The International Guest Student Program (IGSP) is designed for students currently enrolled in undergraduate programs at institutions outside the US. Students must have completed the first year of their undergraduate studies and maintained the equivalent of a 3.3 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or higher in prior college-level work.
If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English. If you do not meet the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement, we encourage you to contact Penn's English Language Program to inquire about the Intensive English Program.
See Application Overview for specific requirements.
COVID-19 and admissions reviews
Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.
Application and deadlines
The first step toward studying in the International Guest Student Program at Penn is completing the online application.
You may apply to begin your studies during the fall or spring terms. (If you plan to study during the summer term please apply to the Penn Summer Global Institute.) Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:
|Term of Entry||Deadline|
|Fall 2022||June 1, 2022|
|Spring 2023||October 8, 2022|
The deadline for students who would like to join us on campus this fall is June 1, 2021. Those that wish to participate in the online version of IGSP are able to apply until July 1, 2021. Online students can take courses from our online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program. View the fall BAAS course options.