Whether you choose to design a business model for a nonprofit organization, help improve education at local schools, or lead public health initiatives, you can apply what you learn in the classroom in service of positive change.

The impact of Penn’s civic outreach begins in our immediate neighborhoods and extends around the world, wherever our programs will help the most.

First, Be a Good Neighbor

Every day, we have experiences that show us why Philadelphia is called “the City of Brotherly Love,” and we aspire to do our part to be a good neighbor with appreciation and respect for our hometown.

Our landmark programs and initiatives channel our best ideas and human energy into proactive connections with local communities. Our students have helped improve education at local schools, fostered public health, stimulated economic development, and turned parking lots into beautiful green spaces. The generous spirit of our students guides us and helps the entire Penn community grow while working and learning in service to society.

Dynamic Community Partnerships

Penn President Amy Gutmann was the first Ivy League President to sign the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Find out how we’re leading the way in sustainability efforts.

Penn Public Safety keeps our community safe while offering safety programs such as RAD, Penn Guardian, bicycle safety and emergency preparedness.

More than just a neighborhood, University City is a destination to explore food and culture. Enjoy the green spaces, outdoor markets, and close-knit community.

Our Global Impact

Penn is a leader in recruiting international faculty and is home to one of the largest and most diverse international communities in the Ivy League, so it’s only natural that our civic engagement projects extend far beyond the city limits. 

We partner with communities, organizations, and governments around the world to build networks, share ideas, and look for innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions to global problems.

Our campus is incredibly welcoming to international students, helping them transition to life in Philadelphia and embracing their contributions to the Penn community. The sheer number of nationalities, religions, and points of view represented on Penn’s campus make it the perfect place to prepare for life and leadership in an increasingly diverse world.

Landmark Global Initiatives

Penn Global provides a central location for students, faculty, administrators, and alumni to find information about Penn's global activities on and off campus.

The Office of the Provost for Global Initiatives provides strategic direction for Penn's global endeavors, including support of Penn's academic year study abroad, and international student services.

ISSS provides core services to international students, visiting scholars, faculty and academic departments.

Perry World House is the home to Penn’s global activities, a gathering place for students and scholars to engage on issues of international concern, and an interdisciplinary research center designed to translate academic work into innovative approaches to global challenges.