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International Students

Students from nearly 100 countries have made Drexel their choice for graduate education. Located in Philadelphia, America's fifth largest city and one of the 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.

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 website to learn about their services.


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 combines theory with practice through opportunities for real-world work and research experience. Some master's programs also offer Graduate Co-op — three to six months of paid full-time employment in a related career field with academic credit.

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.


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


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 and Off-Campus Communities Office 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 website 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 website.