International Application Guidelines

Prior to the expected date of entrance at Penn, an international applicant should have completed a program of secondary education that would enable the student to enter a university in his or her own country (e.g., A-levels, Abitur). 

Because Penn's admissions decisions are made prior to the announcement of the results of many national examinations (such as the A-levels or the French Baccalaureate), applicants are expected to be enrolled in programs preparing them for these examinations. Applicants must also request that their schools send Penn predictions of external examination results in addition to the school marks. 

Where national examinations are required for admission to a pre-university program (e.g., GCSE, SPM, HKCE, WASC, O-levels, or India's "Std X" examination), students should have received high marks on these examinations and should present certified copies of the examination results with their applications to Penn. 

We are also interested in learning about your non-scholarly interests, community service, and extracurricular activities (while recognizing that patterns for non-academic involvement vary from country to country). 


TOEFL Examination

Penn's school code is 2926.

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn. Applicants whose families do not speak English at home, or applicants who have not attended a high school or secondary school where the primary language of instruction is English, are asked to take the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language, administered by the Educational Testing Service. Non-native English speakers who are attending English-speaking schools are also encouraged to take the TOEFL. In general, it is good practice for all applicants who have English as a second language to take the TOEFL.

To register, visit TOEFL's website. Results should be forwarded directly to the Penn Office of Admissions.

Prospective applicants should register for TOEFL two-to-three months before the test administration date.

Be sure to designate Penn as a recipient university each time you register. If you are in your final year and are testing in October or later, we recommend that you do not use Score Choice. If you have taken the test but did not designate Penn as a score recipient, please do so afterwards. Send Penn an unofficial copy of your scores as well.

For more information regarding the TOEFL exam, please visit the FAQ page for International Applicants