Penn Summer Online

Already have plans for the summer? Heading to the beach or a great internship? Arts & Sciences Online Learning provides you with access to Penn classes wherever you find yourself. Courses are offered in a great range of disciplines from mathematics to literature and at many levels from the most introductory courses to master’s level offerings.

Even though these classes are delivered at a distance, they provide students with a highly interactive learning experience through technologies such as Canvas course sites and Adobe Connect virtual classrooms. These online courses are for credit and count towards degree requirements.

Questions About Online Courses

Where can I find the current online course offerings?

You can see all current online, for-credit course offerings and access the course-guide descriptions on our Online Courses page.

If the course is online, then why are there scheduled meetings?

All online courses contain both live, professor-led class sessions as well as course-site activities that students do on their own time. The scheduled meetings for an online course are the times at which students log in to the Adobe Connect Pro classroom to “attend” class. Throughout the duration of the course, all class sessions are recorded so that students can refer to class discussions while writing in the discussion forums, using digital resources, or while performing other course assignments and activities.

What are the technical requirements for an online course?

For the most up-to-date system requirements, visit the Arts & Sciences Online Learning site.

How do I access an online course?

Before the start of the course, a member of the Arts & Sciences Online Learning team will email you with login information. If you have any further questions, please contact You will also be enrolled in the Canvas course site after enrolling in the course; course sites for online classes are generally available a few days before the start of the term.

Each online credit course has an associated $150 fee to support the costs of technology platforms, equipment, digital & remote services, and staff required to offer online courses.