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Dates and Costs

The IECP offers two 15-week semesters and a 10-week summer session each year.
Summer 2019Fall 2019Spring 2020Summer 2020
Application Deadline* April 15, 2019* July 8, 2019* Nov 15, 2019* April 10, 2020*
Mandatory Check-in & Orientation May 14-16, 2019 Aug 19-21, 2019 Jan 7-9, 2020 May 12-14, 2020
Placement Test May 15, 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Jan 8, 2020 May 13, 2020
Classes Begin May 20, 2019 Aug 26, 2019 Jan 13, 2020 May 18, 2020
Classes End July 26, 2019 Dec 13, 2019 May 5, 2020 July 28, 2020

* Application Deadline notes

New applicants outside the U.S.: Visa processing can take up to 4 weeks. New students outside the U.S. who need a Penn State I-20 to obtain a student visa should submit all application materials NO LATER THAN 2 MONTHS before the IECP arrival day.

Transfer students currently in the U.S.: Transfer students currently living in the U.S. must submit all application materials (including a copy of your current I-20) no later than 1 MONTH before the IECP arrival day.

IECP policies on transfer student admissions:

  • Require grade reports/transcripts from current IEP.
  • Call the current IEP to ask about attendance or other problems—often find that the student’s status has been terminated by the program.
  • Transfer students who have failed their last semester at a previous IEP must pass their first semester at the IECP or face dismissal. Transfer students who have passed their last semester are subject to the same 2-semester-fail you’re out rule.
  • Sponsor students: Essential to get the start date of the FG for a transfer student – usually speak with their advisor once students arrive.
  • Ask the current IEP if the student is eligible to be re-admitted – this usually demonstrates whether they have grade or attendance issues.


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All costs described here are in U.S. dollars.

Application Fee

All applicants must pay a $100 application fee. This fee is nonrefundable and does not apply to IECP tuition.

How to pay:
To pay online with a Visa or Mastercard, please following the online instructions after you have completed your application.  If you need to use the online payment option after you have submitted your application, please contact

Send a bank check or international money order for $100 U.S. dollars by post.
Make payable to The Pennsylvania State University.

To pay by credit card, call the office at 814-865-7550 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern standard time. Contact the IECP office about wire/telex transfers.

Cash payments may be made in person during regular office hours.

Tuition and Living Expenses

IECP collects tuition payments directly during Registration, which happens during orientation week before the semester begins.

Penn State's IECP 2018 estimated costs for full-time students
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Fall 2018

Spring 2019Summer 2019Fall 2019
Tuition IECP $7,000 $7000 $5600 $7000
Books/Supplies PSU Bookstore $300 $300 $300 $325
Living Expenses Various $7,200 $7200 $4,800 $7200
Health Insurance United Health (Student) $1015 $1604 $1015
Total (Estimate)


$16,104 $12,304 $15, 540

All F-1 and J-1 students need to provide evidence of financial support with their application. Details are provided during the application process.

    • There is a 10% part-time student fee on tuition (included in part-time costs at time of payment).


For dependents, estimated additional insurance and living expenses are as follows:

For a full year
a spouse: $10,100 estimated 
a child: $7,800 first and second child, $3,500 each additional child estimated

For a semester
a spouse: $2,300 to $4,500 estimated, depending on semester
a child: $1,800 to $3,500 estimated, depending on semester


Starting in the Fall 2019, the IECP recommend the Global Engagement Community (GEC) on-campus housing option. Click here for more information.

IECP Tuition Refund Policy

The $100 application fee is nonrefundable.

If a student is dismissed from the program, no tuition will be refunded.

If a student withdraws from the program, a tuition refund will be made based on the week of the semester. Notification of withdrawal should be made in writing and delivered to the IECP office. The date on which the written notification is received by the IECP will determine the amount of the refund. Please see the current IECP Handbook for details about the IECP Tuition Refund Policy.