International Student Reception

The International Student Reception is a special event hosted by the International Classroom and sponsored by more than 50 colleges, universities, and programs to welcome new international students and scholars to the Delaware Valley. This free event draws nearly 1,000 students and scholars from around 85 different countries.

Held every year in the magnificent Chinese Rotunda, it is the only large-scale welcome reception of its kind in the region, drawing an ever-growing number of college and university international students to meet each other and learn about resources for multicultural education. It is considered the national model among international educators.

Friday, October 4, 2013 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

International students are welcomed into the Chinese Rotunda for the welcoming festivities.Different college and community performing arts groups love to share their talent and skills with the international guests. Hype, Penn University’s multi-cultural fusion dance group; Penn Chinese Dance Group; Thillana, Penn’s premier student classical dance group; Mutya, a Filipino dance group; LaSalle University’s Neo-African Drums’n Dancez; Rowan University musicians; and Anne Hagert from the University of the Arts have all volunteered their time and expertise to entertain our international guests.

Walter Perry, Interim Dean of Students, University of Sciences in Philadelphia writes, "it is such an amazing annual event; starting with such a simple concept, but coordinated on an ambitious scale. When it all comes together, for one night we have respect, civility, laughter and harmony. The evening is filled with lively conversation, international cuisine and performances by groups like Hype, a Penn performing arts group that explores multi-cultural styles and mediums of dance."

Please contact your International Student Office for more information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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