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International Students

At Drexel University, we are committed to our values of diversity and global engagement. We recognize that our graduate student body and the entire University benefit from the experiences and perspectives of students from all over the world.  

Students from nearly 100 countries have made Drexel their choice for graduate education. Located in Philadelphia, America's sixth largest city and one of the nation's most historic and diverse, Drexel gives international students a vibrant introduction to American culture while honoring the contributions of all cultures. Drexel is one of only two universities in the Philadelphia area to have achieved the "top doctoral institution" designation in U.S. News & World Report's prestigious annual rankings.

Below you'll find information about applying to Drexel and other resources the University offers to international students. We encourage you to learn about our programs and explore the opportunities that the world-class education a graduate degree from Drexel can provide.

International Students and Scholars Services

Drexel's Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) offers a vast array of programs and services to international students, scholars, and faculty representing 117 countries. ISSS staff can advise international students on immigration, academic, cultural, financial, and personal concerns.

Visit the ISSS site to learn about their services.

Visas

The Office of International Students and Scholars Services outlines the steps necessary and provides links to the forms to complete the visa application process on their New Students page.

Work Opportunities

A Drexel education has combined theory with practice since 1919 through our undergraduate cooperative education program. Opportunities for real-world work and research experience are now available for select master's programs through Graduate Co-op, which provides six months of paid full-time employment directly related to their field of interest with academic credit.

Our Graduate Co-op program is a form of Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Students who complete Graduate Co-op are still eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) before or after graduation. Students who complete degrees in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) program are also eligible for a 24-month OPT extension after they graduate. Learn more about trainings on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Practical Training page.

Though there are certain visa-related restrictions, international students can pursue many of the same employment opportunities as U.S. residents while studying for their degree. For more specific information about the types of student visas and how they affect employment eligibility, please see the International Students and Scholars Services Working in the U.S. page.

Healthcare

Drexel operates a walk-in health center for its students. For details of the services provided, please see the Drexel Student Health Center.

Depending on your visa type, you may be required to purchase health insurance coverage through the University. Please see the University Health Insurance Policy for more information.

Housing

On-campus housing is available for graduate students through a lottery system. However, many Drexel graduate students typically live off campus and commute by foot, bike, car, or public transit. Visit the University Housing website for more information about living on campus.

The University's Commuter Student Resources maintains lists of area landlords and can help you with the basics of finding a place to live.

English Language Center

The English Language Center (ELC) at Drexel offers a variety of programs to help students improve their English language skills, including intensive English courses, an American Life and Language program, and a TOEFL Writing Preparation course.

Visit the ELC site for more information.

Campus Groups and Activities

Students who are looking to maintain a connection to their home country while studying in America can choose to take part in a wide range of student-run cultural groups.

For more information, visit the International Graduate Student Association site.