International Guest Student Program

You are here


Study at an Ivy league university and live on Penn's campus for an incredible US college experience

The International Guest Student Program (IGSP) at the University of Pennsylvania is the gateway for highly qualified international undergraduate students to pursue for-credit coursework at a top-ranked Ivy League university. The IGSP is designed to support your goals, whether you are seeking to enhance your academic record, build your credentials for graduate study or refine your language and cross-cultural communication skills.

Our skilled advisors help you select appropriate courses based on your language proficiency, academic back­ground, schedule and interests. At the completion of the program, you receive transcripts from the University of Pennsylvania and are awarded credits that can be transferred to your home institution.

As a guest student at Penn, you have access to world-class libraries, computing facilities, academic and language support resources, and accommodations in campus resi­dence halls. In classes and around campus, you interact with a diverse student body of undergraduate and graduate students, providing numerous opportunities for cultural and language exchange.

We look forward to speaking with you as you explore the opportunities that await you at Penn.

Student stories

Watch recent international students talk about their experiences with Penn classes and the city of Philadelphia.

If you are having trouble viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Fast Facts

students icon
Number of students in the 2018 program
globe icon
Number of countries represented by current students: Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, UK, Vietnam
departments icon
Number of academic departments available for students to explore

IGSP Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?

Learn more about applicant qualifications for the International Guest Student Program.

See Admissions and Eligibility >

Program Resources

Everything you need to know

Penn provides a wealth of resources to support you while on campus.

See Program Resources >

Apply Now

Application deadline for fall 2020 admission:
June 15, 2020

Get your application started!

Apply now >

LPS News

  • Dr. Jonathan D. Moreno talks bioethics with Penn Pre-Health students
    Penn’s Pre-Health Programs welcomed Professor Moreno for a discussion of his recently published book, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die. View Story
  • For a fashion-forward Penn alumna, sustainability is always in style
    Octavia Sun (MES ’18) is turning her sustainability research into a platform to discuss environmentally conscious practices in the apparel industry. View Story


College of Liberal and Professional Studies Office

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053


Penn LPS Application form

Ready to apply to LPS?

Request Info Have a question about one of our programs?

Penn LPS

The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

View our Facebook   View our Twitter   View our YouTube