Living Cultures

Integrated Studies Program

The Living Cultures program offers a fun environment for students interested in exploring the dynamic relationship between Philadelphia’s local communities and global cultural trends. The theme for this year’s Living Cultures program is: Philly Firsts. Students living and studying in Philadelphia are surrounded by a community steeped in a vibrant history of ‘firsts’. For much of its history Philadelphia has been a leading intellectual and cultural center, home to a rich tradition of medical, scientific, and political firsts. Similarly, the first year of college can be defined by many “firsts”: first time away from home; first time in the United States, first generation to attend college, first time studying in a different language; etc.  This year, Living Cultures explores this theme of “firsts” through various events, activities, and outings that connect students’ first year experience with Philadelphia’s vibrant cultural and historical relationship to the world.

Members play a crucial role in shaping the direction of the program in collaboration with Faculty fellows, GAs, and RAs. Living Cultures activities can include outings to the Mütter Museum, Bartram’s Garden, The Woodlands Cemetery, The Italian Market, Chinatown, Penn Museum, Barnes Foundation, and sampling some of Philly’s many culinary delights. They can also include hall events such as home-cooked dinners, film screenings, and creative craft-making. Student interest in leadership and interactive learning is of vital importance to this group and ensures that the program is lively and evolves throughout the school year. 

Whether you are interested in majoring in science, business, humanities or social science, Living Cultures can offer meaningful learning experiences that strengthen intercultural understanding. Living Cultures welcomes First-Generation, Low-Income students and minority students and provides opportunities to build community and establish a solid footing on campus. Through its emphasis on lived cultural experiences this program community plays a vital role in making Riepe an inclusive space.

To Apply to this Program:

Submit an online housing application and list this program as one of your top two choices.  You're required to submit a short essay as part of the Program Community application process. Follow the essay prompt as indicated in the application. You can also visit the Program Community Application Help page and the general Program Communities page for additional information.