Intercultural Leadership Program


Winner of the 2018 Models of Excellence Award

Every year, new international and U.S. students, both undergraduate and graduate, are invited to be part of the Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP). Now entering its 13th year, this program has been designed to foster a community of intercultural leaders who are ready to take on issues they are passionate about, learn more about themselves and communities different from their own, as well as making a lasting impact at Penn and beyond. This highly selective program brings together exceptional incoming students from the U.S. and across the globe!

ILP Testimonial - Shreyas Puranik
  • A weekend retreat program starts with a Friday welcome session on campus, 5-7pm.

  • Saturday - Sunday overnight retreat off campus.

  • Participate in intercultural activities during the fall semester (to be determined). 

Participants take part in a number of different activities such as team-building exercises, simulations, presentations, dialogues, and other activities that will help put your understanding of your worldview into perspective.

Application and Selection Process

Participant applications for 2019 ILP will open in August 2019.

If you are open and committed to learning the skills of intercultural leadership and motivated to share what you learn with your peers, we invite you to apply to the Penn Intercultural Leadership Program. Participants are selected from a pool of incoming undergraduate and graduate student applicants, both international and U.S. students.

Please be sure that you can commit the time and attend all of the mandatory program aspects outlined before submitting your application.

Please note: If you are confirmed as a final applicant for ILP, at the time of acceptance there will be a $50 refundable deposit due (cash or check) to secure your spot. The deposit will be refunded after the weekend retreat provided you have attended and completed all required aspects of the program.


The ILP Team

ILP is made possible by our ILP Student Leaders who are past ILP participants.


ILP is developed by partnerships across campus that include:

  • Penn Global 

  • International Student and Scholar Services

  • Graduate Student Center

  • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

  • Vice Provost for University Life

  • Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Weingarten Learning Resources Center

  • Greenfield Intercultural Center

  • Office of Student Affairs

  • Lipman Family Prize, Wharton

  • Toll Public Interest Center

  • M&T Program


ILP 2017 Group Photo