The Philadelphia Center, Hope College's off-campus urban experiential program since 1967, is designed to provide students from across the country with an independent living and learning experience while earning college credit from Hope. 

Students who enroll at The Philadelphia Center have the option of two programs — a 16-week fall or spring semester program or an 8-week summer learning work program. Each program combines multidisciplinary seminars, an internship experience, city living and comprehensive advising. A typical student's schedule looks like this:

  • Intern four days a week
  • Attend a City Seminar course one day a week
  • Attend an Elective Seminar one evening a week

You'll leave Philadelphia with a strong sense of your abilities, your social and professional aspirations, and a plan for your future. 

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Since 1967

The Philadelphia Center is one of the nation's oldest experiential education institutions. Since 1967, we have fostered an intentionally small, off-campus experiential education program that complements the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. We have helped nearly 7,000 students from almost 90 colleges and 50 countries put their education in action.

Hope by the Numbers

  • 99%Alumni who would recommend studying at TPC.

    99% of our alumni would recommend TPC to a prospective student.

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  • 72%TPC helped with grad school acceptance.

    72% of TPC alumni report their experience helped them get accepted into grad school.

  • 95%Gained substantial knowledge from internship.

    95% students said they experienced substantial learning during their internship.

  • 87%Alumni who report TPC experience lead to a job.

    87% reported that their TPC experience helped them find employment after graduation