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Campus Philly 1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
With a quarter of a million college students in the region, it’s difficult to see where each campus ends and the city begins.
in a city built for students.
Philadelphia USA In Philadelphia, you’ll earn more than a degree.
5 universities offer English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. 8 universities confer M.B.A. degrees. Computer Science is taught at more than 12 schools. 13 schools offer majors in the Visual and Performing Arts. 8 schools offer degrees in International Business. 3 of the nation's top Liberal Arts colleges are located here. Pharmacology is offered at 4 schools. 4 area universities offer medical degrees. Nursing is taught at 5 schools.
Welcome to one of the most diverse, integrated and welcoming cities in the world.
Here, mixing academics with work experience is not only easy–it’s pretty much the rule.
“There is so much to do and everything is within reach.” - S.F. Singapore
“With all its greenery and spectacle, I find it one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities.” - B.N.L, Ghana
The best of the USA, all in one place.
“College life is excellent. There are other students everywhere, which makes us a big part of the city and its culture.” - I.P., Athens, Greece
Downtown Philly is “alive” both day and night. People live, work and play right in the center of the city.
To hear what these international students have to say about their Philadelphia experiences, go to www.onebigcampus.com/i_chose_philadelphia.htm.
READING TERMINAL MARKET (right) PHILADELPHIA MURAL PROJECT
Get more than a degree. In Philadelphia, students recognize that the city is as much a learning ground as the classroom. In addition to taking classes at other schools, you can gain valuable hands-on experience at hundreds of area businesses, biotech companies, law firms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and worldrenowned theaters. Nowhere else do college students play such a major role in the geography, culture, economics, and personality of the city, making it quite literally, one big campus.
The greater Philadelphia region is the second largest medical research and education center in the U.S.
This city is fueled by minds like yours.
“Philadelphia gives me the whole East Coast experience. I'm right in between New York City, Washington, D.C., and the Jersey Shore.” - S.Y., Hiroshima, Japan
INTERNS AT MERCK & CO. (top) CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (right)
So you’re thinking of studying in the U.S.? No wonder. j This
is where you will learn from many of the greatest minds on the planet, using the most advanced technology in the world, at the world’s most challenging and prestigious universities.
575,000 international students study in the United States each year. That’s three times more than those who choose Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined.
countries can offer you an American-style degree, but they can’t offer you the full “American Experience”–a unique culture steeped in innovation, individuality and diversity.
you study is also very important. Consider schools in or near a major city, so you can learn as much as possible both in and outside the classroom. Internships are a major part of the Philadelphia student experience.
INTERNS AT SEI INVESTMENTS
Any way you look at it, Philadelphia is a great place to go to college. j With
more than 80 institutions of higher learning, Philadelphia blends the vast resources of a world-class city with the friendly atmosphere of an American college town. has more history than Los Angeles, more diversity than Washington, D.C. or Boston and is more authentically American than New York City.
the nation’s first capitol, and home of Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia is considered “the birthplace of American innovation.”
cheering on famous sports teams, to listening to the latest music, to eating a classic Philly cheese steak, you’ll find the fullest range of American experiences all in one place. than two hours away by car or train are ocean beaches, beautiful mountains plus New York City and Washington, D.C.
no surprise that Pennsylvania (where Philly is located) is the top destination for U.S. students choosing to study outside of their home state.
LE BUS CAFE, MANAYUNK PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (below)
“The city has saved me from living in a campus bubble. I love to get out of my dorm and explore!” - D.K., Accra, Ghana
Philly has whatever you’re looking for.
PHILLY FRINGE FESTIVAL
Matthew Rose, a British graduate student (shown here at age 23, not 73) preparing for “La Traviata” at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.
Imagine landing an internship at any of these internationally-recognized companies. This is a small sample of Philadelphia businesses that are always looking for new, young talent.
Here, the city is your classroom.
Boeing CIGNA Comcast DuPont GlaxoSmithKline Integral Molecular
Lockheed Martin Merck Rohm and Haas SAP Siemens Medical Vanguard Funds
To find other examples of world-class internships and employment opportunities in Philadelphia, go to www.campusphilly.com
INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP FAIR
You can get a diploma anywhere. For a complete education, choose Philadelphia. j In
this city, colleges, businesses and civic leaders work hand in hand. It’s not uncommon for Philadelphia students to learn from CEOs of international corporations or Nobel Prizewinning scientists.
is the busiest port on the North Atlantic coast, and there are 450 foreignowned companies in the region, not to mention 223,000 technology workers.
region’s incredible variety of schools and programs let you study any subject you can
possibly imagine, whether that’s robotics, bioengineering, filmmaking or a major of your own design. j The
region invests more than $700 million in R&D each year and sees more local patents issued than New York City or San Francisco.
out of every six doctors in the U.S. was trained in Philadelphia.
of America’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms are located within a two-hour drive.
Only Philadelphia has an internship fair specifically for international students.
Philadelphia is one of the most diverse, integrated and welcoming cities in the country.
Wherever you go in this city, you’ll feel right at home. j Philadelphia,
“The City of Brotherly Love,” is a perfect representation of the American melting pot. It is a patchwork of international neighborhoods, including Chinese, Indian, Korean, Pakistani, Russian, Nigerian, Greek, Armenian and Latino.
“The city has so much energy. The people are so friendly. I hope to stay here after graduation.”
ranks among the top U.S. education centers. Its colleges and universities host more than 12,500 international students each year.
don’t have to be one of the 400 students from over 65 countries living at International House Philadelphia to take advantage of the 150 cultural, educational, and social programs hosted there annually.
easy to plug right in to Philadelphia, thanks to its affordable cost of living, plentiful housing and easy access to healthcare. So you can spend more time focused on the fun stuff, like what to do on Saturday night.
- S.S., Kenya
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE PHILADELPHIA (TOP)
Philadelphia is above all, a safe city.
Despite the fact that it’s an international hub, Philadelphia is surprisingly affordable. In fact, it’s the most affordable major city in the northeastern United States.
Your home away from home. Philadelphia is affordable.
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average 2-bedroom monthly rent
Manhattan, New York City
SOURCE: 2005 U.S. DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
You’d be hard pressed to find this kind of creative energy in most cities.
There’s no doubt about it. In Philadelphia, the only limit is your imagination. j Philadelphia
is called the Paris of America. It’s
is the perfect place to enjoy the
home to 100 theater companies, more than 100
four seasons. In the fall you can watch the trees
museums, and has the world’s second largest
change colors. In the winter you can go skiing
collection of impressionist paintings.
or skating. In the spring you can go whitewater
extensive transportation system with a
pedestrian-friendly downtown, means there’s no need for a car to get around. When you’re ready to travel, Amtrak trains will take you
rafting. And in the summer you can head to famous Atlantic beaches. Best of all, nothing is more than a 90-minute drive away. j Philadelphia
is one of the most athletic cities in
anywhere on the east coast. Every day over 700
the country with 8 professional sports teams, an
domestic and international flights to over 120
historic college basketball rivalry, the country’s
destinations depart from Philadelphia’s airport.
largest collegiate regatta, the famous Penn relays and the nation’s premier professional cycling race.
ICE SKATING AT PENN’S LANDING (above)
U.S. PRO CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP DAD VAIL REGATTA
WEST OAK LANE JAZZ FESTIVAL
Philadelphia’s thriving music scene. If you’re into cutting-edge music, there’s no better place to hear today’s top emerging sounds. More famous hip-hop artists and DJ’s got their start in Philadelphia than anywhere else. Eve.The Roots. Jill Scott. Rich Medina. King Britt. It’s no coinciits 2004 location. In addition, the city is filled with such an endless array of student-oriented dance clubs, restaurants, art galleries, ethnic festivals, live music and cinema, that Philadelphia has its own online event guide for students: www.campusphilly.org.
SINGER /SONGWRITER WEEKEND; PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA AT THE KIMMEL CENTER; BLACK LILLY AT THE FIVE SPOT
dence that MTV’s Real World made Philadelphia
Find your rhythm in Philadelphia.
Make the Move Don't just picture yourself in Philadelphia. Make it a reality. When you're ready, log on to your computer and check out the many useful Web resources listed below. Or simply start by going to www.onebigcampus.com, the official online guide to Philadelphia and its top colleges.
RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Housing for International Students
Philadelphia guide for international students:
International House in Philadelphia:
Information on how to obtain student visas:
Region’s key visitor portal: www.gophila.com
Hundreds of rental properties located throughout Philadelphia:
Philadelphia student online event and activities guide: www.campusphilly.org Philadelphia events and festivals calendar: www.gophila.com/events
Information on Philadelphia in ten different languages: www.philadelphiausa.travel International Visitor’s Council of Philadelphia: www.ivc.org
Welcoming Center for new Pennsylvanians: www.welcomingcenter.org
Philadelphia International Airport: www.phl.org
Scholarships and Financial Aid Financial aid resources for International Students: www.iefa.org
International Agencies, Documents and Exams
Web sites of U.S. Embassies and other Diplomatic Missions: http://usembassy.state.gov One stop shop for student and youth travel: international driver’s license, international student ID, and other travel discounts: www.istc.org
Pennsylvania financial aid resources:
Government-sponsored guide for U.S. higher education opportunities:
College scholarships: www.fastweb.com
Test of English as a foreign language:
International Fulbright grants and commissions:
College Board online: www.collegeboard.com
Public transportation: www.septa.org ▲
Travel assistance for families visiting Philadelphia colleges: www.onebigcampus.com/travel_desk.htm
FOR LINKS TO PHILADELPHIA’S TOP COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CHECK OUT WWW.ONEBIGCAMPUS.COM
This is a guide to educate prospective students about attending college in Philadelphia. Written in English.