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Penn Summer Global Institute Application Information

Application process

Applications are now closed.

Penn Summer Global Institute welcomes applications from full-time undergraduate students from around the world. All applicants are required to submit the following materials. Please note that all application materials become the property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application.

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended, with English translation and US equivalencies sent directly from the home institution
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (see below)
  • Application essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $75 non-refundable application fee

All physical/hard copy documents should be mailed to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions, 3440 Market Street, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335.


International applicants whose primary language of instruction is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum scores for consideration are 100 TOEFL IBT/7 IELTS. Students sending TOEFL scores should use ETS institutional code 2986 when requesting test scores. Students sending IELTS scores should have official paper copies mailed directly from the testing center to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions.

Flexibility for international applicants: We recognize that there may be limited testing opportunities for the IELTS and TOEFL exams in your home country and some applicants will not be able to report scores by the application deadline. If this pertains to you, we encourage you to complete the application to the best of your ability and to include a supplemental statement that explains your circumstances. Your information will be provided to the appropriate admissions committee and your admissions decision will be based on the materials available at the time of review. Please note, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies is accepting at-home TOEFL test scores and the IELTS Indicator exam scores through the 2020-2021 admissions year. Please visit the specific standardized testing websites for exam options in your home country.

Visa and Documentation

Once admitted, you will receive an email from the International Student and Scholar Services office with instructions for applying for your I-20. The I-20 is the form you need to apply for an F-1 student visa at your closest US Embassy or Consulate.

Students taking fully online courses in the summer do not need a visa.

Tuition and Payment

Once you register for classes, you will be sent a bill notification via email about your tuition and fees, which can be viewed through your account at the PennPay website. Payment is due according to Penn's Student Registration and Financial Services billing and payment schedule and can be made by international wire or bank transfer. If your university would like to arrange third-party billing, they can find more information at Penn’s Student Financial Services website.