Student Center

In the Student Center, students can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, read newspapers and magazines, do their homework, or practice their English with our staff and other students. Student Center staff update the ELP Facebook page with recent photos and event announcements. ELP students also receive Penn e-mail accounts, and the Student Center maintains a listserv through which they send weekly announcements and information to students.

Social Activities

The Intensive Program organizes activities that help students to learn more about life in the USA and to practice their language skills. Activities have included poetry workshops, presentations by Penn faculty and students, film viewings, and seasonal arts, crafts, and musical performances. Activities elsewhere at Penn or in Philadelphia have included dancing, ice skating parties, tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other local performances. 

The cost of most social activities is included in the program while others may require an additional fee. 

Field Trips

Throughout the year, the Intensive Program organizes bus trips to some of the biggest shopping malls in the USA as well as sightseeing trips to places of interest such as the Amish countryside, Baltimore (Maryland), Washington (DC), Atlantic Ocean beaches, ski resorts, and amusement parks.

Some field trips are included in the cost of the program while others require an additional fee.  Contact the Student Services Coordinator for more information.

Conversation Partners

In January and in September, students can participate in a free program that matches them with students at Penn who are studying foreign languages. The two matched students meet once or twice a week. They spend half the time together speaking in English, and half of the time speaking in the first language of the Intensive Program student. In many cases, long-lasting friendships have developed as a result of the Conversation Partners program.

Volunteer Opportunities

The ELP Student Center organizes volunteer activities that give students an opportunity to interact with native speakers in the local community and the larger Penn community. ELP partners with local public service organizations such as the Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS), Civic House, and Philadelphia Cares in these activities. Volunteer opportunities throughout Philadelphia are also publicized to students on the ELP student listserv.