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  • Penn Course Registration from Abroad

    Penn Housing Application from Abroad

    Program Evaluation

    Transcripts from Abroad and Transfer Credit

    Penn Course Registration from Abroad     

    • While abroad, you may participate in advance registration for the semester that you will return to Penn.  Be sure to check your email regularly for information and reminders. Dates for advance registration are listed in Penn’s Academic Calendar.
    • Contact your academic and/or major advisor(s) before advance registration begins to discuss course selection and, if necessary, to have registration holds removed.

    Penn Housing Applications from Abroad

    • You can apply online for Penn housing while you are abroad.
    • The Penn Residential Services office has compiled Frequently Asked Questions about Penn housing during and after study abroad available on their website. Please note that all questions related to housing should be addressed directly to Penn Residential Services.  

    Program Evaluation

    After your program has finished, it is important that you return to your Penn Abroad application and complete your program evaluation. This provides valuable information about your program from the student perspective which allows Penn Abroad to improve on advising and orientations. 

    Transcripts from Abroad and Credit Transfer

    You will receive an automated email from Penn Abroad once we receive your study abroad transcript.  If you have not received this email, we have not received your transcript yet. Transcripts often take six months or longer to reach Penn Abroad. We cannot speed up the process as it is the responsibility of the program abroad to mail your transcript to us. Please note: If you have any outstanding charges owed to your study abroad program, Penn Abroad will not receive your transcript until all charges are settled.

    We will forward your transcript to your home school academic advisor for study abroad. Once your transcript has been received at your home school AND all of your courses from abroad have been given departmental approval on XCAT (with no extra courses appearing), it usually takes about two weeks for the grades to appear on your Penn transcript. Students with an approval issue or a department delay should send an email to the appropriate contact.

    Check XCAT regularly until you confirm that all courses have been approved. To avoid delays in processing your grades, do not wait to check XCAT until after your transcript has arrived.  If you have questions about getting your grades posted on your Penn transcript, contact your home school academic advisor for study abroad.

  • Share Your Experience and Get Involved
  • Get Involved

    Maximizing and Continuing Your Study Abroad Experience

    Get Involved

    • Become a Study Abroad Ambassador! Penn Abroad’s Study Abroad Ambassadors encourage and preparing students for study abroad. Ambassadors are actively involved with Penn Abroad by organizing events to promote study abroad opportunities and leading various projects throughout the year. Permit prospective study abroad students to contact you with questions about your study abroad program. Your name, email, major, and the term that you studied abroad will be listed on the Penn Abroad page for the program you attended
    • Volunteer for the annual study abroad fair! Along with a visiting staff member from your study abroad program and Penn Abroad, speak with students interested in study abroad about where you went and what you did.
    • Assist Penn Abroad with pre-departure orientations and information sessions by attending as a past participant. Remember how helpful it was for you to hear from a fellow student before you went abroad? Now’s your chance to be that helpful fellow student!

    Maximizing and Continuing Your Study Abroad Experience

    • Penn’s Career Services has advice and resources on maximizing your study abroad experience to benefit your career plans, including skills gained from studying abroad and how to incorporate your international experience into your resume, cover letters and interviews. Career Services also has resources to find internship, work, and volunteer opportunities abroad, including Penn’s own International Internship Program (IIP). Check out the on-campus International Opportunities Fair each fall to meet employers and program representatives.
    • Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) works with students who wish to apply for fellowships for graduate study abroad, and opportunities like the Fulbright Program to conduct research abroad.
    • Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE) are a partnership between the Greenfield Intercultural Center and the Graduate School of Education, with the aim of increasing cross-cultural awareness at Penn.
    • The Conversation Partners program matches international students learning English at the English Language Programs (ELP) with students of foreign languages.
    • International House is an independent, non-profit organization that has long been the premiere presenter of international arts and cultural programs in Philadelphia.
    • International Visitors Council of Philadelphia is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization that is the "door" to the greater Philadelphia community for guests of the United States government.
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