University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States of America

Language of instruction


For the third year running, University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing has been named the number one nursing school in the world. Join the ranks of Penn Nursing experts and leaders who have been advancing science and delivering solutions, shaping policy and practice, and engaging communities to promote health for over a century.

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is a historic and vibrant city that has much to offer Penn students. Run the steps like Rocky and grab an authentic Philly cheesesteak.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

* U.Penn Nursing is only available to nursing students for Spring Semester/UQ Semester 1. Students must apply by the 31 May deadline.

View the Penn academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery
    Semester 1, 2018
    You will learn so much – about your studies and the world in general – and if you take every opportunity you can, you’ll remember this experience for a long time.

Full-time study load

4 credit units at University of Pennsylvania is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Penn.

Find courses

Search Penn Nursing's course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Nursing and midwifery

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Living on-campus is an essential part of the Penn experience. All exchange students are required to live on-campus and participate in a dining plan. Students are welcome to live in any of the Four-Year or Upperclass communities if space is available. Information regarding on-campus housing options and applications is available through the Penn Residential Services webpage.

Cost of living

The University of Pennsylvania provides an outline of the estimated costs to consider for exchange students studying in Philadelphia.

Additional Mandatory Fees

UPenn has additional mandatory fees which are outlined on the estimated costs page. These fees cannot not be waived. The New Student Orientation fee and Student health services apply to all exchange students.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) requires that all full-time students obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage that meets certain standards. Penn sponsors a student plan which is strongly recommended. Visit the Student Health Services Office of Student Insurance for details.

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan if they have additional cover that meets UPenn's minimum waiver requirements.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets UPenn's minimum waiver requirements. Please note that the waiver of the Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and subject to approval from UPenn.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

Penn provides visa and immigration information for exchange students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.