American Homestay Network – Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the City of Firsts. Founded in 1681 the city has a rich history of innovation and a public service, with the first American public parks, first free library, first free fire company, first public hospital, first medical school and most important, the first capital of the United States. The famous Declaration of Independence was signed in in the city, so when American’s celebrate the 4th of July, American hearts and mind think of Philadelphia.

When it comes to education, Philadelphia is among America’s elite cities, led by Ivy League University of Pennsylvania along with Drexel, Temple, St. Joes, LaSalle and the notable schools along the Main Line. Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley also have a wealth of private high schools that welcome international students.

Fun Facts About Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia is the second largest city on the Eastern Seaboard (even Eastern Time Zone)
  • Philadelphia ‘s nickname is The City of Brotherly Love, dating back to William Penn, its founder, but don’t ask another city’s sports fan!
  • Philadelphians love their sports teams, but the baseball team called the Phillies have lost 1,087 more games than they have recorded victories. The Oakland A’s and the Golden State Warriors used to call Philadelphia home.
  • Super Bowl weekend in Philadelphia kicks off with the annual Wing Bowl, an eating competition, which starts at 5:30 a.m. The record – 444 chicken wings.
  • Fairmount Park is the world’s largest landscaped urban park.
  • More firsts, the first zoo, first newspaper, …

Homestay Parter Institutions in and Around Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia

Located along the northern edge of Center City, CCP is a large urban institution that offers associates degrees and training programs in just about every imaginable field of study. International students are invited to join the American Honors Pathway that jumps starts their studies and opens the doors to transfer to American Honors national network of four-year colleges and universities that extends from coast to coast, including institutions such as MIT, American University, Brandeis University, and Georgetown University.

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. Established in 1964 it is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. The main campus in Harrisburg features state of the art facilities and a competitive learning environment in a thriving metropolitan area. A two year degree from HACC easily transfers to many of the region’s fine universities, so stay with a local family, and start your American experience in Harrisburg.

Rutgers University-Camden

Located just across the Delaware River from historic Philadelphia, Rutgers–Camden is at the very heart of activity in the metro Philadelphia region. As the southernmost of the three regional campuses that comprise Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers–Camden delivers all the resources of one of America’s most prestigious public research universities, with all the benefits of a supportive small-college experience at a competitive tuition rate. With homestay options along the PATCO line to nearby Cherry Hill or in the city of Philadelphia, students can pick an urban or suburban setting for where to stay.

Other Colleges and Universities in and Around Philadelphia


Philadelphia has a moderate climate and has an average temperature of 85 in the summer and 32 in the winter. You can experience the 4 seasons in the city, with skiing in the mountains an hour away and beaches in New Jersey an hour away.