Incoming Exchange

Application & Financial Information

The University of Pennsylvania is delighted and excited to welcome exchange students to its campus each year. Please read and review this information carefully.

All participants must provide evidence of a solid undergraduate academic record, typically the equivalent of a 3.0 (B) average in the United States.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within two years of the application deadline. Minimum scores for admission:

Students must be nominated to Penn Abroad by their home institution. Once nominated, Penn Abroad will send prospective exchange students a link to access the online application portal. Interested students should contact their home school study abroad office to learn about abuot the nomination process and first steps. 

In addition to biographical information and short essays, students must submit the following application pieces to Penn Abroad:

  • Electronic/unofficial transcript(s) of all undergraduate work

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has instructed the applicant and can attest to their abilities

  • Scanned copy of passport photo page

  • Official hard copy of the TOEFL score report (if applicable)

NOTE: No hard copies are required except official TOEFL/IELTS score reports. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All application components must be submitted by the application deadlines:

  • Spring Semester Deadline: September 20

  • Fall Semester/Academic Year Deadline: March 15

Tuition and student fee charges are waived for exchange students. However, you must budget adequate funds to cover living and personal expenses in Philadelphia. Exchange students who are not US citizens will be required to show adequate financial documentation to prove they can sustain themselves during the duration of their exchange.

Estimated Living Expenses:


Academic Year 19-20

Fall 19 or Spring 20 Semester

Room (Housing)



Board (Meals)



Books and Supplies






Miscellaneous Expenses (local transportation, personal expenses, and fees detailed below)






These figures are only estimates and will vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. All estimates are subject to change without notice. Students will be required to show the total amount on their financial support documentation in order to obtain a student visa. Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services office’s website provides more information.

Exchange students must pay the mandatory New Student Orientation fee (approximately $350) for fall semester entry and the Exchange Student Orientation fee (approximately $175) for spring semester entry. The costs include orientation activities, housing, and many meals over the orientation period. This amount will be charged to students’ Penn.Pay accounts.

All exchange students are required to live in on-campus housing and enroll in a dining plan.

The Student Health Service Clinical Fee, which includes unlimited nursing and doctor visits, is charged to all Penn students, including exchange students each semester.

Questions? Contact to learn more.