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University Preparation

2016 Summer Program


New Students

International students find the start to their first year at Drexel exciting, but sometimes overwhelming. UPREP is a unique 4 week program that helps both incoming undergraduate international students and master's degree students prepare for academic study at Drexel University. During the program, students receive a comprehensive orientation to Drexel University and intensive academic preparation while learning about college life and meeting new friends. Our goal is to give students the best start to their Drexel experience.

The program is designed for undergraduate and invited master’s degree students.

  • Freshman accepted directly into the program through Drexel University must successfully complete the courses and activities as preparation to start their studies at Drexel University.
  • Graduate master's degree students who are accepted to Drexel may be invited by their departments to participate in the program.

Important Dates

Deadlines & Events Dates
Drexel acceptance March - April
Submit TOEFL scores to Drexel Admissions office April 30
Drexel Enrollment form to with $300 deposit Due
May 1
UPREP Enrollment Due
May 15
UPREP I-20 Form Due
May 23
Check your email for instructions of pre-program lessons
May 24
Complete all required immunizations (except for PPD)
May - August
Email your flight information to July 15
Submit a photo for your Dragon Card ID July 30
Complete Drexel undergraduate placement tests August 1
Complete pre-arrival orientation and college preparation lessons
August 1
Check in to summer housing August 8-9
University Preparation orientation, program, and classes
August 10 - Sept. 7
Drexel University New Student Days for international students

Sample Schedule and Course Descriptions

Sample Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Academic written and oral language course Academic written and oral language course Academic written and oral language course Academic written and oral language course Academic written and oral language course
College life course College life course College life course College life course College life course

University Experience

Conversation Hour

University Experience: Getting to Know Drexel Conversation Hour University Experience: Getting to Know Drexel
Study Hall Evening Activity Study Hall Study Hall Free Time

Course Descriptions

Academic written and oral language course - Practice strategies and skills for communicating on an American campus through speaking and writing. See requirements listed under "How do you complete the University Preparation Program."

College life course - Topics include talking with your professor, participating in discussions, asking for information and getting help, negotiating with your roommates, etc.

University Experience: Getting to Know Drexel - Faculty and staff from the university will present information about free resources to help you at Drexel. Topics include: Using the classroom technology, living and learning in the residence halls, introduction to the library, academic honesty, time management, math and writing centers, academic advising, and the Co-op experience.

Conversation Hour - Meet with Drexel students and staff for conversations about topics that are important to you as an international student.

Study Hall - Meet in small groups to do homework and get help with projects.

Evening Activities - Relax and enjoy an evening movie, dinner with friends, or a night in Center City Philadelphia. Your choice!

How do you complete the University Preparation Program?

All students are expected to attend classes and fully participate in the program.

Graduate students who are invited to participate in the program will receive a certificate of participation and suggestions of resources to assist with graduate study in your field.


For undergraduate freshman students required to complete the University Preparation Program before beginning their studies at Drexel please read this carefully:

Your advisors will determine if you will enter onto one of two paths of study in the Fall. These recommendations will be based on your performance in their UPREP classes and final written and oral communication skills assessments.

Path One: Full-time undergraduate matriculation with special coursework in the Fall term.

Path Two: International Gateway program, which provides a foundation year of English language courses plus academic coursework in preparation of undergraduate study the following fall.

To be recommended for Path One, students must:

  • Fulfill attendance and participation requirements in UPREP classes and activities
  • Achieve 80% or higher in all UPREP classes
  • Achieve 80% or higher in final written and oral communications skills assessments
  • Receive a recommendation from the UPREP Coordinator

More information about requirements and how to obtain a recommendation for Path One will be provided upon arrival.

Skills Assessed for Oral Communications

  • Discuss a variety of academic topics with a native speaker
  • Use appropriate verb tenses and advanced grammatical structures in presentations and debates
  • Initiate, sustain and close conversations in different social settings
  • Answer main idea and most detail questions when listening to lectures and other speaking

Skills Assessed for Written Communications:

  • Write essays with clear introductions, developed body paragraphs, and conclusions
  • Incorporate advanced grammatical structures
  • Read and respond to university texts

Costs for the UPREP Program

Expense Cost
UPREP program fees
Shared room in Drexel Summer Residence Hall (does not include food costs)

Food and other summer expenses

Students will be able to add money to your Drexel Student ID card (Dragon Dollars) to use for dining on and off campus.

 Drexel Insurance for UPREP and Freshman year (insurance information will be explained during orientation)
 $2,337 (Dragon Plan)

How to Enroll and Submit your I-20 Application

To accept your admission to Drexel University and the UPREP Program, please follow these two easy steps:

  1. Submit the Drexel enrollment form to Drexel University with your $300 non-refundable deposit by May 1. 
  2. Submit the $100 non-refundable UPREP Enrollment deposit by May 15.

You will receive your I-20 from the English Language Center for the UPREP program. After completion of the program, your I-20 will be transferred to Drexel.

After you confirm your enrollment with Drexel, complete the special UPREP I-20 application and send directly to

Preparing to Arrive

Check your emails every day for information from Drexel Enrollment Management, ISSS and your own department.

Before you arrive in Philadelphia, sign up for your Drexel email account, choose your fall housing, take your placement tests, and get your immunizations completed.

A reminder: Please expect delays when first arriving in the U.S. as Customs and Border Patrol officers will be checking each F-1 and J-1 student's SEVIS record to ensure that it is in 'Initial' or 'Active' status.


You must set up your Drexel University email account to pay tuition, take your math and science placement tests, see your course schedule, and look for other important information.

Go to Use your Drexel student ID, which is on your acceptance letter.


All undergraduate students must take the online math and science tests in order to help your advisor place you in the correct courses.

Graduate students should contact their department for any preparations to do before arrival.


Bring all your documents to show you have your immunizations. Download and print the Immunization Form. See instructions below for what to do with the Immunization Form.

  1. Print the Immunization Form and give it to your doctor or healthcare provider
  2. Have your healthcare provider complete Part 2 sections A through G of the form
    • Part 2 section A must be completed in the United States
    • The PPD tuberculosis vaccine must be completed in the United States
    • The Quantiferon-TB test can be done in any country, but the results must be submitted in English. Unless you have already received your PPD immunization in the U.S. within the past 12 months, you must get this immunization when you arrive
  3. You (the student) must complete Part 1 and Part 2 section H. We can help you complete Part 1 when you arrive
  4. Submit the Immunization Form
    • Upload the completed form through the DrexelOne Portal
    • Bring the form with you when you arrive to Drexel
    • Do not fax, scan, or email the form


Fall orientation is for students who will study at Drexel. All colleges and schools will have someone to help you. Registration will open in May.

UPREP Summer Housing

  • UPREP undergraduates are required to stay in the Residence Halls for the entire 4 weeks of the program
  • Graduate students are invited to stay in the Residence Halls for the UPREP program before finding Fall housing.

You do not need a separate application for the UPREP summer housing. All UPREP students will be assigned rooms in a Drexel Residence Hall on campus when we receive the Intent to Enroll form.You will pay your UPREP housing fee when you arrive.

Send us an email about your arrival date and time so the residence hall staff can help you. You can move in any time on Monday August 8 or Tuesday August 9. The residence hall is open 24 hours a day.

You will receive sheets and blankets until term switch day. The ELC will help you find a store to buy other items for your room.

You will be staying in Towers Residence Hall.

Towers Hall address: 101 N. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 

  • Large social/study lounges are located on each floor, with 32" flat screen televisions.
  • The laundry room is centrally located on the second floor.
  • A fully furnished game room is available on the first floor.
  • Each bedroom includes a MicroFridge (a microwave and refrigerator combo).
  • Each residents will have a hard-wired connection to ResNet and there are DragonFly wireless activation points throughout the building.


Arriving in Philadelphia

Transportation from Philadelphia International Airport

The easiest way is to take a taxi.

  • When: 24 hours a day. You do not need a reservation.
  • Where: Outside of the baggage claim area.
  • How: Tell the driver the address you want to go to (or write it on a piece of paper).
  • Time: About 20 minutes from the airport to Drexel University.
  • Cost: About $35 including tip (cash or credit card).

Shuttle van service is cheaper, but a little harder.

  • When: 5:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. You do not need a reservation.
  • Where: Go to the Ground Transportation counter in the baggage claim area.
  • How:
    1. Use the phones on the counter. Dial #27 for Lady Liberty Transportation.
    2. Tell them the address you are going to. Ask the people behind the counter for help
    3. Tell the driver the address you want to go to (or write it on a piece of paper).
  • Time: About 30 minutes from the airport to Drexel University (the van may make other stops).
  • Cost: About $15 (cash only). Tell the driver to turn right on 33rd Street. The dormitories are located between Arch and Powelton Streets.
  • campus map

Paying Tuition and Fees

All UPREP payments are due by 5:00 pm Friday, August 2.

  • You will receive directions about paying for all your fees when you arrive. (UPREP program fees, housing, and Drexel health insurance)
  • Payments can be made with credit cards,bank drafts, personal checks, money orders, or cash. Travelers checks are NOT accepted.
  • Credit Card Payments can be only be made online 
    • Master Card, Discover and American Express ONLY; we do NOT accept payment by VISA credit cards.
    • Be sure you have set up your Drexel University Computer Account and have your User ID and Password.
    • All credit card payments are subject to a non-refundable processing fee for each transaction, currently 2.75% (0.0275

Frequently Asked Questions

I retook the TOEFL/IELTS. How do I resubmit my new score?

  • Contact the test organization to submit the new score directly to Drexel Admissions
    Phone: 215.895.2202 | FAX: 215.895.5939 | E-mail:

Who do I contact about my I-20?

  • The ELC will issue your I-20 for UPREP. If you have not received your I-20 by July 1 email At the end of the program, you will receive a new I-20 from Drexel.

Where can I use my Dragon Dollars to buy food?

How do I contact the English Language Center?

  • Phone: 215.895.2022215.895.2022 | FAX: 215.895.6775 | E-mail:

I am a graduate student. Am I required to participate in the UPREP program?

  • Graduate students have been invited to participate because we know that studying in the United States can be challenging. Your advisor has recommended you for this program so that you can get a head start on the skills needed for graduate study.