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 academic fees are waived for exchange students. Exchange students are responsible for all other expenses incurred during their time at the University of Pennsylvania.

Estimated Living Expenses for the 2020-2021 Academic Year will be updated in March 2020 on Penn Abroad’s website. The following estimates are for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

Room (Housing)


Board (Meals)


Books and Supplies




Local Transportation $600

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


Round-trip flight to Philadelphia (varies) $2,000

Clinical Fee *


Incoming Exchange Orientation & Activities Fee

  • Fall/Academic Year Admitted Students: Approximately $350, covers housing, orientation programming, most meals during New Student Orientation; subsidizes social and cultural programming during the term.

  • Spring Admitted Students: Approximately $155, covers: orientation programming; subsidizes social and cultural programming during the term.

Costs are for the entire academic year unless otherwise noted and are subject to change.

To obtain a student visa, students must produce financial documentation showing that they have at least $27,030 (for two semesters) or $13,515 (for one semester) in assets. These numbers are accurate for 2019-2020, but will change for 2020-2021. Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services office’s website for more information.

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.

Some figures are estimates and may vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. All estimates are subject to change without notice.

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