A Home for Global Thinkers

Perry World House is a university-wide hub for those with international interests and backgrounds. Students should feel free to engage with Perry World House’s programming and to use the building as a place to study and gather with peers. For our building hours, please see the "Contact" tab, and for more information on reserving space for meetings and events, please see "Event Reservations."


World House Student Fellows Program (Undergraduates): APPLY BY 2/18/2018

The WHSF program is designed for undergraduate students who have identified a serious interest in exploring global affairs in depth during their time at Penn. The WHSF participate in a series of co-curricular seminars, projects, and activities oriented around critical global inquiry. While first year students are encouraged to engage with PWH programs as they begin exploring global affairs at Penn, the WHSF program is reserved for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The application cycle is currently open. 

The WHSF will receive:

·        Special access to faculty and visitors

·        Research and career mentorship

·        Special events and experiences

Fellows will also complete an interdisciplinary policy project under the guidance of Perry World House distinguished fellow(s), Penn faculty member(s), or Postdoctoral fellow(s). Fellows’ research will be published, as appropriate, by Perry World House, and be presented to policymakers and affiliated Perry World House faculty and scholars.

Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/48384

An Information Session will be held at Perry World House on Friday, January 26th, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

Rapid Response Programs (RRP)

Schedule determined by world events

Location: World Forum*

Rapid Response Programs examine fast-breaking global affairs events in real time with speakers, panels, and seminars—or simply a forum for discussion. The goal of Rapid Response programming is to help the Penn community process events as they unfold, facilitating discussion and critical thinking. They are organized to occur within days of a breaking event.

The World Today

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30PM (starting September 5, 2017)

Location: Global Policy Lab*

Each week, this one-hour program tackles a different pressing global issue. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of their academic focus at Penn. The World Today is led by a different individual each week, including PWH faculty, postdocs, visitors, and staff, and the format will vary between debates, round tables, lectures, and conversations. In spring 2017, expert guests included: Sarah Paoletti, Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Legal Clinic, Penn Law; Tom Wyler, Former Member of the Office of Policy and Startegic Planning at the Department of Commerce and former Counselor to the Secretary; Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to the US; and many more.

Global Lens Event Series

Every month (exact date and time TBA)

Location: World Forum*

This series celebrates Penn's global community and explores the world through culture, with montly events that feature international food, dance, music, film, language, and art.  

*Unless otherwise announced

Global Career Perspectives

Perry World House is a resource for students interested in pursuing careers and professional experiences in policy and global affairs. Each October, Perry World House will host events highlighting international career opportunities to illustrate the breadth of professional opportunities and to expose students to new perspectives and leaders in various fields.

Past panelists, many of whom are Penn alumnae, have included:

·        NGO leaders and professionals in human rights

·        Government and think tank representatives

·        Foreign policy reporters and authors

·        Social impact entrepreneurs

This coming year, Global Career Perspectives will take place October 16-19, 2018. See the bios of our career week speakers here.

    • Inaugural Cohort of World House Student Fellows
    • Inaugural Cohort of World House Student Fellows

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