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 12th 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 communities different than their own, and make a lasting impact at Penn and beyond. This highly selective program brings together exceptional incoming students from the U.S. and across the globe!

  • A weekend retreat program starts with a Friday welcome session on campus.

  • Saturday - Sunday overnight retreat off campus.

  • Two intercultural dialogue sessions during the fall semester. 

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

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.

Applications are accepted from late-August through early September. Notification will be sent via email and resource fairs to all new students, both U.S. & international in late August.

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.

ILP is developed by partnerships across campus that include:

  • Penn Global 

  • International Student and Scholar Services

  • Graduate Student Center

  • Vice Provost for University Life

  • Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Weingarten Learning Resources Center

  • Greenfield Intercultural Center

  • Office of Student Affairs

  • Lipman Family Prize, Wharton

  • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

Created by ILP 2015 Participants
The ILP Magazine
ILP 2017 Group Photo