The Huntsman Program encourages applications from students with a genuine interest in both business and international affairs. Applicants are expected to be academically accomplished and have achieved intermediate-level proficiency in their target language. The ideal Huntsman student is well-rounded and demonstrates leadership potential and a global perspective.


Students apply to the Huntsman Program as part of their general application to Penn. Embedded in the Common Application are the Penn essays, including the Huntsman Program segment as part of the coordinated dual degree section.


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As you research universities, think about the bigger picture and the environment you want to be in after high school and beyond. If you feel that the Huntsman Program, and Penn, are the best fit for you, we encourage you to apply through our Early Decision program.



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We know that you are trying to learn as much as you can about the Huntsman Program in order to decide if it is the best fit for you. Take a look at our helpful FAQs for more information about admissions requirements, life in Huntsman, and more.

What makes the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business unique?

The Huntsman Program is designed in such a way that students develop specialized knowledge in the area of the world in which their target language is spoken and graduate with a nuanced understanding of the political, economic, and cultural complexities in a changing world. It is an integrated curriculum that encompasses the examination of international studies through a social science lens, the study of international business perspectives, and deep engagement with a region of the world through advanced language acquisition and area studies courses that are usually taken during the required semester abroad. While Huntsman students specialize in one area of the world, they also acquire a comprehensive understanding of the changing global environment.

What is a Target Language, and why does an applicant select one?

When applying to the Huntsman Program an applicant must choose a Target Language. There are 11 Target Languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Students typically demonstrate advanced language proficiency when applying to the Huntsman Program.

The Target Language serves as a focal lens from which the student will gain a more nuanced understanding of the political, economic, and cultural complexities in this changing world; and the mandatory semester abroad is an opportunity for students to advance their language proficiency and gain an immersive experience into this understanding.


What is the Huntsman Program residency program?

For the first year Huntsman Program students live in King’s Court College House. They occupy the third floor of a coed dorm. The residency program was established to foster a community among the Huntsman Program cohort that will endure throughout their four years at Penn and beyond.

Huntsman Program students will have on- and off-campus options after their first year at Penn. In many situations, Huntsman students continue to live together. However, students may decide to live in different campus housing options, including fraternity and sorority houses, as well as in the various housing options near campus.


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