International Spouses & Partners at Penn


ISSS welcomes all international spouses and partners to the Penn community.  Families of Penn students and scholars are important to their success here in the US. It is our hope that your time here will be an enriching experience for every member of your family. Discover resources and information below to enhance your Penn experience!

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
Make Connections
Join the ISPP Facebook Group

Currently, ISPP mainly takes the form of an online community through the Facebook group. You may use this page to connect with others, ask questions and advice, invite other spouses and partners to gather, and more!


Join the Facebook Group Here

  • Family Center at Penn - a hub for information, resources, activities and advocacy for students and post-docs with children

  • Graduate Student Center - an intellectual and social community of graduate students and scholars from Penn’s 12 schools

  • Penn Women’s Center - provides services for the evolving needs of all women at Penn

  • Penn Museum - Exhibits featuring world cultures and also programs for kids and families.

  • PennCard Center - family members are also entitled to a PennCard (spouse, domestic partners, children)

  • International House - Films, Music and more!

  • Visit Philly - provides city information and things to do in and around Philadelphia

  • - the activities and events blog of Visit Philly

  • Kids in Center City - provides resources for parents and family friendly events

Interested in improving your English language skills? You have options! For more information, visit the website of each organization.

  • PEDAL@GSE – Free English classes sponsored by the Penn Graduate School of Education Educational Linguistics division.

  • Penn Family Resource Center – Free English language lessons for Penn spouses and families in a family-friendly environment where you can meet other international families.

  • Penn English Language Programs (ELP) – Penn has its own English Language Programs department for all levels. There is a cost to attend the courses.

  • International House Philadelphia – International House Philadelphia is a separate organization from Penn, but offers English language courses to all. There is a cost to attend the courses.

Effective May 29, 2015, F-2 dependents are permitted to study part-time at SEVP-Certified Schools. Previously, only avocational and/or recreational courses were permitted.

Below are some key points to consider:

-The enrollment must be less than full-time.

-Courses taken may lead to a degree or certificate.

-F-2 students will not require any additional immigration documents.


For additional information about studying, please visit this website.