other—you have the opportunity to choose your own academic path and engage your mind while you follow your academic passions.
Personal Interaction with Your Instructor
Penn Summer courses are small, which allows for personalized attention inside and outside of the classroom. Typically, each class averages roughly 10 to 15 students. Classes are made up of traditional Penn students and visiting students from other colleges and universities. Faculty members maintain office hours and encourage students to actively engage throughout their time on campus.
Life on Campus
The University of Pennsylvania is the only Ivy League institution with one comprehensive campus. All thirteen of Penn’s schools are located within our West Philadelphia neighborhood. Located just across the river from Center City Philadelphia, Penn combines all the benefits of a traditional green campus environment with the vibrancy of an urban academic experience.
Stroll through 24 acres of continuous open space, including athletic fields, landscaped walking paths, and tennis courts, in the newly constructed Penn Park. Indulge in a greater understanding of the world’s cultural heritage at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Research contemporary aspects of art, architecture, historic preservation, and urban development at the Fisher Fine Arts Library, just one of more than a dozen libraries located on campus.
Earn a Penn Transcript
The courses, grades, and academic credits completed through Penn Summer will appear on an official University of Pennsylvania transcript. A transcript from Penn Summer will read School of Arts and Sciences. Students should be able to apply credits earned at Penn at academic institutions around the world.
Most Penn courses are worth 1 credit unit (CU) which translates into 3 or 4 credit hours at most other institutions. Some sciences courses count as 1.5 CUs due to the rigorous lab component. Summer also offers 2 CU—or double credit—intensive foreign language courses. Students may request an official copy of their Penn transcript through the Registrar’s Office.
Life at Penn during the summer means a chance to experience all that Penn offers, both in the classroom and across our urban campus. Penn’s 279-acre campus is alive and bursting with energy. The small total student population provides the chance to experience all that Penn has to offer in a more direct and personal way.
Housing & Dining Services
Penn Summer students living on campus stay in furnished, air-conditioned, multi-occupant guest suites with private or shared bedrooms. Each bedroom is equipped with one set of the following items: extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair, lamp, and dresser. Convenient, flexible dining options—including vegetarian and kosher offerings—are available with special Dining Hall Packages offered to Penn Summer students or through any one of our popular express dining stations. Students can add additional blocks of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls or any amount of Dining Dollar$ to your dining plan.
Arts & Culture
Kelly Writers House, a center for writers located at the heart of Penn’s campus, offers poetry readings, film screenings, seminars, lectures, and workshops all year round. Take a tour of Historic Philadelphia, see the Liberty Bell at Independence Mall, and visit the multimedia exhibits at the National Constitution Center. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the finest museums in the United States, to enjoy its renowned collections and award-winning special exhibits.
All University residences are equipped with 24-hour monitoring of building entrances. You can instantly contact Public Safety from more than 225 exterior “blue light” emergency telephones, located on the campus and throughout the University City community. If you need to work late at the library or lab, you can request a walking escort to accompany you to the dormitory or nearest transportation center. For complete information about campus information visit the Penn Police website.