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University of Pennsylvania - Summer Global Institute
Philadelphia PA, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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Agreement Scope:
Arts and Social Sciences, Science
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Program Type:
Non-Exchange Short-Term
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Short-term Duration:
5-6 weeks
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University of Pennsylvania
Penn Summer Global Institute

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Program dates: 26 June – 4 August 2018
Application deadline: 1 May 2018
Duration: 5 weeks

Program Description
University of Sydney students have the opportunity to spend 6 weeks of their winter holidays undertaking two undergraduate classes at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as, social and cultural activities in and around Philadelphia.

View the Penn Global Summer Institute website.

Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate
Language:  English
Relevant subject areas: Business*, economics, science, arts and social sciences, languages
Credit points: 1 credit unit per course (usually 2 taken)
General conversion: 1 UPenn credits = 6 USyd credits

*Note: You may take a maximum of 1 course from the Wharton School of Business.
Courses available: Due to University of Sydney semester dates you can choose two courses from Penn Summer Session II.
View full course list and syllabi on the Penn website.

Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit.

Useful Information 

Local Overview
Just 145 km from New York City, Philadelphia boasts historic colonial buildings, wide streets and open public spaces as well as great food, music and arts scenes. It was once the second largest city in the British Empire, after London, and the country’s capital at the start of the Revolutionary War. Penn’s campus offers beautiful recreational spaces and it’s unique among Ivy League universities for having all of its schools located on a single campus.
Host institution
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is a private, Ivy League comprehensive teaching and research university. Penn is renowned for its teaching, world-class faculty and quality students. Established in 1740 it is one of the oldest universities in the United States of America. 

Penn’s history is closely bound with that of the United States and it boasts several historic landmarks, including the country’s first student union and first double-decker college football stadium. It’s rich with tradition, including the famous Locust Walk, the statue of Franklin on a bench, and its Quakers team. Penn is a research powerhouse, with 165 research centres and institutes on campus, but it’s also known for its civic engagement.

On-campus housing in a double room is included in the program fee. This is a great way to experience American College Life!


Program fee: 2018 will be announced in February 2018. 2017 fees provided for reference only.
2017 program fees 2 x School of Arts and Sciences courses: USD$11,200 (approx. AUD$13,895)
2017 program fees 1 x School of Arts and Sciences course, 1 Wharton course: USD$12,678 (approx. AUD$15,730)

Program fee includes: Tuition (two courses), housing, meals, orientation, extracurricular activities, student academic advisor.

Scholarships: 10 x $1,500 Sydney Abroad scholarships are available. Once you have completed the Sydney Abroad application and been accepted by University of Pennsylvania you will automatically be assessed for these scholarships.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: flights, visa, insurance, personal expenses

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required. 

How to Apply

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select appropriate units of study at your host institution which can be credited towards your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult your Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Please ensure you read all information on this brochure page, taking note of and deadlines and any requirements detailed.

To apply to this program you will need to:
1. Commence the Sydney Abroad application by clicking the 'Apply' button below.
2. Follow instructions provided within the Sydney Abroad application to complete and submit the host application prior to the host deadline.
3. If you wish to request academic credit for this overseas program, submit an application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as possible.
4. If accepted by the host, upload your acceptance to your Sydney Abroad application and click 'Submit Application'.

Applications have now closed for Jul 2018.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of you academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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