The International Programs Institute (IPI) provides Penn administrators with a venue to augment their knowledge, skills and competencies regarding areas revolving around services geared for international students and scholars. This professional development and training institute will tackle areas such as but not limited to immigration, technology use in work place and enhancing cross cultural competencies. Attendees will participate in basic and advanced-level workshops, problem solving exercises and share best practices.

"The session overall was greatly organized and well attended.  The sessions were engaging and very easy to follow." - IPI participant feedback, 2012


IPI Contact

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    IPI Founder and Chair of Conference
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    IPI Local Arrangements, Marketing and Publicity

Target Participants

The one day conference is intended for Penn staff and administrators who are involved in:

  • International student admissions
  • Providing academic advice to international students
  • Bringing international scholars
  • Hiring foreign nationals
  • Supervising staff from diverse cultures
  • Student affairs

Registration Process

If you are interested to be part of the IPI, we invite you to register. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis because of limited spots.  We will also invite Penn community members to co-facilitate a session or workshop with ISSS staff. The next IPI is tentatively scheduled for late Fall 2014 or early Spring 2015.

Please be sure that you can commit the time and attend all of the program aspects outlined before submitting your registration as space is limited. There will be a nominal fee of $50 for attendees (to cover all meals and refreshments and workshop materials).

The one-day event is open to the first 75 individuals to register (first come, first served basis).