The Student Center is a student lounge in the ELP's building where students can spend time between classes, practice English, check e-mail, read or simply relax. The Student Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-17:00 (except holidays). At all times, Student Center staff members are available to answer students' questions and help them practice English. The Student Center staff also arrange a wide variety of social activities.
In addition to practicing English in the Student Center, students can also sign up for a Conversation Partner. The Conversation Partners Program is free and matches students in the Intensive Programs with Penn students who are studying foreign languages. Conversation Partners meet for conversation practice and to learn about each other's cultures.
Please note: due to the Penn academic calendar, matches are only available in Fall 1 and Spring 1 sessions.
There are weekly activities in the Student Center including Common Hour, which is an opportunity for students to learn about campus and community resources. The Student Center also plans trips to a variety of locations in and near Philadelphia. For a complete list, go to our Student Services  page.
Here are just a few examples:
Many activities and field trips are included in the cost of the program while others require an additional fee. Activities vary by program. Contact the Student Services Coordinator  for more information.
Philadelphia is an exciting city that we refer to as "Philly". Here are a few quick facts about Philly.
The University is about a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi or bus drive from "Center City" Philadelphia. The trolley takes about 5 minutes. Students are also able to use the free Penn bus shuttle service to travel to Center City.
Philadelphia is a large city and has a wide range of museums, parks, shopping districts, theaters, sports arenas and other recreational activities available.
See the websites below for more information about Philadelphia and things to do here.
While the malls in the surburbs stay open later, most stores in the city are open 10am-7pm