Penn Graduate Student Center

Intercultural Programs

About Intercultural Programs

Practice and improve your language skills as you join other graduate students in conversation!  Email if you are interested in serving as a volunteer chat coordinator.

Community Impact Fund Events and Application

Application for Funding

Rolling applications being accepted through Friday, May 19, 2017

The Grad Center Community Impact Fund was designated by University Provost Vincent Price to support graduate student initiatives and activities that build a community of mutual respect and intercultural understanding on campus. In particular, activities that address racial, cultural, or gender-based bias are to be supported with this fund.

Language Chats

Join other grad students for weekly informal language chats! These are not language classes, but are instead a fun way for speakers to practice their skills and meet new people. All participants should have conversation skills in the chat language they are attending.

Spanish Chat

Monday, April 24, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, 2nd Floor Conference Room


Join us for Spanish Chats every other Monday from 5-6pm in the 2nd floor conference room.

Last Chats of the semester is 12/5!

Korean Chats

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Managed to read Hangul, but never practiced to speak? If this sounds like you, then join us for Korean Chats! More advanced speakers are also welcome. 
Learn Korean with a certified Korean language teacher and have fun!
If you have any question about the chat, please email 

Tuesdays, 11am-12pm Rm 302

Turkish Chats

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk


Chat? In Turkish? Tam Isabet! (Right on target!)

Turkish is a hidden gem in the realm of exotic languages. Not only do over 80 million people in Turkey, but it is also on the list of the U.S. Department of State’s critical languages. Even opting to learn Persian or Urdu after learning Turkish is not difficult to do, since there are many cognates within these languages–all of which stem from Arabic.



Turkish Language:

  • is written with the Latin Alphabet: Easy to Learn.

  • is pronounced as written: Easy to Read.

  • includes French, English, Arabic and Persian root words: Easy to Recognize.

  • is, gramatically, like playing with LEGOS.

  • has no exceptions: It is what it is.


  • is the basic inheritor of the Ottomans which is the last, longest and most prestigious classical empire experience of the world: There should be something to talk about more than Harem!

  • also has a modern, democratic, and European background.

  • is one of the most active countries in terms of politics, economics, and social movements.

We invite you to speak about Istanbul, Cappadocia, Islam, Anatolian Antique Civilizations, Ottomans, Byzantines, art, science, fairytales, tourism, nature, Rumi, hospitality, people, coffee, tea, food, youth with knobs on. Naturally, by its own language.

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm, Rm 302

English Chats

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Middle East Center

Middle East and North Africa Studies Social Hour for Graduate Students

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk


Meet * Discuss * Connect 
All graduate students with professional/academic interests in the Middle East, North Africa, or Central Asia - enjoy meeting one another over drinks and refreshments from Manakeesh.

Please register! Looking forward to connecting with each other.

Outside Events for Parents & Families

Family and Kids Programs at the Penn Museum

Penn Museum Family Programming

Families can create fun memories in the Penn Museum’s international galleries with a lineup of engaging programs geared toward visitors of all ages. Except where noted, programs are free with Museum admission donation ($15 general admission; $12 for seniors [65+]; $10 for full-time students [with ID] and children [6-17]; free for Penn Museum members, children under 6, active U.S. military and PennCard holders.

For the most updated information on family programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (required for some programs) visit the Museum’s


World Culture Series and Family Saturdays bring the Museum collections to life, immersing visitors of all ages in music, dance, culinary arts, crafts, and cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221