Penn GSE is one of the most diverse schools on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. We have students from all walks of life, various stages of their education and careers, coming from 31 countries across the globe, representing nearly 30 percent of our student body. #YouAreWelcomeHere


How to Apply

International Students

Penn GSE welcomes students from across the world. In addition to the standard application requirements, international students should review the additional instructions for transcript evaluations and standardized test requirements. International applicants are strongly encouraged to file all admission materials 12 weeks in advance of the stated program deadlines.


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Support for International Students

Scholarship and Assistantships

All students, regardless of citizenship, are automatically considered for Penn GSE merit-based scholarships. Learn more about additional scholarships available for international students and well as financial aid eligibility for non-U.S. citizens.

International Student and Scholar Services

ISSS aims to provide immigration assistance, extensive FAQ, an online step-by-step guide (with a video to help walk new international students through the I-20 application process), and a sense of community for the international population at the University of Pennsylvania.

English Language Programs

The University of Pennsylvania’s English Language Programs (ELP) offers unparalleled opportunities for learning English in the United States.

Education USA

Education USA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. Locate your nearest advising center.

Penn's Campus

Traveling to Penn

Philadelphia is the 6th largest city in the U.S.—Penn GSE is located less than 2 hours away from New York City and Washington, D.C., making it close to major international airports, public transit, and top tourist attractions.

On- and Off-Campus Housing

Moving to Philadelphia? Review the on-campus and off-campus housing options available to graduate students.

Campus Safety and Security

Find out how Penn works to keep students safe and what services are available to you.

STEM OPT Eligible

Did you know that several of our programs qualify as approved STEM fields of study? Eligible F-1 students with STEM degrees who finish their program of study and participate in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT (often for 12 months) have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension (for 24 months). Qualifying STEM programs include: