The University of Pennsylvania's commitment to participation in the international sphere is expressed through three main goals: preparing its students and faculty to be members of a more cohesive world; generating knowledge on a more global orientation; and providing academic resources, to the extent feasible, to nations and to institutions involved in international activities. In keeping with these goals, the University's international activities are currently oriented towards strengthening the already substantial international nature of its people, its academic pursuits, and its programs.

International Programs at the University of Pennsylvania

International Students and Scholars

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the highest-ranking institutions in the country in terms of the number of international students it enrolls. In the academic year beginning in the fall of 1991, there were 2,962 international students from 107 nations enrolled at Penn, comprising fourteen percent of its student body. Eight percent of all undergraduates and twenty percent of graduate and professional students were from other nations. Over the five-year period from 1987- 88 to 1991-92, the number of international undergraduates increased more than fifty percent, while the number of international graduate and professional students increased by nineteen percent.

In general, the largest number of Penn's international students come from Asia, with Japan, China, Korea, India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong all figuring in among the University's top feeder nations. International students enroll in all twelve of Penn's schools. The largest numbers are in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

In addition to attracting a large number of international students, the University hosts hundreds of scholars and other visitors from around the world each year. During the 1991-92 academic year, over 1,100 individuals from more than 74 nations came to Penn to hold faculty, research, and administrative positions for periods of time ranging from several weeks to several years. The largest number of these visitors, 43 percent, is associated with the School of Medicine, followed by the School of Arts and Sciences. Research institutes and hospitals affiliated with the University are also responsible for bringing in a significant number of international visitors.

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January 12, 1993
Volume 39 Number 17

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