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after completing the necessary requirements in three years. Application is normally made in the student’s junior year.
College students submatriculating in SAS graduate programs are expected to complete both degrees in four years. They may not extend their undergraduate program without special permission. College students submatriculating in non-SAS graduate programs will normally receive their Bachelor of Arts degree after four years and then be considered solely graduate students.
The Joint B.A./J.D. Program
in Arts and Sciences and Law
This rigorous program is for the highly qualified and motivated student. Applicants must be committed to the study of law in its theoretical and practical aspects and accept the challenge of combining the broad overview of undergraduate studies with the specific professional focus of law school.
Urban Education Minor
The minor program in urban education offers College students three options:
 • Students who are majoring in any field may opt to teach elementary school students (grades K-6) by completing the urban elementary education minor, along with a ninth term (post-graduation) of full-time student teaching, to earn the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education certificate in elementary education.
 • Those who are majoring in a field they might want to teach (e.g., history, English, math, science, world languages) can choose to minor in secondary education (grades 7-12) and, with a ninth term of supervised student teaching, gain faculty approval for certification in Pennsylvania.
 • College students who are interested in urban education from a policy or research perspective may choose to minor in the urban education policy option.  This choice does not lead to certification to teach, but to an enriched understanding of the contexts of urban education. Students may then choose to enter the M.S.Ed. degree program to earn the certificate along with a master’s degree in either elementary or secondary education.
Study Off Campus
Study Abroad
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to international education as a way to prepare students to live and work effectively, knowledgeably and sensitively in a world whose cultures and
nations have become increasingly interdependent.
Semester and Full-Year Programs
Each year, approximately 600 Penn undergraduates attend credit-bearing programs abroad. The University’s Office of International Programs offers an extraordinary range of programs in virtually every academic discipline and located in approximately 50 countries. Students with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 may choose to study abroad for the fall or spring semester, or for a whole academic year. They will pay regular Penn tuition and continue to receive financial aid as if they were in residence on Penn’s campus. Under this arrangement, students study in Penn-affiliated programs, and their grades become a regular part of their transcript and are tabulated into their Penn grade point average.
Summer Study Abroad
Students who are unable to or do not wish to study abroad during the regular academic year may choose to study abroad in the summer through the summer study-abroad programs offered by the College of General Studies. Approximately 2,000 students attend these programs every summer. In most cases, financial aid does not extend to summer programs. Grades earned on Penn summer study abroad are tabulated into the student’s grade point average. Students interested in Penn summer study abroad should consult the website.
Summer Study Abroad at Other Universities
Students may choose to study abroad in the summer through an institution other than Penn. In order to do so, they must seek prior approval from academic departments at Penn for the credits they wish to transfer back. These credits will be treated as credit away and the grades will not be tabulated into the Penn grade point average.
Quaker Consortium
Penn students have the unique opportunity to study at Bryn Mawr, Haverford or Swarthmore College during the fall and spring terms of the academic year. Penn and these three schools constitute the Quaker Consortium and have a reciprocal agreement for tuition and the granting of grades and credits for work completed at any one of the participating institutions.
Consortium agreements do not apply to summer school, which is treated as credit away. Students may search course