Founded 100 years ago in 1910, International House Philadelphia is an independent, non-profit organization housing nearly 400 students, scholars and interns from over 65 countries. We provide a unique residential experience that supports their development as future leaders by offering a full spectrum of programs that create individuals able to work and interact successfully with people from all backgrounds. To support both our residents and the Greater Philadelphia community, International House Philadelphia has long been the premiere presenter of international arts and cultural programs.
International House Philadelphia is a multicultural residential center, a source of distinctive programming, and the embodiment of an ideal. Our critical three-fold mission: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the larger community through high quality international arts and humanities programs and to encourage cooperation and respect among the peoples of all nations.
Cultural, Educational and Social Programs
When it was founded nearly 100 years ago, International House provided a nurturing and supportive place for a small community of international students to meet and develop friendships with one another and with Americans. Today, International House provides more than 150 cultural, educational and social programs that assist its residents, and other international students and scholars, with their adjustment to American society and life in Philadelphia, while encouraging the cross-cultural understanding and leadership skills necessary to succeed in today’s global economy. Resident programs include extensive orientations, trips to regional attractions, opportunities to meet business executives, language assistance, ethnic dance and music performances, host family programs as well as seminars on current topics like the latest post – 9/11 regulations for foreign students. Many International House residents major in fields that are vital to the “new economy.” A number of these students successfully secure professional positions in this region after graduation.
International House also presents hundreds of public programs to over 20,000 Philadelphia area residents throughout the year, fostering a global community by celebrating the world’s cultural diversity and probing issues from an international perspective. The acclaimed Film @ International House showcases the best in international repertory, avant garde and pop films, and often features directors and panelists that enhance the cinematic experience by encouraging dialogue on complex themes. Live @ International House seeks to showcase seldom-seen and unique artists. Under the Live @ banner, we also present scholars, authors and experts in fields ranging from global conflict, economic development and ethnic and social studies. Art @ International House is our most recent programming addition emerging from requests by local artists and organizations for space to showcase their work. For non-native English speakers of all ages and abilities, the Spoken English Program advances conversational skills.
The Building and Its Technology
In additional to its residential facilities, the building features a conference center available for rent, including several meeting rooms and a 350-seat theater with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment and teleconferencing capabilities. High-speed, wireless Internet hookup makes connecting to the world fast and easy. Limited office space is also available. Current tenants include the UPenn’s Office of International Programs; Center of Greater Philadelphia; Research for Action; Women’s Campaign International; and Global Interdependence Center.
An independent 501 (c) 3 organization, International House is located in the heart of University City, adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which together enroll two-thirds of all international students studying in Philadelphia.
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