Online course on Applying to U.S. Universities

Online course on Applying to U.S. Universities


Applying to U.S. Universities is an online course by the University of Pennsylvania, this course will help you understand how the U.S. university application and admission process works for international students and non-native English speakers applying to undergraduate (i.e., bachelor's degree) programmes.

About the course

This course will help international students (non-U.S. citizens) and non-native English speakers navigate the U.S. university admission process by offering practical information about the documents and pieces that make up a U.S. university application. More importantly, admission officers will discuss how they use those pieces to decide who is accepted and who is denied, so that you can understand the process beyond the pieces.

Course Syllabus

Week One: Understanding the U.S. Admission Process

Week Two: Researching Yourself

Week Three: Researching Universities and Creating a Plan

Week Four: The Application Process and Pieces


No specific background is required, but students should have a basic understanding of the U.S. higher education system and how the system works.

Course Format

  • The course consists of a series of short video lectures.
  • Video lectures have integrated quiz questions to ensure that students understand the material before moving forward.
  • The course also include short-answer homework activities that forms the foundation of application process after completing the course.
  • Discussion forums are available for student-to-student discussion and to ask questions of their peers and the instruction team.
  • To earn a Statement of Accomplishment, students must complete all exercises as well as a final, cumulative assignment involving the creation of application materials.

Course Sessions

August 3, 2014 - September 5, 2014

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