The Philadelphia Center Program

  • Location: USA - Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Application Deadline: February 20 prior to fall semester; September 20 prior to spring semester
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: The Philadelphia Center Program


This program is suspended for Spring 2023. Stay tuned for updates.


Philadelphia is like a big, small town. Thanks to the street grid system designed by Philadelphia Founding Father William Penn, the city is easy to navigate and perfect for day-to-day living. A ten minute walk from The Philadelphia Center, located in the heart of Center City, will take you to half a dozen theaters, several major art and science museums, South Street’s shopping, Old City’s galleries, the Kimmel Center, the Italian Market, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and a variety of restaurants. A slightly longer walk takes you to the renowned collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest urban park (four times the size of New York City’s Central Park), where you can bike, hike, run, row, and rollerblade.

The Program

This program is a unique and valuable 16-week program in the fall or spring semester that allows undergraduates to engage in critical investigations of their own abilities, objectives, and values in order to help discover their personal and professional direction in life. It combines city living seminars, academic electives, and internships. Students usually 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. These internships available to students are in the following areas: Applied Arts and Design, Business and Economics, Communications, Education, Fine Arts, History, Law & Government, Medicine and Health, Physical Sciences, Psychological and Social Sciences, Social Work, and Women’s Studies. Faculty and Staff from The Philadelphia Center along with the workplace supervisor will help facilitate and evaluate this experience through learning plans, portfolios, and other activities.


The program is open to students from all academic majors. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to participate.

Application Process

  1. Apply to study away with the Allegheny International Education Office. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline.
  2. Once accepted, the Allegheny International Education Office will provide instructions about applying to the New York Arts Program.

Student Life & Housing

Students live independently with other students on the program in apartments or houses they choose during the first week of the semester. Experienced staff guide students through their unique housing process, during which living arrangements are investigated and chosen from an array of options in and around Center City Philadelphia. With the help of the TPC staff and faculty, students learn how to communicate with property owners, understand what to look for in an apartment, and review and sign a lease. Responding to current interests and student needs, The Philadelphia Center offers a variety of programs, events, workshops, and discussion groups including: Career Development; Difference, Diversity and Identity; Homelessness in Philadelphia; Philly 101: An Insider’s Guide to Philly; Potluck and Movie Night. We also support several student-run committees and we encourage you to explore the city and work together to promote change.


Students are charged Allegheny tuition, and fees (including $300 off-campus fee). Housing and food are arranged for and paid by students once on site in Philadelphia. It is suggested that you have access to at least $2000 in start up money for the first week of the program. Allegheny student health insurance is valid on the program, although it may need to be supplemented to meet the Philadelphia Center’s requirements. Additional costs: transportation to Philadelphia, average monthly costs to include the following: rent (between $250-$600), utilities (roughly $75), furniture rental/purchase (roughly $50), local transportation ($55), groceries ($160), eating out ($160), entertainment/travel ($200), miscellaneous ($75).