Application Process

Students who have completed the Steps to Study Abroad and are ready to open a Penn State application for their selected education abroad program, must follow the instructions and process outlined on this page. All students are required to submit an online application through the online Penn State application portal by the appropriate deadline for the term they are applying to (see "Application Timeline" on this page). To assist students with the process, we have detailed application instructions and an explanation of how to request an electronic academic recommendation.

Please note: If you are interested in an embedded program, deadlines and instructions listed on this page do not apply to you. Please contact the faculty leader of your selected embedded program for more information.

Application Timeline

Please review the Penn State education abroad application timeline for the approriate term. Penn State applications are opened well in advance of the deadlines and exceptions will not be made for missing them. Students with questions about the Penn State application timeline or deadlines for specific programs should contact their Penn State education abroad adviser.

Penn State Application Deadlines, Notifications, and Commitments

Term Penn State Application Deadline Penn State Application Decision Penn State Commitment Deadline
Summer January 24 February 7 February 26
Fall and Academic Year March 1* March 12 March 24
Spring (Early Action Deadline) May 15** June 12 October 7
Spring (Final Deadline) September 10 September 27 October 7

Applications for summer, fall, and academic year programs typically open in early October. Applications for spring programs typically open in late January.

*Fall and Academic Year Deadline Exceptions

The following programs have an early Penn State application deadline of January 24 for the fall and academic year terms due to early partner application deadlines:

  • Dept ENGR & EMS: Sendai, Tohoku University
  • IES: Nagoya, Nanzan University
  • Mito: Ibaraki University
  • IES: Oxford, St. Catherine's College
    • The January 24 deadline for the IES Oxford program is for the fall, academic year, and spring terms

**Spring Term Deadline Exceptions

Students interested in applying to any of the following education abroad programs for the spring semester, should submit their Penn State applications by the May 15 early action deadline.

  • Auckland: University of Auckland
  • Florence: International Studies Institute (ISI) at Palazzo Rucellai
  • IES: Amsterdam
  • IES: London, University College London
  • IES: Nagoya, Nanzan University
  • National University of Singapore (exchange program)
  • SFS: Australia
  • SFS: Bhutan
  • SFS: Costa Rica
  • SFS: Panama
  • Sydney: University of New South Wales

If you have any questions about the Penn State application process, please consult with the appropriate Penn State education abroad adviser.