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The Penn State World Campus network spans the globe, with students and alumni originating from all seven continents — including Antarctica. That means your Penn State education will be recognized worldwide. If you are an international student, please review the following information to determine what documentation you will need to apply. If you have additional questions after reviewing the information, please contact us.
All Penn State business, including course instruction, is conducted in English; a proficiency in English is required for all students.
Undergraduate programs: International students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency. Please refer to the "English Language Proficiency" section of the Undergraduate Admissions International Requirements page to learn more.
Graduate programs: All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). See the English Proficiency section of the Graduate School’s How to Apply page to learn more about acceptable scores and exceptions to this requirement.
Undergraduate programs: All documentation should be submitted in the original language. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified, line-by-line, literal English translation. Please refer to the Academic Records section of the Undergraduate Admissions International Requirements page to learn more.
Graduate programs: The requirements for degree and certificate programs vary:
Undergraduate programs: Admissions requirements (including evaluation of transcripts and transfer credits) for undergraduate degree programs are available on the Undergraduate Admissions web page for International Applicants.
Graduate programs: For admission to the Graduate School, international applicants must have a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Information about admissions requirements for graduate programs can be found on the "Admissions" page within each degree or certificate program pages.
Important: Some of our graduate-level business programs (e.g., iMBA and Project Management) require travel to the United States to fulfill particular degree requirements.
Payments from students living outside the United States must be in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank.