From the President & CEO

As Interim President & CEO of International House Philadelphia, I am proud to be a part of this unique and dynamic organization, which offers a living environment that promotes intercultural understanding, and contributes to the personal and professional development of our residents. International House is a forum for dialogue and communication between people of all cultures on topics ranging from art to science, and it is also a place of innovation, a home for thousands of students, and a destination for tens of thousands of visitors each year.

IHP uniquely offers our residents, our audiences, and our partners the opportunity to become engaged in a variety of new experiences, collaborate with some of the brightest people in the world, work in a progressive environment, and truly be a global citizen. Since its founding in 1910, IHP has played an integral role in the growing arts and culture scene in Philadelphia - by acting as a meeting place for the region’s diverse population, by offering continued education outside of the classroom, and by weaving a rich and positive thread through day-to-day life. For our residents, we will always offer a safe and secure environment and a truly unique living experience: coming together with others from different nations with diverse interests, all in the context of developing a greater understanding of the American experience.

The International House Philadelphia website is a vehicle for our mission to facilitate international understanding and dialogue, and a springboard for cultural exchange. For example, visitors to our website can learn more about living at International House, alumni can access the latest issue of iWorld, and the Philadelphia community can check out the calendar for exciting upcoming arts and cultural programming.

Thank you for being our friends by showing your support and strong belief in the mission of International House. I invite you to come visit us and share in this special place that brings people and ideas together, and is a positive influence on those who live here and those who are part of our global community.


James M. Papada, III

Interim President & CEO, International House Philadelphia