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

Our admissions decisions are made prior to the announcement of the results of many national examinations (such as the A-levels or the French Baccalaureate), so applicants are expected to be enrolled in programs that prepare them for these examinations. If you are enrolled in a program that will not release external examination results prior to our application deadlines, you must request that your school send us predictions of external examination results along with your grades.

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

Penn is a diverse community of students who contribute in many different ways, so we’re 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).

English Language Proficiency Tests

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. In the event the TOEFL is not readily accessible, Penn will accept results from the IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. Non-native English speakers who are attending English-speaking schools are also encouraged to take one of these exams.

Prospective applicants should register for TOEFL two-to-three months before the test administration date. To register, visit TOEFL's website. Results should be forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions. Penn’s school code for the TOEFL is 2926. Prospective applicants can find more information on registering for the IELTS here.

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.