Unlike any other program of its kind, for its entering first-year students, IPHS blends lectures, small seminars (typically twelve students), and one-on-one student-faculty tutorials. This unique approach to learning allows students to work closely with their professors.
IPHS promotes a sense of community in which intellectual differences are respected and intellectual ties and relations are forged.
By completing the first-year course, students can fulfill 1.5 units toward a concentration (and 1 1/2 units of the diversification requirement). Beyond the first-year course, IPHS students can earn a concentration by completing at least 1 unit of intermediate-level study, including at least one upper-level seminar, and at least 1/2 unit during the senior year.