Explore international education, research and work
College alumna Tarita Roy Choudhury, BS/MS ’19, sailed across the South Pacific Ocean in 2018 to study Polynesian ecosystems and cultures.
Philadelphia may be the heart of Drexel’s campus, but the world is our muse. Internationalizing the Drexel experience by studying, researching or working abroad allows students to gain a global perspective. Spending time immersed in another culture puts students outside of their "comfort zone" so they can develop new strengths, knowledge and skills.
Employers are looking for students who are resourceful, independent thinkers, able to take risks, and can work with people from all over the world. An education abroad experience gives students these skills and show employers that they have what it takes to get the job done. With a bit of planning and flexibility students usually find that studying abroad does not delay their graduation in any way and is well worth the benefits of widening their horizons and becoming more marketable in the workplace.
Students come to college to learn expand their world view &mdash what better way to accomplish this than exploring education abroad? By taking courses in a different country, students gain a different perspective on their field of study and a deeper understanding of the world.
Intensive Courses Abroad
Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs) offer students the opportunity to have an international academic experience in a short period of time — typically over the span of 7-10 days during term break weeks. ICAs are led by a Drexel faculty director in conjunction with an on-campus course. These global experiences might include: guest lectures, industry visits, and other hands-on events that transform foreign destinations into living laboratories.
Global Research Partners
Research extends far beyond the walls of any laboratory. College of Arts and Sciences students have studied sea turtles in Costa Rica, infectious diseases in Uganda and data from the Double Chooz experiment in France. Many of our faculty members are involved in international research collaborations and our students have the opportunity to make an impact alongside them.
Co-op abroad provides students with a unique professional perspective and exposure to an international work environment. Our students have worked at Coca Cola in India, the UN Development Programme in Africa, the Italian Parliament in Rome, and the Heraklion Community Mental Health Center in Greece — just to name a few.
An international co-op gives students a distinct advantage in the global economy, making them more attractive to prospective employers. Candidates with international experience also have the ability to earn higher starting salaries upon graduation.
Global Study Stories
Global Studies Major Serena Hermitt Discovers Passion for Community Work
After arriving at Drexel for her first year undecided on a major, Serena Hermitt found the perfect major that fit all of her interests due to its interdisciplinary nature: Global Studies. Now, with a transformative course abroad experience and two co-ops under her belt, Hermitt has discovered her passion for working in the community.
Two Recent CoAS Alums Named Fulbright Honorees
Congratulations to recent CoAS alumni Jorge Fortin-Mejia ’19, who has been selected as a recipient, and Parisa Khoshnood ’20, who has been selected as an alternate, for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2021-22.
Congratulations to Our 2021 Gilman Scholars
We are pleased to announce that four CoAS students have received Gilman Scholarships to support study or co-op abroad in 2021. Congratulations to Manmeen Kaur, Elana Sargent, Jade Umstead and Brenda Vong!
Global Studies Students Draw Attention to International Human Rights Violations
For their senior capstone projects, Global Studies students worked with Scholars at Risk to raise awareness of human rights violations against four incarcerated or missing scholars.
Five Global Studies Majors Win Fellowships and Awards
Drexel University’s Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages has much to celebrate, as four of its students and alumni have received or were alternates for major awards. Global Studies majors won two Fulbright Awards, presented by the U.S. Department of State. Two Global Studies majors are alternates for the Fulbright, and third is an alternate for the Boren Scholarship.
Rising Leaders: Anthony Perez
Anthony Perez is an advocate for underserved populations. He’s written grants for nonprofit funding, worked as a human rights intern in Argentina, and helped raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. At his most recent co-op, he assisted immigrants and asylum seekers in attaining permanent residency and public benefits in the U.S.
Global Studies and Political Science Major Investigates Language Politics in Kazakhstan
In the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, Caitlin Walczyk practiced her Russian in cab rides across the city of Almaty. The double major in global studies and political science spent nine months in Kazakhstan as a Boren Scholar, an award that supports undergraduate language study in countries vital to U.S. security interests.