Congratulations and welcome to Wharton! You have been selected to participate in the Wharton International Exchange Program. We look forward to welcoming you to Philadelphia. Please review the following video carefully since it contains data on course registration, visas, housing and other important matters.
Logistics: Housing, Visas and More
On-campus housing for graduate students is conveniently located in the Sansom Place East and West high rises at 36th-37th and Chestnut Streets. A variety of options are available, including furnished single rooms, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Several upper-level floors are dedicated to Wharton MBA students in Sansom Place West. No children or pets (except fish) can be accommodated. To apply, visit http://www.upenn.edu/housing and select My Home at Penn. You will need your PennKey to log in.
On-campus housing provides advantages such as:
CONVENIENCE 5-minute walk to Huntsman Hall, furnished units, access to Penn’s wireless networks, one monthly rent bill that includes utilities.
FLEXIBLE OCCUPANCY PERIODS conducive to the academic calendar
COMMUNITY AND GRADUATE PROGRAMMING an opportunity to interact with Wharton and other graduate students. The Sansom Place staff also provides support and advocacy for Penn graduate and professional students.
Department of Residential Services
3702 Spruce Street
The Office of Off-Campus Services (OCS) assists students, staff and faculty at all stages of their off campus living experience.
Resources include: An interactive, searchable database of available rentals with hundreds of units listed at any one time. Listings include individual rental units (studios, one-, two-, three or more- bedroom apartments and houses), as well as share and sublet opportunities. Most of the rental listings are located in the University City/West Philadelphia and Center City neighborhoods.
Office of Off-Campus Services (OCS)
3702 Spruce Street, Stouffer Commons
International House Philadelphia is an independent, nonprofit residential facility conveniently located within a couple blocks of UPenn’s center campus. IHP can accommodate students on a temporary living basis that are academically affiliated with the University. Nightly, monthly and long term rates are available. For more information, visit
www.ihousephilly.org or call 215.895.6540.
Short-term housing opportunities:
Regarding visas, we strongly recommend that you obtain a valid student visa. You can choose either F-1 or J-1 visa. Please review the F-1 versus J-1 at http://global.upenn.edu/isss/new#f1vsj1. After receiving your 9-digit Student ID number (will be sent to you by email after your PennKey Setup Code Letter is sent to you by postal mail), please follow this link https://www.ipenn.oip.upenn.edu to submit online I-20/DS-2019 application eform with required supporting documents to the University of Pennsylvania, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). In past years several exchange students were turned away at the U.S. border due to the lack of appropriate visa. You may want to contact the Penn ISSS, which handles I-20/DS-2019 requests on behalf of the Wharton School, if there is I-20/DS-2019 or visa question. Please note: Since you will be attending Wharton for one semester, you need only show sufficient funds for the amount per semester listed on the form. Please select the amount listed under “Wharton Exchange”. Lastly, ISSS has asked that we remind you to submit credit card information via the online shipping form if you would like the I-20/DS-2019 sent to you via DHL. Please feel free to contact ISSS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-8984661
The university requires full-semester exchange students to either purchase the Penn Sponsored Insurance Plan (PSIP) or complete a waiver for those already possessing equivalent insurance. The requirements and process are on the Student Health Services website: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/insurance.php. Please contact Student Health directly with questions.
Students coming on exchange for only one quarter are not required to meet the university’s health insurance requirements and are not eligible to purchases PSIP but should still purchase health insurance that will cover them while here. We do not recommend any specific plan, but there are two sites: HTH at http://www.hthstudents.com/ or SOS International at http://www.sosinternational.com/ that you might want to check out. They can provide insurance, though not as comprehensive as some other plans, for the semester at reduced rates. If you use an alternate form of insurance, be sure that it covers: 1) medical benefits of at least $50K/person per accident or illness; 2) repatriation in the amount of 47.5K; and 3) medical evacuation in the amount of $10K. You will still need to pay the Student Health Fee (but that’s quite worth the $200 or so if you are unwell and need to be seen by a doctor on campus). You must be insured for hospitalization or emergency in some way – the costs are too exorbitant otherwise.
All students coming to Penn are required to submit immunization records to Student Health Services. Please visit the Immunizations website to find out which immunizations are required and the process for submitting your records: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/immunization.php. Please contact Student Health directly with any questions.
Transporation from Airports
Regardless of the airport or the ground transportation route you select, please ask airport ground transportation/information staff for assistance in obtaining approved
Philadelphia International Airport
The University of Pennsylvania and International House are located in the “University City” section of Philadelphia. Therefore, you can take a taxi for the flat rate (not using the meter) described on the Philadelphia International Airport website.
Limousine service to Philadelphia is probably the most convenient and affordable way to travel. You can contact Dave’s Best in advance: http://www.davesbestlimoservice.com/services.php of travel for up-to-date quotes and reservations. Additional information is available on the JFK Airport website.
Newark Liberty Airport
This New Jersey airport is also served by Dave’s Best Limousine service (see above) and a number of other alternatives. Additional information is available on the Newark Liberty Airport website.
A World-Class City
Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the United States, where the Declaration of Independence was written and the Constitution was drafted. It served as the original capital of the country until the city of Washington was built. Currently, Philadelphia is a vibrant city of 1.5 million population in a metropolitan area of about 5 million. It has outstanding cultural institutions, including world-class museums and a renowned orchestra. Center city is readily accessible, 1-2 miles east of the Penn campus.
See the following links and resources to learn more about the city.