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International Students and Scholars Services

Where the World Meets Drexel

Welcome to Drexel University and welcome to the office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS). ISSS offers a vast array of programs and services to approximately 5,000 international students, scholars and faculty representing 117 different countries. The ISSS staff works to promote meaningful interaction between United States Citizens and nationals of other countries by organizing culturally enriching opportunities for all members of the Drexel community. A student's affiliation with ISSS begins immediately after the admission process and continues well beyond graduation. ISSS staff can advise international students, scholars and faculty on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns, and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

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At the Drexel University International Students and Scholars Services Office, we strive to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for all members of the Drexel International Community. We deeply value our global and diverse community and remain committed to inclusivity and belongingness for all in our campus community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Travel Reminders

If you will be departing the United States during break, you must have the proper documents in order to re-enter so you can continue your time here at Drexel.

  • Valid I-20 or DS-2019 – You will need a valid I-20 or DS-2019, if your program has not ended and you are in good standing with the ISSS office.
  • Valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 – Travel Signatures are valid for one year from the date of last signature in most cases. There is an exception for F1 students on OPT. For students on OPT, travel signatures are valid for six months from the date of last signature. The travel signature is on the second page of your I-20 or the front page of your DS-2019.
  • Valid U.S. Visa – Please visit the U.S. Visas website if you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island with an expired visa. ISSS can provide a support letter for renewing your visa, if needed. If you are renewing your visa, be sure that you have enough time to do this during break. If you will not have enough time to renew your visa, it is not advised that you leave the United States.
  • Valid passport (valid for at least six months) 
  • Unofficial transcript – ISSS recommends that Drexel students carry an unofficial transcript printed from DrexelOne.

If you have left without a signature or have a question about your travel during break please email isss@drexel.edu. The account will be monitored for emergency messages and you will get a reply.

New International Students

Please see New International Student page for important information before you arrive in the U.S. New students can also review the Pre-Arrival Handbook [PDF] for more information to prepare for their transition to Drexel and the overview on Transportation to Philadelphia [PDF] to guide you through your arrival to Drexel University and Philadelphia.