Guide to International Applications

International Students: Here are a few tips to help you get started with your Penn State application today.  The application is available now for summer and fall 2013.

To get started, you will need to create your MyPennState profile that includes your full name and contact information  Because materials for applicants are filed alphabetically under the family name as indicated on the application, it is important that all forms, records, and correspondence consistently use the same name (family and given) and spelling.

Once your profile is created, you can sign in to your MyPennState account to work on your application.  Remember, you can log off and your work will be saved as long as you click the “Save and Continue” button at the end of each page.  Don’t forget to come back and submit it when you are ready! There is a $65 application fee that can be paid online with a Visa or MasterCard.

Along with the application, you will need to supply additional international application requirements.  Please keep in mind that all documents should be submitted in their original language, and documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified line-by-line literal English translation. All documents must be in paper form; electronic copies are not considered official and will therefore not be accepted.

All documents submitted for review must be official, that is, they must be either originals or copies certified by the examining board. A “certified” copy is one that bears an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution’s seal, or signature/seal of the examining board. Uncertified or notarized copies are not acceptable.  You can find a list of required credentials from selected countries here.

Most importantly, Penn State has recommended submission dates for the international application.  Keep in mind that some programs have required application deadlines.  For example, complete applications for Architecture, and the Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program are required by November 30, 2012.

After you have submitted your application, you can check your status within MyPennState to see which items we might be missing from you.  Also check your email, including your spam or junk mailbox, for emails from Penn State about your application.

All of this information and more can be found on our website. If you have any questions, you can email us at or join us for our first international chat on Wednesday, September 19 (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST).

With these helpful hints, we hope you click the “Apply” button to get started now on your Penn State application!

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