International Students

Philadelphia is built for college students. The thriving East Coast city is affordable, diverse, friendly and easy to manage, thanks to a great public transportation system. Students from more than 100 colleges and universities come together for meals, music, conversation and fun. There’s always something to do!

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Central Location: Philadelphia is located 100 kilometers south of New York, 133 kilometers north of Washington, DC and one hour from great beaches and mountains for skiing and snowboarding.

Easy to Reach: International students and families find Philadelphia one of the easiest cities to travel to in the U.S. There are direct flights from more than 16 international destinations and very short connector flights from New York City and Washington, DC.

Four Seasons: The region has four distinct seasons, enabling residents to enjoy summer’s sunny beach days,  autumn’s fall colors, winter’s skiing and outdoor skating and spring’s beautiful blooms.

Major Economic Sectors: Philadelphia has a very diverse economy, with major concentrations in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, health care, technology, visual and performing arts, higher education, finance, insurance and real estate. What does this mean for college students? Excellent internship and professional development opportunities.

Colleges & Universities: The Philadelphia region has the second-largest number of colleges in the nation. Within 100 kilometers, more than 100 colleges and universities are located in a variety of urban and suburban settings. Plan your trip today and visit one of our renowned institutions by visiting our College Partner page here.

International Student Resources

Philadelphia International Guides
Philadelphia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) produces guides in eight languages to help visitors plan their trips to Philadelphia. These official Philadelphia International Guides will help you discover the great culture, history and entertainment in Philadelphia. View and download guides here

Global Philadelphia Association
In 2010, GPA was created to assist and encourage greater interaction among the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region. GPA promotes the development of an international consciousness within the region, while enhancing the region’s global profile. As a student, you can utilize the GPA to connect with fellow students through events and forums, and get to know more about the many different cultures the city boasts, and what Philadelphia has to offer international students in general. More info

International House Philadelphia
Affectionately referred to as I-House, this independent, non-profit organization is over 100 years old and is home to nearly 400 students, scholars and interns from over 65 countries. I-House offers a variety of programs that help students like you interact successfully with people from all backgrounds. Always affordable and student friendly, the premiere international arts and cultural programs of I-House are a great way to get to know and understand the melting pot culture of Philadelphia. More info


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