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Penn Summer Global Institute

Penn Summer Global Institute

June 29 - August 7, 2021

Application deadline: April 1, 2021

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

Because of COVID-19, this program was not offered to students during the summer of 2020. No decisions have been made yet about the summer of 2021.

  • June 29: Housing move in
  • June 30: Program orientation (required)
  • July 1: Classes begin
  • July 5: University holiday in observance of Independence Day
  • August 6: Classes end
  • August 7: 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. Your meals are also included with 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, DC within three hours.

Philly Map

Students will be charged the tuition rate for summer courses. The specific tuition cost will depend on the exact courses in which students enroll. Please visit the Penn Summer Sessions Tuition and Fees page to learn more.

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

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.

Summer 2021 courses will be posted in February 2021.

Browse 2020 Summer Session II courses >