Penn Summer Abroad Tuition and Fees

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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.


Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Tuition and fees for 2020 will be posted in spring 2020. Please use 2019 costs listed below as general estimates only.

Tuition for summer 2019: $4,392 per course unit*. Please note, tuition for summer 2020 has not yet been released.

Visit the Penn Summer Abroad locations page to find your preferred program and see the number of course units and total tuition.

Program fee

In addition to tuition, each Penn Summer Abroad program charges a fee to cover the cost of accommodation. Additional expenses such as meals, local transportation, cultural activities and organized excursions may also be included in the program fee.

Visit the Penn Summer Abroad locations page to find your preferred program and what its fee covers. We also recommend that you review the estimated cost worksheet under the “Tuition and Fees” section of your program page, which can help you plan for additional direct expenses such as airfare.

Please note that all participants are required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit upon committal to all Penn Summer Abroad programs. That deposit will be credited to students’ accounts when final program costs are posted.

Financial aid

Please contact Student Financial Services for all questions relating to financial aid eligibility and options.

You are encouraged to make an appointment with your financial aid advisor early in the application process to determine your eligibility for summer term financial aid.

In the spring, when the Summer School Undergraduate Financial Aid application is live, we will post a link on this page.

Non-Penn students should apply for financial aid from their home institution.

Penn undergraduates who currently receive financial aid are also eligible to apply for The William A. Levi Travel Fellowship.

Your tuition and program fee for Penn Summer Abroad will be charged to your Penn.Pay account after you complete all pre-departure forms and requirements and Penn Summer Abroad has enrolled you in your course(s). You are responsible for all direct expenses not included in the tuition and program fee.

The charges will appear on your student bill in the monthly statement following course registration. The billing and due dates follow the Summer Sessions billing schedule on the Student Financial Services website.

Your current bill is always available online at PennPortal. Balances remaining unpaid beyond the due date are subject to a late penalty of 1.5 percent, which will appear on your next statement.

No student will be awarded a degree who has not paid in full all financial obligations to the University. No transcripts will be provided to any student who has not fulfilled financial obligations to the University.

Withdrawal is defined as leaving the program as opposed to dropping a course within the program and adding another course to maintain enrollment requirements.

Notification of withdrawal: All notifications of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to Penn Summer Abroad at The date of the written notification is the date by which the adjustment to your academic record and financial calculations will be determined. Failure to attend classes or notification only to the program director or instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and will result in failing grades in all courses.

Before the program begins: The following will occur for a withdrawal from the program after accepting the offer of admission.

Statement of Committal Submitted; POST-DECISION Forms NOT Submitted

From program committal to 30 days before the program start date

  • Student removed from program
  • 100% program fee refund (except the $500 non-refundable deposit)

From 29 days prior to and until the program start date

  • Student removed from program
  • 50% program fee refund (except the $500 non-refundable deposit)
Statement of Committal and POST-DECISION Forms Submitted

From course registration to 30 days before the program start date

  • Student removed from program
  • Course(s) dropped
  • 100% tuition refund
  • 100% program fee refund (except the $500 non-refundable deposit)

From 29 days prior to and until the program start date

  • Student removed from program
  • Course(s) dropped
  • 100% tuition refund
  • 50% program fee refund (except the $500 non-refundable deposit)

After the program begins: In addition to the official withdrawal e-mail sent to Penn Summer Abroad, the program director must be notified in advance of your leaving the program.

Tuition and program fee refunds: For programs with a duration of more than two weeks abroad, tuition refunds will be granted for those withdrawing in writing from the program within five calendar days after the program start date. For programs with a duration of fewer than two weeks abroad, there are no tuition refunds after the start of the program.

There is no program fee refund after the program start date.

Penn Summer Abroad, in consultation with Penn officials as well as other authorities domestically and abroad, reserves the right to cancel or modify the program at any time. The Penn Summer Abroad office will provide participants with as much notice as reasonable under the circumstances. Any decision regarding refunds and course grades in such a situation is determined by the Penn Summer Abroad office with consideration to the timing of the cancellation.

Penn will not reimburse for direct expenses outside of the program fee and tuition. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance to protect against any changes or cancellations that may affect your airfare or other direct expenses. 

*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.

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