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University Programs

Colleges, universities and their students are important partners to Citizen Diplomacy programs. International exchange helps cement America's place as the world leader in international education. No country has trained more foreign leaders than the United States.

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Institutional Partnerships

As a top regional asset, Citizen Diplomacy promotes Philadelphia's higher education institutions. With Universities facing a trend of fewer international students, Citizen Diplomacy partnerships help colleges:

Connect with Institutions via Sister Cities

Identify and contact foreign institutions in Sister Cities and other countries for transfer or articulation agreements promoting student enrollment and study abroad opportunities.

Exclusive Digital Learning Opportunities

Provide exclusive student learning opportunities by bringing International Professional Leadership Exchange participants (influential international leaders selected by embassies all over the world) right into the classroom.

Grow Your Network

Expand the professional network of faculty and administration through professional presentations or receptions, setting the stage for future international collaborations with exchange participants.

Expand Your Programs Internationally

Market adult and non-traditional student programs internationally, such as short-term English Language programs.

For more information about becoming a corporate member or sponsoring a Citizen Diplomacy event, please contact Andrea Silva at 215-486-2092  or email

CDI entrepreneurs and small business development

University Student Programs

Citizen Diplomacy International is here to support your global education! 

Our international exchange programs expose Philadelphia university students to global learning opportunities. Students represent Philadelphia to international peers and leaders while cultivating diplomatic and cultural skills that prepare you for in-demand global careers.

Exchange and study abroad opportunities administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, such as the Fulbright Expo2020. Use the ECA’s Exchange Finder here

University students can take advantage of:

Citizen Diplomat Academy

Free, summer, virtual exchanges in STEM Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Learn more here.


Internships in our Philadelphia office (or virtually) for students interested in global business, marketing, nonprofit administration, and global studies. Apply here.

Discounted Membership

CDI Memberships for students starting at $25 per year give you access to all local Citizen Diplomacy educational and networking programs. Start networking with Philadelphia’s international community here.

Sister Cities Scholarships for Non-US Students

If you are a resident of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities, you can apply at several Philadelphia region universities for Sister City Scholarships to study and live in the City of Brotherly Love. Sister City Scholarship requirements and awards are determined by each granting institution and vary considerably - please contact schools directly with questions.

CDI students

Arcadia University

A $15,000 annual academic, merit scholarship offered to new, full-time undergraduate students, first-year or transfer.  Students must be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree full-time and must meet Arcadia’s Undergraduate Admissions Requirements. Please contact Arcadia’s Office of Enrollment Management by phone toll free: +1-877-ARCADIA, Skype: AuInternational or E-mail:


Drexel University

$2,666 Scholarship amount is awarded per academic quarter (Approx. $10,000 per year). Renewable for undergraduate career pending academic performance. Please contact Marc Vallone, Associate Director of International Admissions via email at or phone at 215.895.2343 or schedule a chat


Temple Fox School of Business MBA Program

Three scholarships per year are available for for residents from one of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities who have a GMAT score of 675 or higher, a GPA of 3.5 and above, and a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 6.5. $5,000 for specialized Master's Programs and $10,000 for the MBA Program. Please contact Christine Kiely, Vice Dean of Graduate and International Programs and Admissions at or learn more about Fox here


Temple University

$10,000 per academic year for four years for eligible first-year applicants from one of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities. Scholarship deadline February 1, winners will be announced annually by April 1. Additionally, Temple recognizes international students who demonstrate a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding through the $20,000 #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship and the #WhyUS campaign and scholarships, which range from $2,000 to $10,000 for up to four consecutive years. Please contact Peter Lundbye, Director of International Admissions at or schedule a virtual appointment with an undergraduate admissions representative.

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Citizen Diplomat

Future leaders need global competency skills in order to work with people from other countries, understand complex world issues, and develop cross-cultural relationships, and Citizen Diplomacy International makes that possible.

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