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Penn Summer Abroad

Due to safety concerns and travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic, all Penn Summer Abroad programs will be suspended for summer 2021. Please note, this decision applies to Penn Summer Abroad only.
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.

Recent locations included:

The Alps

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

Cannes, France

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

London, England

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

Madrid, Spain

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

Tours, France

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


*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.