Process & Details

To be eligible to participate in Drexel University's International Co-op program, you must:

  • Attend Drexel full-time
  • Be in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 2.0)
  • Have successfully completed at least one co-op experience with an acceptable or above average evaluation or in lieu of a co-op experience, equivalent prior work experience will be considered and evaluated
  • Other requirements include foreign language proficiency (depending on country), and a personal interview with a Steinbright International Co-op Team member

Approval Process

To be approved for an international co-op you must be a full-time student and in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete the Application for International Co-op. Students must initially apply and be approved for the international co-op program prior to applying to specific co-op opportunities abroad. Before accepting a position abroad, you must have been approved to do an international co-op and have had your job description reviewed and approved by your co-op coordinator, both are required.

Salary and Compensation

Compensation for international co-ops can vary. In order to help students pursue international co-op opportunities, Steinbright offers several financial awards (See Financial Awards section below).
Students are responsible for all expenses associated with their international experiences including such items as roundtrip airfare, health insurance, accommodations, local transportation and other living expenses. In some cases employers may assist with airfare and housing. Additionally, students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa which will allow them to work abroad.
*Worldwide earnings are subject to U.S. Federal taxation. Local and state taxes vary. Tax treaties may apply.

Financial Awards

Drexel International Co-op Fund

Students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher participating in an international co-op are eligible for an award to be used for travel, housing, etc.

There is no special application for the award; all eligible students approved for international co-op will be considered.

Freeman Foundation

Drexel University has a new source of funding for international co-op through the Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation funding is designed to support undergraduate students who are participating in an international co-op experience in East and Southeast Asia. The goal of the Foundation is to increase the number of U.S. Citizens studying and working in Asia, with the purpose of allowing them to gain exposure to its people and culture. Students will receive $6,000 for a six-month co-op if they meet the Freeman Foundation criteria.

To be eligible to receive this funding, students must:

  • Register an international co-op experience in one of the following countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be matriculated as a full-time student at Drexel University
  • Be in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of 2.5)
  • Have some prior work experience, either through Drexel's co-op program, or the equivalent
  • Complete an interview with a Steinbright International Co-op Team member

Upon returning to the U.S., students must serve as a co-op ambassador in an effort to encourage others to go abroad. This could be done by participating in workshops or meetings and by sharing tips and experiences.

For more information about co-op opportunities in East and Southeast Asia, please contact the International Co-op Team at internationalcoop@drexel.edu.


Steinbright Corporate Partners Fund

The Steinbright Corporate Partners Fund affords Drexel University undergraduate co-op students the opportunity to obtain financial support to pursue enriching co-op opportunities. Funds are available to students who are interested in a co-op position outside of the Delaware Valley in an international location. The program, which is open to students of all majors, provides funding based on the applicant's motivation to work in an international location. The goal of this program is to encourage students to pursue an exceptional co-op experience which would otherwise be financially challenging. To apply for the Steinbright Corporate Partners Fund, visit: http://www.drexel.edu/scdc/overview/partners-students.html.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Students must have health insurance which provides coverage outside the U.S. In some countries, especially in Europe, students may be covered by a national insurance plan, but historically there have been significant gaps in the coverage. Therefore, students should review their existing U.S. health insurance plans to determine what coverage is provided outside the U.S.

For questions to ask your insurance provider click here.


Supplemental Health Insurance

Supplemental health insurance is extra insurance, above and beyond your regular health insurance plan. It generally covers emergency expenses while abroad and for an international co-op you must have this coverage. Specifically, Drexel requires that your supplemental insurance include medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.

If you have purchased Drexel's Aetna Plan, supplemental insurance is already included. If you don't have Drexel's plan, you should ask your insurance carrier if they provide supplemental insurance (specifically medical evacuation/repatriation). If they do not, then you must purchase it from some source. One option would be to purchase On Call International through Drexel, a cost-effective plan.