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University of Pennsylvania - Summer Sessions

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Required GPA: 3.3/4.0
Minimum TOEFL iBT:  100 (25 in listening, 25 in reading, 25 in speaking, 25 in writing)
Minimum IELTS: 7.0
Terms of Study: Summer 2016: June 30th to August 5th 2016
Application Deadlines: April 1st
Language Institute Option: Not available
University Website: www.sas.upenn.edu/summer

What the University of Pennsylvania has to Offer

  • The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as UPenn) is an historic, Ivy League institution with highly selective admissions standards and a devotion to scholarship
  • UPenn is one of the eight members of the Ivy League and is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States
  • UPenn’s development as an esteemed university is a testament to the principles of its founder, Benjamin Franklin—entrepreneurship, innovation, invention, outreach, and a pragmatic love of knowledge
  • UPenn consistently ranks among the top 10 research universities in the United States and the world
  • UPenn professors have received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowships and Guggenheim Fellowships.


  • Penn Summer students living on campus stay in furnished, air-conditioned, multi-occupant guest suites with private or shared bedrooms. Each bedroom is equipped with one set of the following items: extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair, lamp, and dresser. Convenient, flexible dining options—including vegetarian and kosher offerings—are available  to Penn Summer students.


  • Online course catalog
  • Students choose an academic track to further their current course of study, and to explore new ideas. Students will choose a track upon admission to the program, and are welcome to make changes to courses upon arrival.
  • During the summer session, students will earn 2 UPenn credits, which are equivalent to 6-8 US credits. 

Popular Tracks

  • International leadership
  • Global Health
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Journalism
  • Penn Law
  • Economic Globalization

Costs: USD 11,350.

  • Including tuition, administration and management fees, dining and accommodations, and field trips.
  • Business, engineering and law courses carry an additional cost. 


In addition to the SAF Online application, students should prepare:

  • Between 1 and 3 Letters of recommendations using this form.
  • 4 essays: Please respond to each of the following four Application Essay questions. Number your essays clearly and begin each essay on a separate page. Responses should not exceed four pages in length for all the questions combined. Please submit all four questions in one single file.  
    1. Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity?  If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance. 
    2. Describe your educational history and background, making sure to address whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. Explain fully if you have ever withdrawn, taken a leave of absence, or been dropped by any school, college, or university. 
    3. Write a brief essay describing your academic and personal goals and explain how these will be furthered by study at Penn in general and at LPS in particular. Feel free to discuss a specific academic topic you have enjoyed studying and explain why it is of interest to you. 
    4. Describe any non-academic experiences that you feel strengthen your application such as employment, travel, community affairs, volunteer work, publications, etc.


Last Updated: 2/16/16