No, full-time students must attend our programs on a student visa (unless the student is a US citizen, permanent resident, or has another similar situation).
Please visit our Visa Information page.
Please visit our Apply page, and explore the useful resources on that page, including the Application Checklist.
No, we do not offer conditional admission to Penn. If you are interested in studying in the US for your undergraduate or graduate degree, please check out our University Connection program.
Contact the ELP Enrollment Office by email, email@example.com, or by phone, (215) 898-8681.
Students must turn 18 years old within 6 months of the first day of their program. Some programs require that students be older than 17 to begin the program. If the student must be older than 17, it will be stated under "Requirements" for that specific program.
Yes, once you are in the United States we can assist you in extending your I-20 so that you may lengthen your study period.
In the Intensive Program, University Connection program, and Global Citizen Study Abroad Program, you will have orientation for the first two days of your program. On the second day of orientation, you will receive your class schedule.
For all other programs, you will receive your class schedule the first day of your program.
You will want to arrive in Philadelphia the day before your session begins.
On the first day, you only need to bring your passport and a pen or pencil. You will receive an orientation folder when you arrive that will provide you with information, a map, etc.
Academics and Classroom
For the Intensive Program and University Connection Program, you will take an online placement test prior to arrival to determine your level. Please refer to the Placement in the Intensive Program FAQs page if you have any questions about the online placement test.
Classes typically have 12-15 students, with a maximum of 20 students.
We offer TOEFL preparation courses each session in the Intensive Program/University Connection Program. Students wishing to take the TOEFL test can register online to take the test at the Philadelphia Testing Center.
We provide certificates of attendance to students who do not violate the attendance policy, as stated in the student handbook.
All students can request a transcript of their grades if they would also like record of the courses they took and the grades they received.
All ELP classes are being offered in-person. The ELP follows the University guidelines for COVID.
There are many housing options for ELP students. Please check our housing page to learn about the different options.
Students are not required to stay in one of the housing options listed. Students can make other housing arrangements according to their preferences.
Paying and Money
Unfortunately, the ELP does not offer scholarships or financial aid.
We recommend visiting EducationUSA to learn more about scholarships available for study in the United States.
You will need to submit a $90 enrollment fee and a $310 deposit along with your application. This amount will be credited toward your final bill. The remainder of the tuition and fees will be due at the start of your program.
You will need to pay the initial $400.00 through an international postal money order, traveler’s check, or wire transfer through Flywire. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash as a form of payment for any bills.
Unfortunately, we do not accept credit cards.
Yes, it is University policy that all full-time students on F-1 or J-1 student visas must purchase the insurance through the ELP.
Students not on an F-1 or J-1 visa will need to provide proof of medical insurance.
During the Intensive Program, University Connection Program, and Global Citizen Study Abroad Program orientations, representatives from local banks will be available to help you set up a bank account.
Yes, Penn students are involved in over 650 clubs and organizations, such as the Tai Kwon Do Club, Thai Students Association, and Penn Cycling Club. As an ELP student, you will be able to join many of these clubs.
ELP staff can help you learn more about how to get involved in student organizations on campus.
ELP students can always go to lectures that are open to the Penn community. Students who wish to go to closed lectures can email the professor to request permission to sit-in on a class.
As a Penn student, you will receive a Penn student ID card. The Penn Card will allow you to access Penn's many libraries, museums (Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Arthur Ross Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art), computer labs, arboretum, and transit services. Students may also access Penn's recreation centers with an additional fee.
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Students on an F-1 visa may work part-time (up to 20 hours) on campus. However, ELP students need to compete with Penn university students for on-campus jobs. It therefore can be quite difficult for students to find on-campus jobs during their studies at ELP.
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In order to get a driver's license, you must have an I-20 that extends at least 6 months into the future.
If your I-20 is for the appropriate length of time, you can go to the ELP Main Office to request a letter that you will need to take to the Social Security Card Center. With the letter from the ELP, you will be able to get a Social Security Number denial letter. You will need to take the Social Security Number denial letter, along with 2 forms of proof of residency, your immigration documents, and a medical exam DL-54A form, to the Driver's License Center. Once at the Driver's License Center, you will need to take three tests (vision, knowledge, and driving) to obtain a driver's license.
Please visit the ELP Main Office for more details.