Global Centers and Programs


Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center

3708 Chestnut Street

The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center is Penn's resource for enhancing student's intercultural knowledge, competency, and leadership through our programs, advising, and advocacy.


Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women

3340 Walnut Street

The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women is an important resource for fulfilling the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to interdisciplinarity, diversity and problem-solving at the local, national and global level.


Botswana-UPenn Partnership

240 John Morgan Building, 3620 Hamilton Walk

The Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) believes that quality medicine should be available to populations in need. Through clinical care, research and medical education, it is devoted to building capacity in sustainable and high quality healthcare in Botswana. The BUP is comprised of three main partners: the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania.


Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

Annenberg School for Communication

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) is an institute of advanced study that aims to produce world class, field-defining research, grounded in a vision of “inclusive globalization” that embraces bottom-up actors and the stunning diversity of global media, politics and culture.



Center for Africana Studies

3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A

The Center for Africana Studies is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the peoples of Africa and their diasporas. Through its research, academic initiatives and public programming, the Center’s work seeks to explore the profound ways in which African peoples have functioned on a global scale and how their experiences have resonated around the world throughout history.


Center for Asian Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom Street

The Center for Asian Law (CAL) at Penn is a collaborative faculty and student effort to nurture innovative thinking on and analysis of international, and comparative law and policy in Asia.


Center for East Asian Studies

642 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary unit composed of faculty members whose teaching and research focus primarily on China, Japan, Korea, and bordering areas.


Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL)

University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom Street

CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in 21st century warfare and national security.


Center for Global Health

240 John Morgan Building, 3620 Hamilton Walk

The mission of the Center for Global Health is to improve health equity worldwide – through enhanced public health awareness and access to care, discovery and outcomes based research, and comprehensive educational programs grounded in partnership. 


Center for Global Women's Health

418 Curie Boulevard

The Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) is an interdisciplinary collection of faculty and students who collaborate on women’s health scholarship, education, and clinical practice relevant to global issues.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy

3815 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6179

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.


Center for Italian Studies

521 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street

The Center for Italian Studies, the first of its kind in the United States, was created in 1978. The Center's mission is to support Penn's faculty and students in their research and pedagogy, while engaging the latest trends in Italian Studies, including topics of literature, music, theatre, art, film, history, politics, economy, and society; to broaden the impact of Penn-based Italian Studies beyond Penn’s campus; to foster relationships between Penn and the following constituencies: Philadelphia’s Italian-American community, governmental entities representing Italy in the U.S., research centers and cultural organizations promoting Italian issues in the U.S.


Center for Public Health Initiatives

Anatomy Chemistry Building, Room 148, 3620 Hamilton Walk

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) is a university-wide center which was founded in 2007 by the Provost’s Office with the mission of educating and training new and emerging public health leaders, fostering multi-disciplinary collaborations, and promoting excellence in public health research and community partnerships.


Center for the Advanced Study of India

3600 Market Street Suite 560, Philadelphia PA 19104

Founded in 1992, the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania is the first research institution in the United States dedicated to the study of contemporary India. A national resource, it fills an urgent need for objective knowledge of India's politics and society, rapidly changing economy, and transformation as both an ancient civilization and major contemporary power.


The Center for the Study of Contemporary China

The Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) was established in 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania to advance Penn’s leadership in programs, research, and scholarship about the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping China and its role in the world today. The Center sustains and extends the University’s work on and partnerships in China, providing an institutional home for campus-wide collaboration among departments, programs, institutes, faculty and students at Penn engaged in work pertaining to contemporary China. The Center also provides support for faculty and graduate student research and hosts visiting international scholars and prominent public leaders.


Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships serves as the University of Pennsylvania's information hub and primary support office for Penn students and alumni considering applying for major grants and fellowships.


Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics

222 Stiteler Hall, 208 South 37th Street

Founded with support of Penn alumnus Christopher H. Browne, C' 69, the Center sponsors a regular schedule of visiting speakers, awards research grants to Penn faculty and graduate students, organizes occasional conferences, and hosts a post-doctoral fellow, as well as distinguished visiting scholars.


Civic House

Civic House is Penn's hub for student-led community servic and social advocacy work. Civic House promotes mutually beneficial collaborations between the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, and beyond. Through education, community connections, and other resources, Civic House prepares students for responsible and effective civic engagement and leadership. Civic House's vision is to support Penn students in responsible community engagement and inspire them to serve as lifelong thoughtful citizens and advocates for social change.


Department of Africana Studies

3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A

Africana Studies at Penn is marked not only by interdisciplinarity, but also by a cross-regional approach that includes North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. The Department is committed to a cooperative and cross-regional studies approach that brings fresh perspectives to studying and teaching a new global black studies.


Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

847 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street

EALC is a department of interdisciplinary scholars who focus on the humanistic tradition of East Asia, covering both the classical and modern civilizations of China, Japan and Korea. It teaches and conducts research in the disciplines of history, literary history, linguistics, art history, performance and gender studies, philosophy, religion and ethics.


Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

745 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest academic program in German Studies in North America. The department is committed to its strong tradition in literary studies, while its distinguished faculty also represent a range of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the field.


Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

847 Williams Hall, 255 South, 36th Street

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) engages in the interdisciplinary humanistic study and teaching of the cultures of the Near East (often called the Middle East) as they express themselves in languages and texts, including both written and oral sources, as well as art, architecture, archaeology and material culture. These cultures encompass the geographic region that stretches from North Africa through the eastern Mediterranean, Arabia and Iran.


Department of Romance Languages

255 South, 36th Street, 521 Williams Hall

The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania offers courses in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan languages, literatures, and cultures at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


Fels Institute of Government

3814 Walnut Street

For over 80 years, the Fels Institute has prepared its students for a broad range of public leadership positions in city, state, and federal agencies; elective politics; nonprofit organizations; and private firms that serve the public interest.


Global Medieval Studies

School of Arts and Sciences

Eleven Penn departments contribute to the undergraduate interdisciplinary program in Global Medieval Studies, allowing students to discover the premodern world together, as the root and necessary precondition to the modern. The program is broad geographically and temporally; it includes Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and in the latter part of our period even the New World, from Late Antiquity to 1700. The program encourages students to view the world through the lens of various disciplinary and geographic perspectives and discover the interaction of diverse civilizations and religions. As the era that gave birth to contemporary nations and a time before the formation of modern geo-political concepts, this period provides a critical space for thinking about the composite nature of contemporary identities.


Global Support Services

International House 3701 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor

Global Support Services (GSS) supports the administrative and business functions of the University’s international activities. GSS works closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives to advise and support central organizations, schools and centers on new and ongoing international activities. 


Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk

Established in 2001, the Graduate Student Center is the centrally-located home for graduate and professional students at Penn. Students are invited to relax, work, and enjoy the Center and its resources.


Guatemala Health Initiative

Perelman School of Medicine

Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI) is an organization of students from the University of Pennsylvania working in partnership with communities in Guatemala. Since 2005, GHI has primarily worked with Hospitalito Atitlán to improve health in the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlán.


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

420 Walnut Street

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is devoted to post-doctoral research on Jewish civilization in all its historical and cultural manifestations, and is a model for institutions of its kind. The Katz Center's distinguished scholars and superb library holdings, along with Penn's outstanding faculty in Judaic studies, have established the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world's major centers for the study of Jewish civilization.


Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business

3732 Locust Walk

The Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business is a unique, four-year interdisciplinary undergraduate course of study that integrates business education, advanced language training and a liberal arts education.


Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

620 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Wharton-led, Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) promotes knowledge for business sustainability. IGEL works with a diverse and interdisciplinary network to develop and disseminate innovative research and business practices to solve the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet.


The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance

University of Pennsylvania, 413 Vance Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance is a commitment from both schools to enable & encourage mutual collaboration in MBA, Executive Education, PhD, Faculty exchange, R&D, and in Alumni activities. The INSEAD-Wharton Center for Global Research & Education supports the development of innovative programs and teaching materials involving faculty members from the two schools.


International Educational Development Program

Graduate School of Education, 3700 Walnut Street

The International Educational Development Program is an interdisciplinary program housed at the Graduate School of Education with affiliated faculty drawn from across the University. Through rigorous academic course work, coupled with hands on experiences, our program prepares students with the distinctive skills required for working in the field of education and development.


International Student & Scholar Services

3701 Chestnut St, Suite 1W

ISSS aims to support Penn’s ability to educate, train, and hire the best and brightest international students, scholars, and staff, and faculty by providing expertise and quality service. The office also serves as Penn's immigration liaison with various U.S. government agencies.


James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies

642 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university community on issues related to Korea.


Kelly Writers House

3805 Locust Walk

Kelly Writers House serves as a center for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large. Each semester the Writers House hosts approximately 150 public programs and projects--poetry readings, film screenings, seminars, web magazines, lectures, dinners, radio broadcasts, workshops, art exhibits, and musical performances.


Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Fisher Fine Arts Building, Room 401 220 S. 34th St.

The mission of the Kleinman Center, established in 2014, is to create the conditions for policy innovation that support a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy.


La Casa Latina: The Center for Hispanic Excellence

3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina promotes greater awareness of Latinx issues, culture, and identity at Penn.


Latin American and Latinx Studies Program

472 McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk

With courses offered across many departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, in study abroad programs taught throughout Latin American cities, and with academically based community service courses with Latinx organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area, the Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) Program affords students a comprehensive approach to Latin American and Latinx Studies as well as the possibility of a flexible curriculum in which students can pursue and combine their academic interests.


The Lauder Institute

256 South 37th Street, 2nd Floor

The Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies was founded by brothers Leonard and Ronald Lauder in 1983 in honor of their father, Joseph H. Lauder. The Lauder Institute provides a fully integrated business education for a new generation of leaders.


Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Colonial Penn Center, 3641 Locust Walk

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) was created to fill fundamental gaps in the evidence base that could inform policies critical to the financing and management of the nation's increasingly costly and complex health care system. Today, LDI is considered one of the world’s leading university-based programs of its kind.


LGBT Center

3907 Spruce St

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center enriches the experience and fosters the success of Penn's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The primary activities of the Center are outreach and education, supportive services for individuals and campus organizations, including network facilitation, and advocacy for sensitive, inclusive University policies and practices.


Linguistic Data Consortium

3600 Market Street, Suite 810

The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is an open consortium of universities, libraries, corporations and government research laboratories.


Mack Institute for Innovation Management

The Wharton School

Established in 2001, the Mack Institute for Innovation Management joins rigorous research with practical applications to help established firms navigate the risks and rewards of innovation, emphasizing multi-disciplinary, cross-functional perspectives.


Makuu: The Black Cultural Center

3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center is a nexus of academic, professional and personal growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Black culture and the African Diaspora.


McNeil Center for Early American Studies

3355 Woodland Walk

Established as the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies in 1978, and renamed in honor of its benefactor Robert L. McNeil, Jr., in 1998, the McNeil Center facilitates scholarly inquiry into the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850, with a particular emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region.


The Middle East Center

3340 Walnut Street, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Suite 228

The Middle East Center's mission centers on raising awareness of the unique circumstances of the region through research and instructional programs. The MEC has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, and it offers a wide range of educational opportunities to support this endeavor.


Netter Center for Community Partnerships

111 South 38th Street, Second Floor

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn’s primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city so that West Philadelphia (Penn’s local geographic community), Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit.


Penn Abroad

3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W

Penn Abroad serves as the hub for student global opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. Each year the University sends over 2,500 Penn students to more than 50 countries around the world on semester study abroad, summer internships, service learning, and short-term programs.


Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH)

3601 Locust Walk, Suite G22

The Pan-Asian American Community House opened in the fall of 2000 in response to students' calls for a cultural resource center at the University of Pennsylvania where South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander cultures could be celebrated.


Penn Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy

Graduate School of Education, 3700 Walnut Street

The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to advancing higher education policy and practice that fosters open, equitable, and democratic societies. Through engagement with policy-makers, institutional leaders, scholars and practitioners, AHEAD produces research and applies research-based knowledge to address the most pressing issues pertaining to the public purposes of higher education in the U.S. and around the globe.


Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 600W Washington, DC, 20001

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania is founded on the principle that a democratic, open, secure, tolerant, and interconnected world benefits all Americans. Based in our nation’s capital, the Penn Biden Center engages more of our fellow citizens in shaping this world, while ensuring the gains of global engagement are widely shared.


Penn Development Research Initiative

Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th Street, Room 428

The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) brings together faculty and graduate students from 7 schools across the University of Pennsylvania whose research seeks to identify solutions to the challenges facing developing countries. 


Penn Institute for Urban Research

Meyerson Hall, G-12, 210 South 34th Street

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide body that informs urban decision-making and public policy on issues of sustainable urban growth and development based on multi-disciplinary research, instruction, and outreach.


Penn Language Center

715-716 Williams Hall

Since 1989, Penn Language Center (PLC) strengthens Penn’s language education and consistently supports the development of language professionals. In particular, PLC focuses on current trends in online instruction and teaching from within the National Standards.


Penn Libraries Global

3420 Walnut St.

Since 1750, the Penn Libraries have served the teaching, research and learning needs of scholars. The collection, founded by Benjamin Franklin, is housed in 18 libraries and commons and 5 associated libraries, with over 7 million volumes, plus a digital library of millions more.


Penn Museum

3260 South Street

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was founded in 1887 to bring together under one roof artifacts that evidenced the development and history of humanity from antiquity to the present, for the most part excavated or acquired through the Museum's own research missions.


Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium

PTESC is an initiative of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University that convenes faculty and students with a common interest in the study of Europe across the Delaware Valley. PTESC organizes seminars, work-in-progress presentations, and special events on topics of interest to Europeanists. PTESC aims to foster learning and dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, though its primary emphasis is on the study of contemporary politics, political economy, and history in Europe.


Penn Wharton China Center

World Financial Center, West Building, 16F, No. 1 East Third Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100020, China

The March 2015 opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) represented the substantial commitment to advance the long history of engagement with China by the Wharton School and its parent university, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), in an increasingly interconnected global environment.


Perry World House

3803 Locust Walk

Perry World House is a center for scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, international exchange, policy engagement, and public outreach on pressing global issues. 


Population Studies Center

239 McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk

The Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Pennsylvania has fostered research and training in population since 1962, with support from the NICHD P30 program from 1978-2003 and the R24 Population Research Infrastructure Program since 2003.


Robert A. Fox Leadership Program

Leadership Hall, 3814 Walnut Street

Administered by the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Fox engages and supports Penn undergraduates and recent alumni not only in the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Liberal and Professional Studies, but also in the Wharton School, the Nursing School, and the Engineering School. Fox has five components: research and service fellowships (undergraduates and recent alumni); teaching, advising and service-learning; events and training; partnerships and special projects; and Fox Leadership International.


Russian and East European Studies

745 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

The Russian and East European Studies department at Penn is a tight-knit community dedicated to advancing knowledge of a vast and unique region of the world. Faculty interests and expertise span many centuries, countries, languages, and disciplines. Students can study medieval Czech manuscripts, population and health in Eastern Europe, 19th century Russian literature, nationalism and film in the Balkans, Russian and East European foreign policy, Byzantine art, gender and sexuality, and Putin’s Russia. The department teaches an array of East European languages, including Hungarian, and Russian to the advanced level. Students have access to unforgettable intensive language and study abroad opportunities. 


South Asia Center

820 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street

The South Asia Center's mission is to enhance the study of South Asia at Penn and within the wider community.


South Asia Studies

820 Williams Hall, 36th and Spruce Streets

The study of South Asia at Penn has a tradition stretching back over a hundred years. Today, the South Asia Studies Department is a close-knit community of interdisciplinary scholars that combines expertise in the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of South Asia. At present, students can study Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Panjabi, Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarati through the South Asia Studies Department, and can take courses in the disciplines of History, Literature, Anthropology, Art History, and Religious Studies.


Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program

212 Lauder-Fischer Hall, 256 S. 37TH Street

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and in civil societies around the world.



India Habitat Centre, Core 5A, 1st Floor, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110 003, India

The University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI) is the counterpart institution in New Delhi of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). Since 1997, UPIASI's portfolio of activities has grown to comprise over a dozen research projects and two fellowship programs. UPIASI's collaborative research projects have engaged scholars across a range of institutions in India, USA, UK, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Israel.


Weiss Tech House

Levine Hall, Rm 266 3330 Walnut Street

Weiss Tech House is a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. They encourage and support students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.


Wharton Global Family Alliance

The Wharton School

Established in 2004, the Wharton GFA is a unique academic-family business partnership established through an agreement between the Wharton School and the CCC Alliance. The Wharton GFA is designed to create and disseminate knowledge that is helpful to substantial families and to their businesses.


Wharton International Program

The Wharton School

Wharton International Program (WIP) is a short-term international business course that gives undergraduate students an amazing global opportunity featuring business site visits, faculty lectures at our partner schools, cultural excursions, and networking opportunities with undergraduate students and business contacts from the destination countries.


The Wharton Social Impact Initiative

The Wharton School

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative advances the science and practice of social impact through rigorous academic research and training and outreach.