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Tuition and Fees

The spring 2021 International Guest Student Program will be delivered entirely online.

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate* based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. The rates listed below will be effective fall 2020 through spring 2021. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Tuition for College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) courses taken by International Guest students are billed at the LPS undergraduate tuition rate. Please see the rates listed in the table below. LPS courses end with a section code between 601 and 606 in the fall and spring. A full listing for each semester can be found in the course guide.

International Guest students in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies who are taking courses outside of LPS (i.e., in other schools of the University such as the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Penn Nursing) are charged the tuition of that school.

Students who enroll in a full course-load (4 c.u.) outside of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies will be charged the flat undergraduate rate (please note these rates are for the full academic year) for tuition and fees. Students enrolling in classes offered at other schools of the University should coordinate closely with their academic advisors to fully understand the tuition implications. For complete course taking policies please see the International Guest Student Handbook (PDF).

All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change

Tuition and Fee Rates for International Guest Student Program Students

Summer 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Enrollment Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
4 LPS $13,888 $2,677 $448 $315 $17,328
3 LPS and 1 non-LPS $17,202 $2,677 $448 $315 $20,642
2 LPS and 2 non-LPS $20,516 $2,677 $448 $315 $23,956
1 LPS and 3 non-LPS $23,830 $2,677 $448 $315 $27,270
4 non-LPS $26,583 $2,677 $448 $315 $30,023

Fall 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Enrollment Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
4 LPS $13,360 $2,311 $448 $315 $16,434
3 LPS and 1 non-LPS $16,550 $2,311 $448 $315 $19,624
2 LPS and 2 non-LPS $19,740 $2,311 $448 $315 $22,814
1 LPS and 3 non-LPS $22,930 $2,311 $448 $315 $26,004
4 non-LPS $25,578 $2,311 $448 $315 $28,652

Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Enrollment Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
4 LPS $13,888 $2,677 $448 $315 $17,328
3 LPS and 1 non-LPS $17,202 $2,677 $448 $315 $20,642
2 LPS and 2 non-LPS $20,516 $2,677 $448 $315 $23,956
1 LPS and 3 non-LPS $23,830 $2,677 $448 $315 $27,270
4 non-LPS $26,583 $2,677 $448 $315 $30,023

Additional fees

In addition to the tuition and fees listed above, students enrolled in four or more course units will be charged a mandatory clinical fee of $315 per semester. An orientation fee of $345 will apply to students entering the International Guest Student Program in the fall semester.

Fee definitions

  • General fee: A general fee is assessed to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and directly funds Penn's non-instructional student support services. The general fee for full-time students provides them with full access to a wide variety of services and resources, including counseling and wellness, multicultural resource centers, student activities, recreation and fitness, career services, learning support, and much more.
  • Technology fee: This fee assists with the cost of computer labs and technological services.
  • Clinical fee: This mandatory fee is assessed to all students and supports Penn Wellness services, including Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Service, and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs. In 2020-2021, the fee also funds public health efforts essential for protecting the Penn community against the spread of COVID-19, including contact tracing.
  • Orientation fee: The orientation fee covers meals during orientation week and access to orientation activities offered by LPS, Penn Global, and New Student Orientation.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Everything you need to know

Penn provides a wealth of resources to support you while on campus.

Ready to apply?

See International Guest Student Program application deadlines, review our application materials checklist, and get ready to apply.

Areas of study

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