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  • Locations: Philadelphia, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HKUST applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Languages of Instruction:
English Language Requirement: Exempted
GPA specified by host institution:
Duration: 6-week Program Fee: Fee-paying
Credit bearings: Yes Scholarship available: No
Discount offered: Yes
Program Description:

About University of Pennsylvania

Penn has a proud tradition of intellectual rigor and boundary-breaking innovation that dates back to our founder, Benjamin Franklin. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.

Penn is one of the world's most powerful research and teaching institutions, with a research budget last year topping $800 million and more than 4,000 active faculty members. Penn's eminent, award-winning educators and scholars encourage students to follow their passions, pursue inquiry and discovery, and address the most challenging problems through an interdisciplinary approach.

About Penn Summer Global Institute

The University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) is housed within Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, with a purview over the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. LPS offers an extraordinary education to highly qualified adult students for a range of programs. The Penn Summer Global Institute at the University of Pennsylvania is the gateway for highly qualified international students to pursue credit-bearing course work and enjoy the academic experience at a top-ranked, Ivy League teaching and research university.

Penn Summer Global Institute is a comprehensive academic experience for top undergraduates from around the world with high English proficiency. As a pre-arranged package, undergraduates spend 6 weeks as visiting students, and experience everything Penn has to offer: earning Ivy League credits alongside other Penn students, living and dining on campus, and socializing with other Penn students from the U.S. and abroad.

The Penn Summer Global Institute experience allows students to choose 2 undergraduate courses that meet their academic path. Along with classes, students will benefit from Penn's range of exceptional resources, including academic advising, and get exposure to the cultural and social features of living on campus in Philadelphia. And while visiting, students can take advantage of Philadelphia's close proximity to other major cities on the east coast.

Course information can be found HERE.

Program Date

Six weeks from 27 June to 4 August 2018

* Notes:

  • You are expected to arrive on the day before the program starts for student dormitory check-in. Please refer to the host institution’s acceptance package for the arrival information.
  • You should only depart after completion of the program.


This is a fee-paying program and HKUST students will bear the program fee and the costs for travel, visa, insurance, personal expenses and other administrative fees. The program fee for Penn Summer Global Institute is inclusive of the tuition of 2 courses, accommodation, meal plan, and weekly extracurricular activities. There are no additional costs for access to Penn dining services and campus housing (up to 6 weeks). 

Fees* Amount
Fees listed below are for Summer 2017 only.
2018 rates will be updated in February 2018.
Application fee USD 50
Program fee USD 11,200
USD 12,678 (with one Wharton course)
Discount will be offered to HKUST nominated students
Student Insurance USD 820


You are eligible to apply for the program if you:

  • will have completed Year 1 by the start of program; and
  • have a cumulative CGA of 3.3 or above.

For details of the selection criteria, please CLICK HERE.

Documents required by host institution

  • Academic transcript
  • Application essay
  • Letter of recommendation

Application Process

HKUST students must apply through the Global Student Programs Office. Individual direct application to UPenn will not be accepted.

To apply, click the “Apply Now” button on this page. The whole application process has two steps.

Step 1: Complete HKUST application form and submit supplementary documents (CLICK HERE for details)
Step 2: The Host Institution Application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY HKUST)

If you are nominated, you will be notified to submit a formal host institution application. Detailed information and application instructions can be found HERE.

Financial Assistance

The HKUST Study Abroad Financial Assistance aims to help HKUST students with financing their study abroad programs. More details can be found at HKUST Study Abroad website.

Credit Transfer

You are advised to discuss your study plan with your major department or any pre-major advisors in your School. For details of the credit transfer procedures, please CLICK HERE.

Visa Information

All students admitted to Penn LPS international programs will be required to have a full-time student visa issued for the dates of the admitted program. The University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services will issue all necessary forms and materials. Students typically receive an F-1 full-time student study visa. Students who are admitted with support from a sponsoring institution are welcome to enroll on a J-1 visa. You may CLICK HERE for more information.

Health Insurance

UPenn requires all full-time students to carry adequate health insurance which meets Penn standards.

HKUST students who take part in the University's exchange programs will be covered by the University's Travel Insurance Plan. Please CLICK HERE for details.


If you choose to live on campus, you will enjoy housing that is secure, furnished, air-conditioned and equipped with high-speed internet. For students enrolled in Penn Summer Global Institute, your residence is on the west end of campus in Harnwell College House.

For details, please CLICK HERE.

Disclaimer: The host institutions may release updated information from time to time. Information on this page will be updated on a rolling basis. While the Global Student Programs Office tries the best effort to post the most updated information on this page, you are advised to refer to the host institutions' official websites for the most updated information.

Last update: 14 November 2017

This program is currently not accepting applications.