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Intercultural Community Bridge Program

Bridging the gap between students, faculty, staff and community members

Family 13, New Year's DayFamily 21 (2012-2013) hanging out at the Chinese New Year Celebration

What is the Intercultural Community Bridge program?

This program is for International Gateway students at the English Language Center, Drexel University faculty and staff, fully matriculated Drexel students, and members of the West Philadelphia community. The goal of the program is to foster intercultural competence and appreciation within the Drexel and Philadelphia communities.

The program provides students, employees and community members with incredible opportunities to learn about different cultures as well as a chance to share their expertise on their own cultures.  In addition to this, all participants will be able to form lasting and meaningful relationships.

We create "families away from home" for International Gateway students.  A "community family" consists of four to five people:  two or three International Gateway students, a fully-matriculated Drexel student, and a university employee or community member.

Family 15 (2012-2013)Family 7 (2012-2013) playing pool at Ross Commons

Families  meet monthly from October to April for an activity that they have chosen.  Participants can attend a variety of free Drexel events, share a meal together, enjoy an event in the West Philadelphia community, and lots more.

Participation is required for International Gateway students.  Interested Drexel students and faculty/professional staff/community members should complete an Interest Form.

Student leadership within the program

Matriculated students can choose to be their group's family leader!

The English Language Center has partnered with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to develop Drexel students' leadership and intercultural communications skills.

  • Student leaders will be responsible for increasing connections between students, faculty, professional staff, and community.
  • They will have opportunities to develop new skills, gain leadership competencies, and use what they have learned in the classroom in real-world scenarios.

Family 7 dinner and holiday gift exchange at Han Dynasty

For more information, contact or call 215.571.4139.