Wharton Summer High School Programs

Wharton Essentials of Finance

The Wharton Essentials of Finance (formerly the Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance) program is an intensive two-week summer program for a select group of high school students who are currently in 9th to 12th grades. This two-week experience explores all aspects of finance –from the time value of money and corporate finance to ethics and decision-making.

Program Dates:    May 31-June 13, 2020  /  June 14-June 27, 2020  /  June 28-July 11, 2020  /  July 12-July 25, 2020  /  July 26-August 8, 2020

Application Opens: November 2019
Priority Application Deadline: January 22, 2020
Domestic Application Close: May 1, 2020
International Application Close:
April 1, 2020
Applications will be accepted until all sessions are full.

Location: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

International students in grades 9-12 eager to gain valuable knowledge of finance, investing and accounting are encouraged to apply. Previous understanding of economics or business preferred.

About Wharton Essentials of Finance

Launched in 2019, Wharton Essentials of Finance (formerly the Global Young Leaders Academy-Finance) has already become a staple of Wharton Summer High School Programs. Inspired by the undergraduate finance program at the Wharton School, this program merges real-world understanding of finance with online stock simulations.

Each summer, Wharton Essentials Students:

  • Attend lectures and presentations from notable Wharton faculty, lecturers and PhD students in Huntsman Hall
  • Work in teams to create and present an original final project, which is judged by Wharton faculty and business professionals
  • Advance their understanding of business through lectures, recitations and simulations
  • Explore historic Philadelphia and experience life in a college dormitory on an Ivy League campus

Application Policies and Procedures

Admission to Wharton Essentials of Finance is selective. Each year the admissions committee receives many more applications than there are available places. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence and a genuine interest in developing finance skills.

Application for the program requires:

  • Unofficial high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Short essay
  • Standardized test scores (if applicable*)
  • TOEFL/IELTS results (if applicable**)
  • Financial aid application (if applicable)
  • $100 application fee

*If standardized test scores are not available, applicants should submit a letter of recommendation letter (in PDF format) in lieu of score report documentation in the application.

**If English is not an applicant’s first language and the applicant’s school does not provide instruction in English, the admissions committee requires TOEFL scores. Competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above. SAT or ACT tests may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL.


For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call 516-621-3939.

Please note that participation in Wharton Essentials of Finance does not guarantee admission into Penn.