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ELC Steps Intensive English Program Students in class Drexel International Gateway

The English Language Center accepts all students who hold a visa category which allows them to legally study in the United States.

Intensive English Program Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old when your term of study begins.
  • Test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) are not required.
  • Applicants for the following courses must place into ELC intermediate or advanced Speaking and Writing levels: TOEFL Test Preparation and IELTS Test Preparation
  • Applicants for the following courses must place into ELC advanced Speaking and Writing levels: Global Business English (GLOBE), STEM, and Media & Design
  • You must purchase health insurance from Drexel ELC during your studies.
  • Students interested in admission to university programs of study should send a translated copy of their high school or college transcripts with their ELC application.

Intensive English Program: Apply by mail, email or fax

If you do not have a credit card, here is how to apply:

  1. Download and complete the Intensive English Program Application Form.
  2. Have the following documents to support your application:
    • Bank statement or other financial guarantee document
    • Copy of the bio page of your passport
  3. Choose your method of payment for $100 application fee and $60 express mail fee (if applicable):
  4. If you use a check, bank draft or money order, you must mail all your documents to Drexel ELC, 229N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA.
  5. If you pay through Western Union, you can send your documents by email scan to or by fax to 215.895.6775.  Include a copy of your Western Union receipt.

International Gateway Requirements

  • You must be academically qualified for admission to Drexel University
  • Have TOEFL 53-78+ or IELTS 5.0-6.0+

Please see the Admission Criteria page for complete admission requirements.

Please note: Admission to Drexel ELC does not imply or guarantee admission to Drexel University or any other university. However, Drexel ELC can provide information about Conditional Admission programs, including the Drexel International Gateway and Drexel Graduate Preparation. Admission information for all Drexel University graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as resources for prospective students, is available on the Drexel website.