International Students

In addition to American students pursing research and educational opportunities outside the United States, SP2 also welcomes nationals of other countries into its degree programs.  During the current academic year, approximately 50 international students are enrolled in the School’s masters and doctoral programs. Like their American counterparts many of these students also wish to participate in programs of international study outside of the United States and outside their country of origin.

The administrative and financial arrangements associated with each international student’s enrollment in the School’s degree-granting programs are determined on a case-by-case basis. Once admitted to any of the School’s degree programs, however, international students may participate in any of the formal or informal study abroad opportunities that are available to other students.

Further, international students are encouraged to use as many of their courses at Penn as practical to deepen their understanding of both the American social work, social welfare and social policy traditions along with those of their country of origin.

Learn about applying to SP2 as an international student.

SP2 News

U.S./Mexico border with wall in foreground and mountains behind

Faculty & Research

The state of U.S. immigration

Immigration is once again front and center in the national debate. Approximately 65,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the United States after...

Dennis Culhane stands in front of a class of students. All are wearing face masks.

Faculty & Research

‘The passionate pursuit of social justice’

The School of Social Policy & Practice addresses social inequities through research. After majoring in psychology, John Gyourko spent 10 years exploring...

School of Social Policy & Practice sign on the Caster Building seen with pink azaleas.

Student Life, Alumni Stories

SP2 Mentor Collective Connects Students with Supportive Alums

Navigating the student experience at a rigorous Ivy League institution like Penn – and planning for what comes next—comes with...

Jennifer Prah

Faculty & Research

New Director of the Ortner Center

Dean Sara S. Bachman is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer J. Prah, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity,...

Discover More