General Study Program

Penn State offers each summer over 400 summer credit courses. Although some courses have prerequisites, expert advisers are available to help international students make appropriate choices. Undergraduate and graduate students can select their own course options.  With 13 specialized colleges and roughly 160 major fields of study, Penn State provides a wealth of academic opportunities for students with varied interests. Courses in diverse engineering disciplines, social sciences, humanities, business, natural sciences, and many more are available in the summer. Our offerings are university-credit courses that could be transferred to other institutions.

Our international summer session is designed both for students with native or fluent English skills and for those who would like to improve their English proficiency. For improvement of English skills, international students are highly encouraged to take one of our specially designed ESL courses, along with another course of their choice.