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What It's Like to Be an International Student at Drexel

Drexel University is a renowned R1 research institution and leader in experiential learning. Studying at Drexel means you'll have the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of academic interests and combine it with up to 18 months of real-world experience in the profession you're considering through our cooperative education program (known as Drexel Co-op). Located in Philadelphia, PA — the birthplace of the country and the first and only U.S. World Heritage City — there’s so much to explore in this thriving city for education, culture, and history.

As an international student, your time at Drexel will also be one full of support from respected faculty members, mentors, and the staff in the office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), who will help guide you every step of the way through graduation. And with a variety of student organizations, sports, inclusive communities, and more, you can always find something that meets your passions here at Drexel.

Growing as a Global Leader
Analytics major Sanketh Reddy explains how his journey from India to Philadelphia has expanded his horizons and how Drexel's renowned co-op program has helped to prepare him for success.
Quote-gradient I was aware of the different opportunities that studying in the U.S. would provide me with, but only when I came here I got to know what these opportunities really mean to me.
Nikhil Parakh, Class of 2023

At a Glance: International Students at Drexel

At Drexel, we welcome all students from across the globe to experience one of the most innovative universities in the United States.

Number of countries represented by international full-time, undergraduate students
China, India, Vietnam, South Korea, and Nigeria
Top five countries represented  in the 2022–2023 undergraduate class
Over 1,675
Number of international, full-time undergraduate students at Drexel

Is Applying to Drexel Right for You?

Review our international student application instructions to learn more about the steps to apply as well as the criteria our admissions representatives take into consideration when determining your admission to Drexel. You’re also encouraged to explore your financial aid opportunities, as Drexel does offer need-based aid to qualifying international students.

If you think Drexel is right for you, then apply today!

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Gateway to Drexel [PDF]

Receive an overview of the International Gateway student experience and learn more about what the program offers, including academics, student life, admission criteria, and more.

Drexel's International Gateway Program

International Gateway Program

If you think you could benefit from additional English language preparation before starting your degree, consider Drexel's International Gateway program. Housed in Drexel's English Language Center, this conditional admission program is designed for international students who would like more English language preparation before transferring directly into their undergraduate major at Drexel.

Still Have Questions?

Our admissions representatives can provide you with everything you need to know about your admission to Drexel. You can also contact the Office of Admissions via email at or phone at 215.895.2400. Finally, you can find quick answers to commonly asked questions and helpful links to additional information with our frequently asked questions.