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International Students and Scholars Services

Where the World Meets Drexel

The 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. The ISSS staff works to promote meaningful interaction between United States Citizens and nationals of other countries by organizing cultural enriching opportunities for all members of the Drexel community. ISSS staff advises international students, scholars and faculty on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns.

For any questions, service requests or appointments, please email

New International Student

Please see the Pre-Arrival Handbook for important information before you arrive in the U.S.

New International Student Checklist

Below is the check list for all the incoming international students. Follow the steps to become an official Dragon. To download a printable version, please click here.

* UG: Undergraduate Student             ** G: Graduate Student

***Ex: Exchange Student                    **** All: All international students


Student Group

Dates and Info

Activate Drexel account


Visit the Computer Accounts Management Systems here.

Offices throughout Drexel University will only contact you through your Drexel email account.

Register for
Airport Pickup



Register for airport pickup as soon as you receive the “Drexel ISSS Airport Pickup” email. The deadline for registering for a Lady Liberty Shuttle Voucher (Ticket) is September 8th.

We will provide pre-paid vouchers (tickets) only for the duration of September 15th to September 19th. Note that only on September 15th, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (EST), ISSS representatives and student volunteers will be at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to welcome you.


Contact International Graduate Student Association ( to arrange your airport pickup voucher.

Complete the mandatory
I-20/DS-2019 Registration process


Within 30 days of your program start date

For more information and to review the required documents check here.

Note: Failure to complete the process will result in a hold to be put on your academic records and eventually in termination of your immigration visa status.

Register for Orientation


Register for orientation by clicking here.


Register for graduate student orientation by clicking here.

Pick up Dragon Card
(Drexel ID Card)


Thursday, Sept. 11, 3-5 p.m., Creese Student Center, Suite 124


Pick up your Dragon Cards by Wednesday, Sept. 17, Creese Student Center, Suite 124


To learn about the Dragon Card office and their location across campuses click here.

Attend International Graduate Student Dinner & Welcome Reception


Thursday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m.

Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall

Complete the mandatory check in with ISSS at the Graduate Student Orientation


Friday, Sept. 12, 9-10 a.m. Main Building Great Court

Attend the ISSS Mandatory Workshop/Information session for Graduate Students


Friday, Sept. 12, 10-11 a.m. Main Building Great Court

Visit the Dragon Expo


Friday, Sept. 12, 3:30-5 p.m.

Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall

Meet Airport
Welcome Crew



Monday, Sept.15, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (EST)

ISSS representatives and student volunteers will be at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), International Arrivals Hall, to welcome you.



Monday, Sept.15, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (no fee)


Tuesday, Sept.16, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (no fee)

Visit Welcome to
Drexel Fair


Monday, Sept.15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rec Center Lobby

Meet Sponsors: Banks, Cell Phone Companies, International Student Organizations

Pen Pal Meet & Greet


Monday, Sept.15, 7-9 p.m.

Buckley Green Sand Volleyball Courts

* Register when you receive the email.

Complete the mandatory check in with ISSS at the Undergraduate Student Orientation



Thursday, Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m. Main Building Great Court

Attend the ISSS Mandatory Information session for Undergraduate Students


Thursday, Sept. 18, 3-5 p.m. Main Building Auditorium

Exchange Student Information Session


Thursday, Sept. 18, 3-5:30 p.m.

Purchase Health Insurance


Enroll or waive before Sept. 30 

All graduate students must either waive or enroll in the Drexel Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of every academic year.

 For more information click here.

Fulfill the
Immunization Requirements


Deadline date for International Students is Oct. 1.

New Student Day Clinics, North Hall (33rd & Race Streets)

 Monday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 For more information click here.

Class Scheduling


For more information on how to contact your Academic Advisor click here.

Undergraduate Students: Classes for the fall term will be scheduled for you and more information about scheduling classes will be given to you during your UNIV 101 class.

Meet with the International Tax Administrator

If you receive any kind of scholarship, assistantship, or fellowship, or if you have an on-campus job, you will need to meet with the Tax Specialist to determine the tax rate that you are subjected to. The tax office is located at 3201 Arch Street.