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As of March 12, 2020, Penn Summer Sessions are scheduled to run as planned. The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is fluid and being monitored closely. Please check back periodically for updates. Should there be any changes to the policy that impacts our decision to hold courses this summer, we are committed to providing timely updates via email. Should any of these programs be cancelled, students will receive a full refund of program fees at that time.

Our campus task force is monitoring the situation daily and making active decisions as we receive new information. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our campus community. You can stay updated with all developments on Penn’s special coronavirus webpage.

Penn Summer Global Institute

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June 30 - August 8, 2020

Application deadline: April 1, 2020

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Penn Summer Global Institute is a comprehensive academic experience for top undergraduates from around the world with high English language proficiency. In our all-inclusive program, you spend six weeks as a visiting student and experience everything Penn has to offer: earning Ivy League credits alongside other Penn students, living and dining on campus and socializing with other Penn students from the US and abroad. The Penn Summer Global Institute allows you to choose courses from the School of Arts and Sciences that complement your academic path. Along with classes, students benefit from Penn's range of exceptional resources, including academic advising, world-renowned facilities and top-rated instructors.

You also experience the cultural and social features of living on campus in Philadelphia as well as the city’s proximity to other major cities on the east coast. Penn arranges exciting local cultural and historic excursions during your stay in Philadelphia.

Download: Penn Summer Global Institute Student Handbook

Studying at Penn means so much more than the credits you earn. Take a look at what we have to offer you this summer at Penn.

Students in the Penn Summer Global Institute will experience life on campus by living in one of the residence halls. Here students can relax, study and make lifelong friends.

There’s no shortage of places to eat on campus. From all-you-can-eat cafés to quick and easy markets, Penn dining plans have everything to fit your palate and budget.

As the only American city to be named a World Heritage City, Philadelphia has endless sights to see and is the perfect place to spend your summer. (Photo Credit: Photo by Bob Krist for the PHLCVB)

Use your Penn ID to receive a student discount into the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo Credit: Photo by Paul Loftland for PHLCVB)

It’s not summer in Philadelphia without a trip to Citizens Bank Park to see a Phillies baseball game. Extra credit for dancing with the Phanatic! (Photo Credit: Photo by Bryan Lathrop for PHLCVB)

  • June 30, 2020: Housing move in
  • July 1, 2020: Program orientation (required)
  • July 2, 2020: Classes begin
  • July 3, 2020: University holiday in observance of Independence Day
  • August 7, 2020: Classes end
  • August 8, 2020: Housing move out


Living on campus is an essential part of the Penn experience. Your air-conditioned and furnished suites are conveniently located at the heart of our urban campus and the residence halls are staffed 24 hours a day. Students have the option to enroll in a summer dining plan.

Philadelphia is bursting with festivities during the summer months. The city is home to some of the nation’s top museums and famed for its performing arts, dining, athletic and recreational destinations. There are several extracurricular activities planned for you, like a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Phillies baseball game, a 360-degree view of the city from One Liberty Observation Deck and more.

As well as having the opportunity to explore the vibrant and historic city of Philadelphia, you can be in New York by bus or train within two hours and Washington, D.C. within three hours.


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

2020 Program fee: 2 School of Arts and Sciences courses $12,397
2020 Program fee: 1 School of Arts and Sciences course + 1 Wharton course
Program fee includes:
  • Two courses
  • Housing in a double room
  • Half-day student orientation
  • Weekly extracurricular activities
  • Access to student academic advisor

You may choose any two courses from our Summer Session II offerings, which cover topics as diverse as behavioral psychology, microeconomics, decision theory, astronomy, literature and neurobiology. Once you’ve browsed the course information, you can contact your advisor for further advice on selecting your courses. For courses that have prerequisites, we will help you determine what course is right for you.

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

(215) 898-7326

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