Penn Abroad


Studying abroad is one of the most exciting opportunities available to Penn undergraduates. The University advocates international experience as a vital part of a liberal arts and pre-professional education, and encourages study—both on campus and abroad—that enhances students’ understanding of the world’s peoples, economies, and environments, as well as their interdependence.

Penn Abroad offers one of the most extensive study abroad networks of any Ivy League university. Students may choose to study abroad for a semester or an entire academic year.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we travel the world with Penn Abroad.


Approximate number of students per year who spend a semester or academic year abroad through programs offered by Penn Abroad.


Expected grade point average of students wishing to apply for study abroad. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 must obtain special permission from their home school academic advisor.


Number of letters of academic recommendation from instructors required for all Penn Abroad participants. The instructors must have taught students at the undergraduate level.


Length, in minutes, of the Penn Abroad 101 session, which is required for all students applying to study abroad. The session offers a general overview of the study abroad experience.


Number of locations, on six continents, where students have the opportunity to live and study.

Originally published on October 11, 2012