Program Resources

Everything you need to know about the International Student Guest Program.

Student stories

Watch recent international students talk about their experiences with Penn classes and the city of Philadelphia.

Trouble viewing the video? You can watch it on YouTube.

Student handbook 

The International Guest Student Handbook (PDF) includes information on:

  • Immigration matters
  • Academic life
  • Healthcare and medical insurance 
  • Preparing for Philadelphia and Penn
  • Resources at Penn

Penn International Student and Scholar Services

Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office provides core services to international students, visiting scholars, faculty and academic departments at the University of Pennsylvania. The ISSS staff provides advice, information and referrals on matters such as immigration, employment and overseas travel. They can also assist with problems related to social and personal adjustments to a new culture, as well as practical matters related to living in Philadelphia.

Academic resources

Penn offers ample academic support to its students, both for everyday academics and English language learners. Read more about the academic support available at:


International Guest students have a wide variety of off-campus housing options. Penn’s Off-Campus Services Office provides detailed information on area hotels, hostels, regular and corporate apartments, and other housing options. Their website also explains legal requirements and advice on negotiating rentals and leases.

IGSP students may have access to on-campus housing in one of Penn’s College Houses, subject to availability each term.

International student leadership activities

International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is composed of undergraduate and graduate international students, who meet with Penn administrators to discuss their experiences on campus and ideas for enhancing ongoing efforts to create a climate on campus conducive to international educational exchange.

Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP) is composed of new international and domestic students in undergraduate and graduate programs working to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to take on issues they are passionate about, learn more about communities different than their own and make a lasting impact at Penn and beyond.  

Upcoming application deadline

The application deadline for spring 2025 admission is October 15, 2024.

Demonstrate English proficiency

See Penn's English proficiency requirements by country.

Areas of study

Courses from more than 50 academics departments are available each semester to help you achieve your goals.