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Programs and Workshops

The fundamental objectives of international education are to dispel myths and stereotypes and promote goodwill and friendships among peoples of various cultural orientations by bringing them together in an atmosphere of open inquiry and the common pursuit of higher learning.  We do this through individual interventions, conflict resolution, and activities and programs which foster an understanding of the myriad of beliefs, values, customs, traditions, and world-views.  There is a primary commitment to cultural relativism and to the validation of group and individual differences.  The promotion of human development, sociocultural and sociolinguistic knowledge is critical to our success, and we have an obligation to the profession of international education and to the body of knowledge which supports our mission.

What are you doing this Holiday Break? Read our Holiday Break Guide for International Students.

Select ISSS Programs

Drexel University International Pen Pal Program

The Drexel University International Pen Pal Program is an opportunity for current Drexel students to meet incoming international students and offer helpful advice about Drexel, Philadelphia, and American culture. Current and incoming Drexel University students can establish a correspondence the summer before new international students arrive on campus in September. With this program, incoming international are able to learn about Drexel culture before their arrival, smoothing out their transition. Find out more about the International Pen Pal Program.

New International Student Orientation

Drexel believes that informed students and families play an integral and positive role in the university experience. Like most new international students and their families, incoming international students at Drexel probably have many questions about the University, college life in general, and the USA. We at ISSS are anxious for the opportunity to answer these questions when we present the International New Student Orientation.

International New Student Orientation is an exciting day, packed with useful information sessions and fun activities, during which you will have your questions answered, have opportunities to meet members of the faculty, administration and staff, as well as begin to develop relationships that will last a lifetime. You will leave the International New Student Orientation informed about what to expect at Drexel, what Drexel expects from it's students, and feel prepared to become a member of the Drexel community.

International Orientation is for all accepted undergraduate students graduating or transferring from an international secondary school or institution of higher education. Attendance at New Student Orientation sessions is mandatory for all new students.

For Orientation dates please visit the Drexel University Orientation website at

American Culture Series workshops

The American Culture Series is a program in which ISSS invites Drexel faculty and staff to present to international students. Presentations are monthly and topics include, but are not limited to Presentation Skills, Improving Communication in the Residence Halls, Cultural Presentations, and Tips for Academic Success.

Thanksgiving Host Program

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for Americans to be with their families, remember their good fortune, and be thankful for all they have. Considering that most of the U.S. students will be spending the holiday at home with their families, we encourage Drexel faculty and staff to share thei holiday experiences with an international student. This is an incredible opportunity for our international students, as well as for our faculty and professional staff. It provides our international students the opportunity to meet an American family and be in an American home, and it allows them to share their wonderful culture with the Drexel community. This can be a meaningful experience for international students and the families of Drexel staff and faculty. 

Thanksgiving hosts are welcome to invite a student any of their holiday celebrations including, but not limited to, a Thanksgiving meal, Black Friday shopping, holiday season decorating, and/or other family gatherings on any day during the holiday weekend.

International Student Career Week

In both Fall and Spring quarters, ISSS and the Steinbright Career Center co-sponsor International Career Week. During this week of workshops, undergraduate and graduate international students can improve on their job searching and interviewing skills, as well as learn more about U.S. workplace culture and work authorization.

Immigration Attorney Information Sessions

On a quarterly basis, ISSS invites immigration attorneys from local firms to present to the Drexel University international community regarding immigration regulations and life beond F-1 Visa Status.

World Fusion Fest

World Fusion Fest is without a doubt, the largest program ISSS presents during the academic year. It is an annual, week-long celebration of the international/intercultural presence on Drexel’s campus. The week is packed with exciting activities and events for the entire Drexel community, allowing everyone to enjoy and learn.  

Some of the highlight events are the International Food Festival and Festival of Nations.  The International Food Festival is a free lunch open to all Drexel students, faculty, and staff to sample the cuisines of select cultures that make up our Drexel international student body.  The Festival of Nations allows Drexel students to learn about the diverse cultures of our Drexel international students through snacks, arts and crafts, traditional dress, music and personal conversations with our students.

World Fusion Fest 2014 begins Monday, April 7 and runs until Friday, April 11. Find out more here.

Immigration & Compliance workshops

CPT Tutorial and a CPT Overview (PDF)
How to file US income tax
Maintaining F1 status
Maintaining J1 status
Optional Practical Training (OPT) and a OPT Overview (PDF)
OPT and Beyond

The Top 10 things to know about immigration status.