Undergraduate Admissions

Penn State Campuses: International

Penn State isn't a single place. Our multicampus system has twenty undergraduate locations throughout Pennsylvania. Most of Penn State's over 160 majors can be started at any campus. When completing your application, please provide a first choice and an alternate choice campus from the list below.

Map: Penn State Commonwealth Campuses

Choose a campus from the dropdown menu below for more information:

Penn State 2+2 Plan

Penn State 2+2 (pdf)

Penn State's 2+2 Plan

Some students choose to remain at one campus for all four years, while other students spend their first two years at one campus and transition to another for their remaining two years. To transition between campuses, the only requirement is that you meet the entrance to major requirements for your selected major. The vast majority of our majors can be completed in this fashion. We call it the 2+2 plan and it’s the most common path to a Penn State degree--about 60% of our students opt for this path in a typical year.

Choosing your Campus:

International Applicants who reside outside of the U.S.

International Applicants who reside outside of the U.S. may apply to 18 PSU campuses which provide International student support services. Please explore our campus links for more information about on and off campus housing, campus locations and campus life.

International Applicants who reside in the U.S.

International Applicants who reside in the U.S may apply to all PSU campuses. When completing your application, you may choose from among our twenty campuses: We encourage you select a first choice and an alternate choice campus.

Choosing Your Semester

University Park:
Summer is a great time to start at Penn State University Park. Students starting in the summer take their first Penn State classes in a supportive, relaxed environment. The summer semester, which generally runs from the end of June to the middle of August, is a six-week program in which students usually take two courses for six academic credits.

The summer semester is slightly less competitive, and a student may qualify to start in the summer if he or she did not qualify for the fall. International students beginning in the summer have the option to participate in the International Learning Edge Academic Program (iLEAP). iLEAP allows a group of students to attend the same two study area courses together. In this way, participants make friends from different cultures and become well acquainted with other students in their group. International students may also participate in the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP). LEAP also enrolls American students and provides other study area options.

Information on LEAP and iLEAP

Other Campuses: Summer is not available at other campuses for first-year students.

Fall (Starts at the end of August)
The majority of first-year students start in the fall semester. International students are expected to attend an orientation that begins in early August. Orientation dates vary by campus.

Spring (Starts in Early January)
A limited number of first-year students are admitted for the spring semester, therefore admission may be more competitive for certain campuses and/or programs. The spring semester begins in early January.