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A Postdoc Guide to University Resources

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

English Language Programs

Semester schedule of evening classes on a variety of ESL topics (pronunciation, vocabulary, academic English, business English, TOFEL, etc.) as well as intensive opportunities.
34th and Walnut Streets
21 Bennett Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phone: (215) 898-8681
fax: (215) 898-2681
Drexel English Language Center

Quarter schedule of elective classes on a variety of ESL topics (pronunciation, vocabulary, academic English, business English, TOFEL, etc.) as well as full-time 4 week and 12 week intensive programs.
229 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phone: (215) 895-2022
fax: (215) 895-6775
Lingual Institute

Private Instruction only. Largest non-academic institute in the region. Flexible hours and curriculum. Purchase time in minimum of 10-hour intervals.
117 S. 17th Street Suite 300 Philadelphia, PA 19103-5025 phone: (215) 564-4040 fax: (215) 561-3883
International House Spoken English Program

Offers 10-week evening and day courses, beginning each semester.
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phone: (215) 895 6541 or (215) 895 6552

Insurance Package


Garnett-Powers & Associates
(administrators of Postdoc Insurance Package)
Phone: 1-800-319-9557

University of Pennsylvania Postdoctoral Insurance Plan

Insurance Rate Plan Chart

International Medical Benefits Requirements

Office of International Programs

International Student and Scholar Services Handbook

3701 Chestnut St., Suite 1W/3199
Phone: (215) 898-4661




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Social Security Cards

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is where one applies for a social security card or makes official names changes.
NOTE: All Foreign Nationals must apply for a Social Security Card in order to be paid.

2nd Floor
3901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 596-4934


Office of the Comptroller-Corporate Tax Office (

The Tax Office is the University designated expert for all tax related issues. Foreign Nationals are encouraged to contact them directly for questions related to tax laws and treaties.

329 Franklin Building
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6284
Phone: (215) 898-6573


All postdoctoral appointees are required to take bioethics training.

Bioethics Training is a web-based program found on Knowledge Link at .

You will need your Penn Key and password to log on. For BPP postdocs Bioethics Training will be found under required training. Click on Enroll to start the training.

Bioethics training is jointly sponsored by the Department of Medical Ethics, Biomedical Graduate Studies and the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs.

Department of Medical Ethics (

The Department of Medical Ethics offers ethics courses, a short course on research ethics, a Master's in Bioethics, sponsors conferences, a variety of grand rounds and ethics rounds, and consultation on matters pertaining to research ethics, research design, subject selection, etc.

Suite 320
3401 Market St./3308
Phone: (215) 898-7136