Campus Centers & Activities

There are lots of ways to get involved on campus. This page highlights some of the many campus student centers and activities that help our graduate students become active participants in the broader Penn community.  

Cultural Resource Centers

African American Resource Center serves to enhance the quality of life for students, staff, and faculty at Penn, with a particular focus on those of African descent.

Greenfield Intercultural Center promotes intercultural awareness and cultural competency workshops to help prepare Penn students to be thoughtful global citizens and leaders.

La Casa Latina focuses on building a unified community by working with the Latino Coalition, LaGAPSA, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The LGBT Center offers educational programs and mentoring, works with and supports student organizations-including Lambda Grads and other queer graduate and professional student groups. The center also co-sponsors QPenn (an annual pride week in March) and offers free printing.

Makuu, the Black Cultural Center, serves as a cultural hub for campus activities, activism, and personal, professional, and academic growth in order to increase resources and connections to the Penn community.

Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) is a hub of academic, personal, and professional growth for Penn students interested in Asian American culture and the Asian American Diaspora.

The Penn Women's Center aims to understand and address the continuing and evolving needs of all women at Penn.

Student Affairs

The Vice Provost for University (VPUL) programs and resources are intended to stimulate shared interactions and connections among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members. University Life comprises 32 programs provide academic and career support, campus and community engagement, health and wellness programs, and much more.

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA), within VPUL, is a primary source of information and advice for students regarding campus co-curricular opportunities and resources. OSA advises and helps administer student activities and governance, the PENNacle pre-orientation program, University Life leadership training programs, and major campus-wide special events, including Family Weekend, No Place Like Penn Weekend, Homecoming, Spring Fling, Hey Day, and Ivy Day.

Civic Engagement & Community Service

Civic House is Penn's hub for student-led community service and advocacy efforts. Civic House also invites graduate students to lead discussions about community-oriented research and to serve as mentors for undergraduates.

Barbara & Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn's vehicle for academically based community service (ABCS), which emphasizes collaborative, local, real-world problem solving. The center works to create mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the West Philadelphia community.

Penn Volunteers in Public Service provides a vehicle for the Penn community and the West Philadelphia community to work together through community service activities and events.

Global Engagement

Penn is committed to providing the necessary resources and services, and enhancing its mechanisms for support, in order to grow Penn as global campus and further Penn as a global agenda setter. Whether serving as a welcoming home to its thousands of international students, supporting students' academic, research, or professional pursuits abroad, or building strong connections within the global community, Penn is dedicated to providing you with the assistance and tools necessary to support your global endeavors. 

Perry World House
Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania (PWH) is a global policy research center that aims to advance interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the world’s most urgent global affairs challenges. At a time of increasing ideological division and highly politicized of policymaking, PWH draws on the wide range of expertise found across Penn’s 12 Schools, connecting Penn with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to develop and advance innovative policy proposals. 

Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement
The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania is founded on the principle that a democratic, open, secure, tolerant, and interconnected world benefits all Americans. Based in Washington, D.C., the Penn Biden Center engages more of our fellow citizens in shaping this world, while ensuring the gains of global engagement are widely shared.  

Penn Abroad
Penn Abroad serves as the hub for student global opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. Each year Penn Abroad sends more than 1,000 Penn students to over 50 countries around the world on semester study abroad, summer internships, and embedded Global Seminars. Explore our website to find information about the many global opportunities available to Penn students. 

International Student and Scholar Services
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) aims to provide immigration assistance as well as a sense of community for the international population at Penn.  In addition to answering your technical questions about immigration, ISSS also offers student programs and leadership opportunities for students, such as Forerunner and the Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP), to foster meaningful engagement throughout their journey with Penn. 

Global Support Services
Global Support Services (GSS) supports the administrative and business functions of the University’s international activities. GSS works closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives to advise and support central organizations, schools and centers on new and ongoing international activities. GSS also coordinates with other departments that support global operations which include the Office of Risk Management & Insurance, Comptroller’s office, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Audit and Compliance, Public Safety, Treasurer, ISC, Business Services and FRES.  

International Student Advisory Board
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) works to enhance the international student community at Penn and provide feedback and recommendations to ISSS in order to provide effective and successful programs and services. Members also give insight and develop relationships with other Penn units and student organizations. Members of ISAB meet a diverse range of peers and learn about the inner workings of our university and have an opportunity to make a lasting impact on Penn’s international community.

GAPSA International Affairs Committee
The International Affairs Committee advocates on behalf of over 4,000 international graduate and professional students at Penn. In addition,  the committee organizes welcome events for incoming international students, as well as various cultural celebrations throughout the year. The committee works side-by-side with the Equity and Access Committee to support the IDEAL Council, coordinating collaborative events and distributing information about available funding.

Students with Families

Many students undertake postgraduate study with partners and/or children. The Family Resource Center provides a hub for information, resources, activities, and advocacy for students with children.

The Family Center provides a forum for student parents to connect and develop supportive networks, and offers a welcoming and family-friendly environment for Penn students, post-docs, caregivers, and children. 


The space includes a lounge, a family reading room, and a children's playroom complete with toys, games, books, stuffed animals; two private lactation rooms equipped with a Symphony breast pump; and community bulletin boards. 

Graduate Life Programs

The Graduate Student Center coordinates a variety programs and events that promote a vibrant, engaged, and supportive graduate and professional student community at Penn. Graduate Life Programs foster a well-rounded graduate experience, including programs on maintaining a healthy school-life balance, personal development, social events, and building a sense of community. 

Visit the Graduate Life Program page for more information or go to our events page to see upcoming opportunities and events! 

Cultural Resource Centers

African American Resource Center serves to enhance the quality of life for students, staff, and faculty at Penn, with a particular focus on those of African descent.

Greenfield Intercultural Center promotes intercultural awareness and cultural competency workshops to help prepare Penn students to be thoughtful global citizens and leaders.

La Casa Latina focuses on building a unified community by working with the Latino Coalition, LaGAPSA, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The LGBT Center offers educational programs and mentoring, works with and supports student organizations-including Lambda Grads and other queer graduate and professional student groups. The center also co-sponsors QPenn (an annual pride week in March) and offers free printing.

Makuu, the Black Cultural Center, serves as a cultural hub for campus activities, activism, and personal, professional, and academic growth in order to increase resources and connections to the Penn community.

Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) is a hub of academic, personal, and professional growth for Penn students interested in Asian American culture and the Asian American Diaspora.

The Penn Women's Center aims to understand and address the continuing and evolving needs of all women at Penn.

Student Affairs

The Vice Provost for University (VPUL) programs and resources are intended to stimulate shared interactions and connections among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members. University Life comprises 32 programs provide academic and career support, campus and community engagement, health and wellness programs, and much more.

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA), within VPUL, is a primary source of information and advice for students regarding campus co-curricular opportunities and resources. OSA advises and helps administer student activities and governance, the PENNacle pre-orientation program, University Life leadership training programs, and major campus-wide special events, including Family Weekend, No Place Like Penn Weekend, Homecoming, Spring Fling, Hey Day, and Ivy Day.

Civic Engagement & Community Service

Civic House is Penn's hub for student-led community service and advocacy efforts. Civic House also invites graduate students to lead discussions about community-oriented research and to serve as mentors for undergraduates.

Barbara & Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn's vehicle for academically based community service (ABCS), which emphasizes collaborative, local, real-world problem solving. The center works to create mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the West Philadelphia community.

Penn Volunteers in Public Service provides a vehicle for the Penn community and the West Philadelphia community to work together through community service activities and events.

Global Engagement

Penn is committed to providing the necessary resources and services, and enhancing its mechanisms for support, in order to grow Penn as global campus and further Penn as a global agenda setter. Whether serving as a welcoming home to its thousands of international students, supporting students' academic, research, or professional pursuits abroad, or building strong connections within the global community, Penn is dedicated to providing you with the assistance and tools necessary to support your global endeavors. 

Perry World House
Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania (PWH) is a global policy research center that aims to advance interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the world’s most urgent global affairs challenges. At a time of increasing ideological division and highly politicized of policymaking, PWH draws on the wide range of expertise found across Penn’s 12 Schools, connecting Penn with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to develop and advance innovative policy proposals. 

Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement
The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania is founded on the principle that a democratic, open, secure, tolerant, and interconnected world benefits all Americans. Based in Washington, D.C., the Penn Biden Center engages more of our fellow citizens in shaping this world, while ensuring the gains of global engagement are widely shared.  

Penn Abroad
Penn Abroad serves as the hub for student global opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. Each year Penn Abroad sends more than 1,000 Penn students to over 50 countries around the world on semester study abroad, summer internships, and embedded Global Seminars. Explore our website to find information about the many global opportunities available to Penn students. 

International Student and Scholar Services
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) aims to provide immigration assistance as well as a sense of community for the international population at Penn.  In addition to answering your technical questions about immigration, ISSS also offers student programs and leadership opportunities for students, such as Forerunner and the Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP), to foster meaningful engagement throughout their journey with Penn. 

Global Support Services
Global Support Services (GSS) supports the administrative and business functions of the University’s international activities. GSS works closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives to advise and support central organizations, schools and centers on new and ongoing international activities. GSS also coordinates with other departments that support global operations which include the Office of Risk Management & Insurance, Comptroller’s office, Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Audit and Compliance, Public Safety, Treasurer, ISC, Business Services and FRES.  

International Student Advisory Board
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) works to enhance the international student community at Penn and provide feedback and recommendations to ISSS in order to provide effective and successful programs and services. Members also give insight and develop relationships with other Penn units and student organizations. Members of ISAB meet a diverse range of peers and learn about the inner workings of our university and have an opportunity to make a lasting impact on Penn’s international community.

GAPSA International Affairs Committee
The International Affairs Committee advocates on behalf of over 4,000 international graduate and professional students at Penn. In addition,  the committee organizes welcome events for incoming international students, as well as various cultural celebrations throughout the year. The committee works side-by-side with the Equity and Access Committee to support the IDEAL Council, coordinating collaborative events and distributing information about available funding.

Students with Families

Many students undertake postgraduate study with partners and/or children. The Family Resource Center provides a hub for information, resources, activities, and advocacy for students with children.

The Family Center provides a forum for student parents to connect and develop supportive networks, and offers a welcoming and family-friendly environment for Penn students, post-docs, caregivers, and children. 


The space includes a lounge, a family reading room, and a children's playroom complete with toys, games, books, stuffed animals; two private lactation rooms equipped with a Symphony breast pump; and community bulletin boards. 

Graduate Life Programs

The Graduate Student Center coordinates a variety programs and events that promote a vibrant, engaged, and supportive graduate and professional student community at Penn. Graduate Life Programs foster a well-rounded graduate experience, including programs on maintaining a healthy school-life balance, personal development, social events, and building a sense of community. 

Visit the Graduate Life Program page for more information or go to our events page to see upcoming opportunities and events!