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Penn Summer Abroad

Penn Summer Abroad

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.

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General information sessions

Please join us for the following general information session to learn more about the Penn Summer Abroad programs:

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.

Both sessions can be accessed virtually through this Zoom link.

Summer 2023 locations:

The Alps

The Alps

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

Visit The Alps »

Cannes, France

Cannes, France

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

Visit Cannes »

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Immerse yourself in Italian history and culture, polish your language skills, and enjoy world-renowned Florentine libraries, museums, culinary traditions, and fashion hubs.

Visit Florence »

psa london

London, England

Study literature, theater, art, and culture in of the most diverse and exciting urban centers in the world.

Visit London »

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

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

Visit Madrid »

Tours, France

Tours, France

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

Visit Tours »

Penn Summer Abroad disclaimer

The running of all 2023 Penn Summer Abroad programs is dependent on approval from the Committee on Travel Risk assessment (CTRA). Please be advised, CTRA approval may also be rescinded at any time prior to the running of the program. Programs may also be canceled independently of the CTRA process. Any of these scenarios would result in your summer 2023 Penn Summer Abroad Program not moving forward. All PSA students are strongly encouraged to consider the consequences if their summer 2023 program is canceled for any reason. Cancellations carry financial risks as well as academic risks, including the potential impact on academic progress.

For all Penn-affiliated travel occurring on or after May 18, 2021, a COVID-19 vaccination is required. This applies to both domestic and international travel unless an exception has been granted for medical or religious reasons. If you have a question related to this guidance or will not be vaccinated prior to travel, please contact travelsafety@pobox.upenn.edu.


*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.