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Application Overview

International Guest application deadlines

You may apply to begin your studies during the fall or spring terms. (If you plan to study during the summer term, please apply to the Penn Global Summer Institute.) Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Admission Cycle Deadline
Fall 2019 June 1, 2019
Spring 2020 November 1, 2019

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Application materials checklist

Since all required supporting documents are submitted through the online application system, hardcopy material other than official transcripts will not be accepted.

Unsolicited material will not be used for review.

Applications must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Completed online application
  • Institutional supporting materials: official transcripts
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Letter of recommendation
  • TESOL or IELTS standardized test scores  (if not a native English speaker)
  • Nonrefundable application fee

Institutional supporting materials

The following materials must be sent directly to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies office from the individual or organization responsible for authenticating the content (not from the student).

  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended, with English translation and US equivalencies must be sent directly from the home institution. 

International Guest Student Program application essay 

Your application will include essays addressing three topics. Please compile your responses into a single document, but keep them as separate essays.

  • Describe your educational history and background, making sure to address both academic and nonacademic experiences that are relevant to your participation in the International Guest Student Program. Please also be sure to note whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. (250 word maximum)
  • Explain your goals for participating in the International Guest Student Program. Please address why you are interested in studying in the United States, and why you wish to study at Penn specifically, as well as some of the coursework you are interested in, and campus resources you plan to utilize. Be as specific as you can about how this program will support your current academic program and your future academic and professional goals. (400 word maximum)

Letters of recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required of all appicants. However, you may submit up to three letters of recommendation to support your application. Letters of recommendation should be from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania. Recommendations should be submitted online. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.

Standardized test scores 

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. Please note that the TOEFL is rarely waived; therefore, we encourage applicants to take the test to avoid delays in completing the application. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted and the minimum score for consideration is a 7. Applicants may upload a copy of their IELTS test report to the standardized test score section of the application.

Upon review of an applicant's file, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.

Standardized test scores such as the SAT are not required for admission to the program. However, you may choose to submit them in support of your application. Request that your scores be forwarded to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, using ETS institutional code 2986.

Demonstrate English proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

See Penn's English proficiency requirements by country.

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Visas and passports

Visa & Passport Requirements

Get information about visas and passports before you travel to the U.S.

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Fall application deadline: June 1

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