Explore Philly

Yo, welcome to Philly!

Philadelphia, famous as the birthplace of American democracy, today thrives as a vibrant 21st-century city fueled by passion, ingenuity, and grit. Here you will meet diverse citizens ready to have authentic, candid conversations about the challenges our world is facing. Because that's what it takes to invent break-through treatments in medicine, sustainable innovations, and education that sparks revolutionary possibility.

Citizen Diplomacy International is your connection to the people of Philadelphia. You can connect with your peers through our in-person and virtual high school exchange programs, professional exchange programs, and trade missions year-round. And our network of volunteer 'Citizen Diplomats' are here to welcome you. We want to show you all of the great things that Philadelphia's world-famous for.

Come and explore, make a discovery...


Frankly Philadelphia

The second largest city on the East Coast (and first World Heritage City in the nation) has plenty to love, and plenty who love it. Our multicultural community is home to more than a thousand restaurants, from the award-winning to the iconic. Not to mention six professional sports teams (including the 2018 Super Bowl champs), fine art, free fine art and miles of green space. Frankly speaking? What you see here is what you get here. So take a look.



The Department of Commerce’s international business staff is your gateway to Philadelphia. They are here to help you learn about the city and its competitive advantages.  Learn more about how our City can help you start and grow your business.

For more information on international business opportunities, contact the Internation Relations department.



Greater Philadelphia ranks as one of the nation’s leading centers for higher education with nearly 100 colleges and universities. Learn more about educational opportunities for you in Philadelphia here.



Philadelphia has an unmatched network of world-renowned doctors, surgeons, and hospitals that deliver personalized medical, surgical and rehabilitative care ranked among the best in the world in person or from the comfort of your home.  Questions? Check out our partners here.


Regional Stats

At the start of 2020, Philadelphia continued to be largely a tale of success, expanding upon years of economic progress and demographic change. See a Portrait of our City.

Key industries are thriving because of the region’s must-haves for success: unparalleled global access, a deep talent pool, an attractive cost of doing business, a huge market of customers, and an incredible quality of life.  We have the 7th largest workforce of 3.4 million, including highly-skilled talent in key industries: life sciences, energy and manufacturing, technology, financial services, and more. That's why people Select Greater Philadelphia.


Explore Philadelphia

Philadelphia — the only U.S. city featured in National Geographic Traveler’s Best Trips 2020 issue — delivers one destination, five counties, and countless things to do. On the list: fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites, and famous and delicious food.


Stay Connected

Once you particpate in an exchange with Philadelphia, you are a part of our world-wide network of friends. Join our mailing list and stay in touch on social media.

A World Heritage City

Philadelphia is World Heritage City because we have a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value"Independence Hall, and because of the rich array of historic buildings and cultural sites located throughout the city, including 67 National Historic LandmarksWatch this short film to learn more - offered in 12 different languages.

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