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ISPP: International Spouses and Partners at Penn

ISSS would like to welcome International Spouses and Partners to the Penn (ISPP) community.  We understand that the families of Penn Students and Scholars are important to their success here in the United States.  It is our hope that your time here will be an enriching experience for every member of your family. 

2014 Events & Programs


  • Spring 2014 ISPP Welcome Meeting/Orientation (February 20, 2014, 11am - noon at ISSS)
  • 2013 Events & Programs
    • Fall 2013 ISPP Welcome Meeting/Orientation (11am - noon on 10/24/2013 @ ISSS)
    • Penn Family Day, October 26, 2013 (Penn faculty and staff to bring family and friends)

    • Penn Women's Center 40th Anniversary Open House, October 4, 2013, 2-4pm (by PWC)

    • ISSS Philadelphia Magic Gardens & South Street (10:15am - 2:30pm on 9/27/2013)

    • Welcome Back Brunch & Play Date for Students with Children, September 21, 2013, 10:30am - 12 noon (by Family Resource Center)

    • Programs at Penn Museum (throughout the year)

    • ISPP - Cook and Catch Up at the Penn Women's Center (10am - 1pm on 5/31/2013)

    • CPR Training for Parents at Penn, April 6, 2013, 9am - noon (by PWC)

    • ISPP - Cook and Catch Up (10am - 1pm on 3/22/2013)

    • Spring 2013 ISPP Orientation (1:30 - 3pm on 2/4/2013)

    • RAD Self Defense Courses, Spring and Fall 2013 schedule is out (by Division of Public Safety)

    • Penn Museum's Chinese New Year Celebration, 2/2/2013 (by Penn Museum)

  • 2012 Events & Programs
    • Driving in the U.S. Workshop (November 27, 2012)
    • ISPP International Potluck (November 8, 2012)
    • CPR Training for Parents, 11/10/2012 (by Family Resource Center)
    • Halloween Party for Students and Post-docs with children, 10/31/2012 (by Family Resource Center)
    • ISPP Fall 2012 Orientation (October 25, 2012)
    • Trip to the Amish Country (September 22, 2012)
    • DPS Kids Safety Day, 7/31/2012 (by Division of Public Safety)
    • ISPP Spring 2012 Orientation (February 16, 2012)
  • 2011 Events & Programs
    • ISPP Halloween Gathering (October 27, 2011)       
    • ISPP Open Forum (October 3, 2011)
    • ISPP Open Forum (September 29, 2011)

Resources for ISPP

  • Family Resource Center - is a hub for information, resources, activities and advocacy for students and post-docs with children
  • Graduate Student Center - provides a stimulating intellectual and social community of graduate students and scholars from across Penn’s twelve schools
  • Penn Women’s Center - supports the evolving needs of all women at Penn
  • PennCard Center - family members are also entitled to a PennCard (spouse, domestic partners, children).
  • Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) - provides biomedical postdocs with the highest quality training in and outside of the labs
  • Kids in Center City - provides resources for parents and family friendly events
  • Visit Philly - provides city information and things to do in and around Philadelphia

Participants' View

"ISPP provides excellent guidance and support for foreign spouses and partners of Penn students and scholars.  ISPP also gave me the opportunity to meet other foreign spouses and partners on a regular basis.  I enjoyed meeting new people and making new friendships."

Tatiana Prihodova
Partner of Wharton MBA Student

ISPP Contact Information

  • Donna Steinfeldt – main contact for the email listserv sign ups
    International Student and Scholar Advisor
  • Shinn Ko - ISPP Creator
    Senior Associate Director
  • Jeremy Spohr - ISPP event co-coordinator
    International Student and Scholar Advisor