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International Applicants

The Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University is committed to our values of diversity and global engagement and welcomes students from around the globe. We recognize that our graduate student body and the entire University benefit from the experiences and perspectives of students from all over the world.

Students from more than 100 countries have chosen Drexel. Located in Philadelphia, America's sixth largest city and one of the nation's most historic and diverse, Drexel gives international students a vibrant introduction to American culture while honoring the contributions of all cultures.

On this page, you will find information about applying to Dornsife School of Public Health and other resources the University offers to international students. We encourage you to learn about our programs and explore the opportunities that a world-class Drexel Dornsife education and degree can provide.

International Students and Scholars Services

Drexel's Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) offers a vast array of programs and services for international students, scholars, and faculty representing 117 countries. ISSS staff can advise international students on immigration, academic, cultural, financial, and personal concerns.

Visit the ISSS site to learn about their services


The Office of International Students and Scholars Services outlines the steps necessary and provides links to the forms to complete the visa application process on their New International Students page.

Learn more about the Visa process

TOEFL and IELTS Language Requirements

Dornsife requires international students whose native language is not English to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Your test scores may not be more than two years old.

If you take the TOEFL, you will need to request that the testing service send your scores to SOPHAS using the reporting code 5688.

If you take the IELTS, you will need to request that the testing service send your scores directly to Drexel University. Competitive applicants should have a TOEFL score of 100 or an IELTS score of 7.0. This requirement can be waived if the applicant completed their degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Applicants from certain countries are also waived of the TOEFL/IELTS.

View the list of countries where TOEFL/IETS is waived


If the institution you attended does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, a certified verbatim English translation of the transcript and diploma must be obtained through a translating service. Many of our applicants use World Education Services to assist in English translation and verification. Please note: WES charges a fee for this service.

International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

The IGSA is a Drexel student organization that works to connect graduate international students with ISSS and the Drexel Graduate College. All international students are encouraged to get involved with IGSA and learn more about their events and services, including airport pickups in the fall.

Learn more about the International Graduate Student Association

Campus Activities and Campus Engagement

The Office of Campus Activities advances the mission of Drexel University and Student Life by providing students on the University City Campus and the Center City Campus with an enriched collegiate experience through meaningful opportunities to learn and develop leadership, interpersonal, programming, and organizational skills that connect with and contribute to the University community and beyond.

Campus Activities staff serve as student-focused advocates, navigators, advisors, educators, and administrators that work collaboratively with students to support their programs, goals, and areas of interest.

Learn more about the Office of Campus Activities

Student Resources

From information about academic programs, to advice on technology resources and how to stay healthy and fit, the Student Resources page is a one-stop shop about services.

Visit the student resources page

Living in Philadelphia

The Drexel City Living webpage provides a full range of information about the city and what’s it’s like to enjoy life as a Philadelphia resident.

Learn more about living in Philadelphia