Penn World Scholars

The Penn World Scholars program attracts outstanding students from around the globe and provides them with the foundation for lives as global leaders.PWS Logo R&B

Penn World Scholars come from across the globe to attend any of Penn's four undergraduate schools and major in any academic subject. Penn World Scholars are selected based on exceptional leadership potential, academic achievement, financial need, and career plans, among other criteria. They are chosen from among a geographically, linguistically, and culturally diverse pool.

The Penn World Scholar experience at Penn is enhanced by creating opportunities for global engagement beyond the classroom, providing an avenue for global citizenship and leadership. Participants meet with University leaders, international alumni, and distinguished visitors, and they take the lead on organizing events that interest them. As freshmen, they experience Penn's Intercultural Leadership Program and grow their interpersonal and communication skills in a diverse campus community. In their sophomore year, they will explore themes of global leadership in partnership with Penn Global and other campus units. As juniors, they plan for their future personal and professional lives beyond Penn. Finally, during their senior year, they will engage in service and innovation to better communities.  

Penn World Scholars Administrator
Dr. Rudie Altamirano | Email
Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Director, Immigration & Integration Services

Penn World Scholars Coordinator
Ryan Villanueva | Email
Assistant Director of Integration and Community Engagement, 
International Student and Scholar Services


Meet the Penn World Scholars

Class of 2020   |   Class of 2021   |   Class of 2022    |   Class of 2023   |   Class of 2024    


Penn World Scholar Alice Cochrane
Penn World Scholars in the News
Penn World Scholar brings green, healing spaces to the streets of West Philadelphia

During Summer 2020, Penn World Scholar Alice Cochrane (C' 22) from Harare, Zimbabwe helped design an "urban oasis" at the One Art community center in West Philadelphia. "I think it's architecture's responsibility to create gathering spaces that are responsible, safe, and that allow us to have human interaction," says Alice.

Global Expert Speaker Series Spring 2021
Global Expert Speaker Series

The Global Expert Speaker Series provides Penn World Scholars the opportunity to interact with experts in fields such as climate change, urbanization, engineering, space exploration, global affairs, and others. In Spring 2021, the Penn World Scholars will meet virtually with three renowned experts in various fields. Find out more and view current Penn World Scholars' reactions at the link below. 

Penn World Scholars in Washington, DC at the Penn Biden Center in October 2019
Penn World Scholars in the News
Penn World Scholars Talk Diplomacy, Leadership in the Nation's Capital

The Penn World Scholars trip to Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2019 provided insight into global leadership, interacting with foreign and civil servant representatives, as well as NGO leaders.

Penn World Scholars in the News
A Global Rhodes for Penn

Congratulations to Penn World Scholar Class of 2019, Adam Abebe from Ethiopia, for receiving an inaugural Global Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford!

Group photo from Penn World Scholars Reunion fall 2018
Take a Look into the Penn World Scholars Experience