Penn Summer Abroad

You are here

Given the growing spread of COVID-19, expanded travel restrictions aimed at containing the virus, and the general uncertainty regarding timelines for the lifting of travel restrictions, the School of Arts and Sciences has decided to suspend all Penn Summer Abroad programs for summer 2020.

Penn Summer Abroad offers you the opportunity to study in exciting, international locations for a span of weeks—rather than a semester—while still getting the full cultural experience. Dig deep into topics that excite you with Penn faculty experts, meet peers who share your interests, and discover new ideas and traditions around the globe.

Our programs are open to:

  • Penn undergraduate students
  • Domestic undergraduate students studying at an accredited college or university
  • International undergraduate students studying at an accredited college or university

Penn Summer Abroad provides Penn credit, 1-2 course units (c.u.)*, for the successful completion of the program and accompanying assignments.

2020 Locations

The Alps

The Alps

Hike your way through breathtaking terrain while digging into the earth and environmental sciences.

August 17 - August 29, 2020


Cannes, France

Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study cinema while attending the world’s most famous film festival.

May 10 - May 24, 2020

Gondar, Ethiopia

Gondar, Ethiopia

Collaborate with a Jewish community in northern Ethiopia to tell their stories using documentary filmmaking techniques and ethics.

May 20 - June 9, 2020

London, England

London, England

Examine the masterpieces of British authors and playwrights in the center of the literary and dramatic universe.

June 20 - July 25, 2020

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Master your Spanish language skills, live like a local, and explore a majestic European country.

May 21 - June 27, 2020

Tours, France

Tours, France

Discover France’s exquisite countryside through cultural tours, a host family stay, and courses taught completely in French.

May 20 - June 27, 2020


*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Thinking about

studying abroad?


Apply to

study abroad


Prepare for your

trip abroad


Penn Summer

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

(215) 898-7326

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram