Below are resources related to international travel, Taxes, Health and welfare, and policies on campus.

Register your Trip

Be Safe. Be Connected. Be Covered.

Registering your Penn-affiliated trip keeps you connected to Penn resources in the event of an emergency and pre-authorizes your medical insurance coverage. It is mandatory for all Penn students and all Penn faculty and staff traveling with Penn students or Penn-affiliated trips to register their international travel. 

To register your travel visit:

Mental Health 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the counseling center for the University of Pennsylvania. CAPS offers free and confidential services to all  Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. CAPS helps students adjust to university life, manage personal and situational challenges, develop coping strategies, and grow personally and professionally. CAPS' trained clinicians offer individual, group, and couples therapy. 

CAPS Hours:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. & Fri.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tues., Wed., & Thurs.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat.

Penn Violence Prevention

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking on campus. We foster collaborative relationships across campus to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to support services and primary prevention. Through collective community action, we are committed to ending interpersonal violence by addressing gender inequity, social injustice, and oppression through outreach and education.

The group is committed to education and outreach. Visit their website for more details.

The Phd Process

UPenn has developed a guidebook for graduate students where they can learn more about what to expect, prepare for, and how to go about choosing an advisor or mentor for their PhD. For more information, visit: 

You can also find out more specific information  on the PhD process through 1 pagers, which break down averages including demographics, time to completion, and job placement. 

PhD Natural Sciences

PhD Humanities

PhD Social Sciences

Faculty Wellness Partners

Faculty Wellness Partners are available to provide a sounding board for graduate students as they navigate relationships with advisors, issues within departments or labs, and a range of other concerns  about graduate school life. Faculty  Wellness Partners will be available to provide guidance for SAS students as they negotiate their  academic and professional careers. Typically, we will meet with students from 1-3 times, for 30  minutes each. 

To sign-up and for more info, visit:

thrive at penn

Thrive at Penn (TAP) is an online program that assists students with their Penn experience. TAP prepares students to make healthy choices during their university experience and provides information about resources available to support student success. Topics covered include thriving at a research university; wellness and health; the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs; healthy relationships and sexual violence prevention; and resources specific to your needs at a Penn student.

For more information visit the Graduate Student Center's Website:

Medical Leave &

Health Insurance

SAS-funded graduate students considering a medical leave should inform their Graduate Group Chair and ask the Graduate Chair to submit a request for medical insurance coverage from the SAS Graduate Dean. SAS will cover the medical insurance of funded graduate students for up to two semesters while on medical leave. Coverage is limited to two semesters for the duration of the SAS PhD career, however the two semesters need not be consecutive. Students already on medical leave should contact the SAS Graduate Division to have their case reviewed.

penn Franklins

Penn Franklins is a student-run wellness organization whose primary purpose is to provide peer-to-peer support to Penn graduates through empathic listening, connective experiences, and referrals.


For more information or to find out how to get support, please email the Penn Franklins at:

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