Student Programs

Perry World House is a hub for global engagement amongst Penn’s student body that serves as an accessible, inviting and stimulating home for international inquiry. Perry World House prepares Penn students to become global citizens who think critically about the world, global challenges, and the connections between those global challenges and their academic studies. Whether an engineering major interested in global cities, an English major focused on global culture, a nursing major concerned with global health, or a political science major seeking expert opinions about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, Perry World House creates and supports relevant student programming. Perry World House engages students through broad programming designed to reach a large segment of the Penn student population, as well as deep enrichment opportunities for smaller groups of students more directly focused on global affairs.

Student engagement at Perry World House includes a broad array of events and opportunities for participation. Being a hub for global policy on Penn’s campus, we strive to instill excitement about world affairs in Penn students. Opportunities for engagement include:

  • Lectures by current and former policymakers such as Irina Bokova, former Director-General of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Congressman Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative for California's 28th district, and Tommy Vietor, former National Security Council staff member, host of Pod Save the World, and one of the founders of Crooked Media.

  • Dialogue and conversation through The World Today, a weekly Perry World House event featuring a guest speaker talking about a critical global topic.

  • Office hours with Perry World House visiting fellows, which include current and former policymakers from around the world.

  • Simulations on foreign policy challenges hosted by former White House officials.

In addition to these broader engagement opportunities, Perry World House currently features two deeper engagement programs for students.

Graduate Student Associates/Researchers

This program is intended for graduate students from any School or department who have demonstrated a serious interest in exploring world affairs in depth during their time at Penn. This program helps students complement their engagement in global affairs within a vibrant community of scholars, students, and visitors, while also developing professional skills relevant to shaping policy. Over the past year, graduate students associated with Perry World House produced articles on topics ranging from immigration policy to urban design, and from the impact of drones to refugee resettlement.

More information about the program and how to apply can be found here.

World House Student Fellows Program

The World House Student Fellows Program is Perry World House’s deep engagement program for undergraduate students interested in global affairs. Over the course of the academic year, the WHSF participate in activities oriented around critical global inquiry, including a weekly topical seminar discussion, interdisciplinary policy projects, special events, and access to high-profile Visiting Fellows. The World House Student Fellows Program encourages students to think globally about public policy and globalization by exposing them to interdisciplinary topics, such as language, ethics, security, culture, and politics.

More information about the program and how to apply can be found here.