ISSS would like to welcome International Spouses and Partners at Penn (ISPP) to the community.  We understand that the 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. 

"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

Join the ISPP Facebook Group and connect with others!

Penn and Philadelphia Resources

  • 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

English Language Courses

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.

Studying as an F-2 Dependent

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, please see:

Learn more about F-2 and J-2 visa categories including employment eligibility
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Past ISPP Events & Resources

  • 2013
    •  CPR Training for Parents at Penn, December 7, 2013, 9am - noon (by PWC)   
    • Fall 2013 ISPP Welcome Meeting/Orientation (11am - noon on 10/24/2013 @ ISSS)
    • Penn Family Day, October 26, 2013 (Penn faculty and staff to bring family and friends)
    • Penn Women's Center 40th Anniversary Open House, October 4, 2013, 2-4pm (by PWC)
    • ISSS Philadelphia Magic Gardens & South Street (10:15am - 2:30pm on 9/27/2013)
    • Welcome Back Brunch & Play Date for Students with ChildrenSeptember 21, 2013, 10:30am - 12 noon (by Family Resource Center)
    • Programs at Penn Museum (throughout the year)
    • ISPP - Cook and Catch Up at the Penn Women's Center (10am - 1pm on 5/31/2013)
    • CPR Training for Parents at Penn, April 6, 2013, 9am - noon (by PWC)
    • ISPP - Cook and Catch Up (10am - 1pm on 3/22/2013)
    • Spring 2013 ISPP Orientation (1:30 - 3pm on 2/4/2013)
    • RAD Self Defense CoursesSpring and Fall 2013 schedule is out (by Division of Public Safety)
    • Penn Museum's Chinese New Year Celebration, 2/2/2013 (by Penn Museum) 
  • 2012
    • Driving in the U.S. Workshop (November 27, 2012)
    • ISPP International Potluck (November 8, 2012)
    • CPR Training for Parents, 11/10/2012 (by Family Resource Center)
    • Halloween Party for Students and Post-docs with children, 10/31/2012 (by Family Resource Center)
    • ISPP Fall 2012 Orientation (October 25, 2012)
    • Trip to the Amish Country (September 22, 2012)
    • DPS Kids Safety Day, 7/31/2012 (by Division of Public Safety)
    • ISPP Spring 2012 Orientation (February 16, 2012)
  • 2011
    • ISPP Halloween Gathering (October 27, 2011)       
    • ISPP Open Forum (October 3, 2011)
    • ISPP Open Forum (September 29, 2011)

ISPP Contact Information

  • , ISSS Program Coordinator - ISPP Coordinator (main contact)
  • , ISSS Assistant Director - ISPP co-coordinator
  • , ISSS Advisor - ISPP co-coordinator