International Applicants

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In addition to the standard application requirements, international students should review the additional instructions for transcript evaluations and standardized test requirements. International applicants to master's programs are strongly encouraged to file all admission materials 12 weeks in advance of the stated program deadlines.

Transcript Evaluation

All students must have (or will have prior to matriculation) the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Applicants with international degrees and/or coursework must have their educational credentials evaluated, course-by-course, using a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation includes elements related to your prior studies: (1) the courses taken as part of your studies; (2) the grades received for those courses; (3) the actual degree or title conferred; and (4) the date the degree was conferred or awarded. For a list of NACES agencies, go to www.naces.org/members

 

Standardized Test Requirements

In addition to taking the GRE, international students who do not have an undergraduate or a graduate degree from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction must take either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS exam and submit their test scores with their application for admission.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

All students, regardless of citizenship, are automatically considered for Penn GSE merit-based scholarships. International students are also eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. Additional financial aid is available through several external resources.

The following is a partial list of scholarships available for international students.

Aga Khan International Scholarship Programme

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses.

American Association for University Women (AAUW)

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Scholarships can be up to $18,000 USD.

Margaret Mcnamara Memorial Fund (MMMF)

The MMMF awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from eligible developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children. Applications are made online at the MMMF website during periods indicated for each program cycle (US/Canada, South Africa and Latin America).

Penn-UNESCO Fellowships for Developing Country Scholars

Students accepted into the International Educational Development Program (IEDP) may apply to receive one of two full tuition international fellowships under the Penn GSE–UNESCO Chair, founded in 2012. This fellowship, under the auspices of the International Educational Development Program, is the first of its kind in the U.S., and is designed to support promising professionals devoted to international education in the developing world.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from non-U.S. countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. Scholarships can be up to $12,500 USD.

Rotary International Global Grants

The Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 USD.

Additional Resources for International Students

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 

ISSS aims to provide immigration assistance as well as a sense of community for the international population at the University of Pennsylvania.

New Student Information and Visa Processing

ISSS provides an extensive FAQ and an online step-by-step guide, with a video, to help walk new international students through the I-20 application process.

Penn English Language Programs

Education USA

Financial Aid Eligibility for non-US Citizens