Exchange at Penn

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 and application instructions.  

Nominated students must submit:  

  • Biographical information 

  • Scanned copy of the biographical page of their passport, showing validity of at least 6 months past the end of the exchange program  

  • Electronic and/or unofficial transcript(s) showing all undergraduate work 

  • Short essays 

  • Proof of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS examination (if applicable) 

All application components must be submitted by the application deadlines: 

  • Fall Semester/Academic Year: March 15 

  • Spring Semester: September 20 

Students will be informed of admissions decisions approximately one month after the deadline. More information can be found on our Accepted Students page.  

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.

The following estimates are for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

Room (Housing)


Board (Meals)


Books and Supplies




Local Transportation $600

Miscellaneous Expenses (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 changeTo determine an estimate for one semester, divide the amounts listed above in half except for the airfare.

To obtain a student visa, students must produce financial documentation showing that they have at least $27,944 (for two semesters) or $13,972 (for one semester) in assets. These numbers are accurate for 2020-2021 but will change for 2021-2022. 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.
Estimated Living Expenses for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be updated in May 2021 on Penn Abroad’s website.

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