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
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
- Uwishunu.com - 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. Spring 2016 classes begin January 29, 2016.
- 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 will be 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: