Student Programs & Leadership Opportunities

Intercultural Dialogues: Engagement & Awareness
IDEA Program

The Intercultural Dialogues: Engagement and Awareness (IDEA) program places students in small groups to grow community through dialogue, exploring themes of identity, communication, power, and privilege in the context of intercultural growth.

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Forerunner welcomes new international students to the Penn community preparing them for the Penn journey with engaging sessions and activities. This program takes place in Beijing, China & Delhi, India, as well as on campus for students from Africa. Forerunner Global is a virtual offering open to new Penn students all over the globe!

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Intercultural Leadership Program

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 this program. The ILP has been designed to foster an intercultural community of 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.

Penn World Scholars All Cohorts Reunion Fall 2018
Penn World Scholars

The Penn World Scholars program is made up of outstanding international undergraduate students from around the globe and provides them with the foundation for lives as global leaders.

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Penngagement International Experience
PIE Series

International students face unique challenges when adapting to living and learning in a new culture. We don’t want you to face those challenges alone! Join us for Penngagement: International Experience Series, co-sponsored by ISSS and Counseling and Psychological Services.

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International Student Advisory Board

The ISAB is one of the first student boards in the Ivy League, to provide the Director of International Student and Scholar Services and other administrators with advice and guidance to help make the university a more warm, welcoming and respectful environment for international students.

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International Student Table for Advocacy & Relations

ISTAR is a collaboration between ISSS, International Student Advisory Board (ISAB), Assembly of International Students (AIS), Undergraduate Assembly (UA), and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). ISTAR works together to provide a unified voice for international student advocacy at Penn.

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Graduation Reception for International Students

Every May, we celebrate the successes and contributions of graduating Penn international students with a reception full of food, music, and community.