The Philadelphia CenterWhat does The Philadelphia Center offer?
Discover Your Direction In Life
•The Philadelphia Center (TPC) offers a unique and valuable 16- week program that allows undergraduates across almost any major to
engage in critical investigations of their own abilities, objectives,
and values in order to help discover their personal and professional
direction in life through:
- Mentored internships
•Students work 32 hours/week in an internship they choose, and create
individualized learning plans of action based on what they want to
achieve and learn while participating in the program. One of our
full-time faculty advisors, along with the workplace supervisor, will
helps facilitate and evaluate this experience through learning plans,
portfolios, and other activities. Please click here for detailed information about the internship process and descriptions of sample internships.
•The Philadelphia Center provides a unique opportunity for students to
develop self-reliance and confidence as they live in apartments they
choose with other students on the program. To learn more about our housing process please click here to watch our Introduction to The Philadelphia Center video.
•At The Philadelphia Center the unique academic seminars are designed to
bridge theory, research, and practice, integrate the program
components, and make the most out of the city experience. City
Seminars meet once a week during the day and are taught by our full-time
faculty advisors, who serve as both seminar leader and internship
advisor to their students and help them integrate the learning that
occurs in their internship, the city, and the classroom. TPC currently
offers the following City Seminars:
The Philadelphia Center offers a variety of electives across different
disciplines to help students diversify their course of study and meet
on-campus requirements, if necessary. Elective courses meet one evening
per week and offer students an opportunity to further diversify their
study. Adjunct faculty members, many of whom are practicing
professionals, bring their real-world perspectives into the classroom.
TPC typically offers the following electives:
•Students will be able to explore one of the nation's most historic
locations. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods and offers
participants a chance to experience a wide variety of interests from the
Avenue of the Arts to the Zoological Garden and everything in between.
For more detailed information about living in Philadelphia please click here.
Who should attend?
•Students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. For
a list of participating schools that recognize The Philadelphia Center
as an approved off-campus program please click here.
Do I need a specific GPA to attend this program?
•Each school maintains its own set of rules and regulations regarding
off-campus programs so please check with your school's off-campus office
to ensure that you meet their GPA requirements.
When is it?
Please click here to visit The Philadelphia Center Calendar page with information on the dates associated with our upcoming programs.
Will I receive college credit?
•Yes. Hope College
in Holland, Michigan is our managing institution. Upon completion Hope
will award you 16 credits. Since you receive credit, internships are
Does The Philadelphia Center guarantee that each student will find a place to live?
Yes. For the 16-week semester program, participants live independently
with other students on the program in apartments or houses they choose
during the first week of the semester. Our experienced staff carefully
guides students through our unique housing process, during which living
arrangements are investigated and chosen from an array of options in and
around Center City Philadelphia. Every student is guaranteed a place
to live. With our help, students learn how to communicate with property
owners, understand what to look for in an apartment, and review and
sign a lease. Our housing process allows each student to gain
independent living skills and make the most out of their Philadelphia
experience. To learn more about our housing process please click here to watch our Introduction to The Philadelphia Center video.
How much is tuition?
•Please click here to visit The Philadelphia Center's Tuition and Budget page.
What is the billing situation?
•Typically, Hope College will invoice your college or university
directly for The Philadelphia Center's tuition; however, individual
arrangements may be made. Please consult with your school's Office of
Off-Campus Study for specific information. Please note that this
billing only relates to tuition. Billing for room and board, utilities,
and other expenses etc are the responsibility of each individual
How much does room and board cost?
•Living expenses are the student's responsibility and costs can vary.
Our alumni agree that, with careful budgeting, expenses in Philadelphia
can be very similar to – or even less than – room, board, and
discretionary spending for a semester at your home campus. For more
information about costs associated with room and board please click here.
Does The Philadelphia Center offer financial aid?
•No. Most schools, however, allow some or all of their financial aid to
transfer. Please consult with your school's Office of Financial Aid
for specific information.
What is the deadline for application?
•The Philadelphia Center accepts students on a rolling admissions
basis. We review applications once they are processed by each specific
school. Since each school has its own deadline for students to apply
please consult with your school's Off-Campus Programs Office.
Where can I download an application for The Philadelphia Center's 16 Week Semester Program?
•Please click here to download a PDF of our application..
How can I contact The Philadelphia Center?
•Click here to email us.