Admitted Student

Student Handbook

Download: IGSP Student Handbook

IGSP Health Insurance and Immunization

The University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming students to be immunized against certain diseases and to submit this information. 

For details, please visit the Health Insurance and Immunization page.

IGSP Housing Options

"On Campus" Housing

"On campus" housing is an option, although not guaranteed. University of Pennsylvania degree students receive first priority for available “on campus” housing rooms. When additional “on campus” housing space is available, the Housing office is pleased to offer this as an option for visiting and guest students.

Please keep in mind that Penn Residential Services cannot guarantee that you will be placed with an American undergraduate roommate.

IGSP students are encouraged to apply for “on campus” housing if interested: Housing for Students in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS).  

International House

3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (215) 895-6540 (day), (215) 387-5125 (evening)
Website: www.ihousephilly.org/

International House is a safe, high-rise building just a few blocks from the University of Pennsylvania. International House, which is organized into suites that consist of ten single rooms and a common lounge, provides a friendly living experience for over 350 American and international students. All utilities included, rooms are furnished. Lower rates for long term leases. Must be full-time student, scholar, intern or professional trainee.

The Stratum

20 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (215)662-0802
Website: http://www.the-stratum.com/

Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room theatre with large screen TV and video game consoles, tanning salon, business center, housekeeping service, and bistro style dining.


Website: www.sas.upenn.edu/elp/housing_homestay

Homestay allows students to experience American culture in the warmth, variety, and spontaneity of an American home while having frequent, relaxed opportunities to practice English conversation.

University of Pennsylvania Off-Campus Living Office

Website: www.business-services.upenn.edu/offcampusservices/

The University of Pennsylvania Off-Campus Living website has detailed information on area hotels, hostels, regular and corporate apartments and other off-campus housing options. The website also explains legal requirements and advice on negotiating rentals and leases.

IGSP Visa Information

Student Visas

Most IGSP students come on an F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange student) visa. Penn issues the Form I-20 (for the F-1 visa) or the Form DS2019 (for the J-1 visa) to eligible students.   

When you are admitted to the IGSP, we will send you information about how to request your Form I-20 or DS2019 from Penn.

The visa is a stamped (or pasted-in) endorsement made in the passport by a US consulate or embassy official outside the US. It indicates that all requirements have been met for entry into the US. The number of entries allowed within a specified period is indicated on the visa stamp and can vary from country to country. A valid visa is essential for entering and reentering the US. However, the visa does not determine the length of time you may remain in the US. Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa to enter the US.

For more information on typical visa types for students, visit Penn’s Visa & Immigration Information page.


Immigration regulations state that you are responsible for keeping your passport valid at all times during your stay here. Your passport can be revalidated or renewed through your embassy or consulate.

Penn International Student and Scholar Services

Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides core services to international students, visiting scholars, faculty and academic departments at the University of Pennsylvania. The ISSS staff provides advice, information and referrals on matters such as immigration, employment and overseas travel. They can also assist with problems related to social and personal adjustments to a new culture, as well as practical matters related to living in Philadelphia.

IGSP Resources for Students

Participants in the IGSP program have access to a wide variety of student support services and resources.

Academic Advising

  1. Consult your academic advisor to design a program of study to meet your needs
  2. Review your academic goals and educational background
  3. Develop an individualized curriculum from over 170 courses in 50 areas of study

Academic Resources

  1. The University of Pennsylvania Library System
  2. State-of-the-art Laboratories
  3. Learning Resources and Tutoring Centers
  4. English Language Programs

Access to Penn Student Life

  1. Student Clubs and Organizations
  2. Social and Cultural Events: theater, orchestra, dance, film society, jazz concerts, Spring Fling
  3. Recreational Facilities and Classes: gyms, tennis and squash courts, fitness center, and pools


  1. International students may work on campus for up to 20 hours per week
  2. Work on campus in libraries, department offices, housing office, recreation facilities, etc.
  3. Earn $10 to $12.50 dollars per hour

Health and Safety

  1. 24-hour campus security and escort services
  2. Trained residential counselors
  3. Outstanding health care facilities
    1. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    2. Student Health Service

Contact Us

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Telephone: 215.898.7326
Fax: 215.573.2053
Email: lps@sas.upenn.edu
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