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  • Locations: Philadelphia, United States
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Area of Study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Comparative American Studies, Law & Society, Pre-Law, Sociology, Urban Studies
SA Program Focus: Internship Match for Oberlin Spring '22: No
Program Description:
The Philadelphia Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to thrive through experiential education. Each term we help students secure professional, accredited internships and independent housing throughout the vibrant and diverse city of Philadelphia. Students explore career paths through real-world applications and rigorous, seminar-style courses. We provide our students with the opportunity to gain independence while learning in a safe and supportive environment. Our students leave Philadelphia with a strong sense of their abilities, social and professional aspirations, and a plan for their future.

The Philadelphia Center offers students a unique opportunity to apply their liberal arts education in a meaningful way. As a global leader in experiential learning, we integrate urban living, academic study, and professional development with every student’s experience. We use the city as a classroom, providing social and academic support through thought-provoking seminar courses. Our passionate full-time faculty advisors are dedicated to helping every student grow, thrive, and take ownership of their academic and professional future.

Working closely with their TPC faculty advisors, students develop an individualized learning plan, concentrate on key knowledge and skill areas, produce a professional portfolio, and participate in on-site meetings throughout the course of the program. Students are required to take one of our city seminars, which incorporate the students’ experiences in the workplace and in the city with their academic coursework. The learning that occurs in the student’s internship is inextricably linked to the discussions and learning that happen in the city seminar. Students will receive four academic credits for the course.

Students also take an elective at TPC. Electives, like the city seminars, often take advantage of the city by using it as a classroom. Our talented adjunct faculty, many of whom are practicing professionals, bring real-world perspectives into the classroom. Students who take an elective will receive up to four credits upon the successful completion of the course.