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University Preparation


UPREP Poster Presentation

In the interest of student safety and success, Drexel University has made the decision to offer the UPrep program entirely online for Summer 2020. Please see below for updated information.

University Preparation (UPrep) is a 5-week summer orientation program that prepares incoming international students for academic study at Drexel University. During the program, students receive a comprehensive orientation to Drexel which includes academic written and oral courses.

The program is designed for undergraduate students. Students accepted directly into the program through Drexel University must successfully complete the courses and activities as preparation to start their studies at Drexel University.

Important Dates

Deadlines & Events Dates 2020
Drexel acceptance March - April
Drexel enrollment form with $300 deposit due
May 8
Complete Drexel undergraduate placement tests
August 1
UPrep orientation, program and classes
July 29-September 4
Online undergraduate courses begin remotely
September 21
Submission of documentation to receive I-20
in order to attend Winter 2021 classes on campus
 November 1*

*If you are already inside the United States with valid visa status, please contact to review your options.

Sample Schedule and Course Descriptions

Sample Schedule

The Summer 2020 UPrep will be taught online. The Drexel University English Language Center is currently adapting the standard on campus schedule to reflect the remote/online nature of the 2020 program. Course focus and content will remain the same. Please check back for updates.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
EAP* (all skills)
EAP* (all skills)
EAP* (all skills)
EAP* (all skills)
EAP* (all skills)
Leadership & Student Development
Leadership & Student Development
Leadership & Student Development
Leadership & Student Development
Leadership & Student Development

*English for Academic Purposes

Course Descriptions

English for Academic Purposes - Improve your academic language skills necessary to succeed on an American campus. Receive instruction in all four skill areas. See requirements listed under "How do you complete the UPrep Program."

Leadership & Student Development - Review literature on and engage in knowledge-building and exploratory discussions to create your leadership potential. Participate in a field service experience and showcase your knowledge and experience in a capstone project presentation.

How do you complete the UPrep Program?

UPrep is intentionally designed for participative learning. Students who participate and complete the 5-week program will work with their UPrep and Academic Advisors to build appropriate coursework for the successive academic term.

Academic Listening and Speaking Skills Assessed

  • Discuss a variety of academic topics in a classroom environment
  • Use appropriate verb tenses and advanced grammatical structures in presentations and debates
  • Initiate, sustain and close conversations in different academic settings
  • Answer main ideas and most detail questions when listening to lectures and other forms of academic discourse

Academic Reading and Writing Skills Assessed

  • Write essays with clear introductions, developed body paragraphs, and conclusions
  • Incorporate advanced grammatical structures
  • Incorporate source material and cite appropriately
  • Read and respond to university texts

Students who need extra language preparation prior to matriculation to the university may be recommended for the International Gateway program, which provides a foundation year of English language courses plus academic coursework in preparation for undergraduate study the following fall.

Costs for the UPREP Program

 UPREP Tuition  $3,825
 Part-time University Fee

*Pricing reflects one month estimate for UPrep. This health insurance fee is included in your year-one eBill.

How to Enroll and Submit your I-20 Application

To accept your admission to Drexel University and the UPrep Program, submit the Drexel enrollment form to Drexel University with your $300 non-refundable deposit by May 8. Submit your non-refundable tuition deposit through the Discover Drexel portal.

After you confirm your enrollment with Drexel, the Office of International Students and Scholars Services will reach out to you with detailed instructions on how to apply for your I-20. You can review the information in advance by visiting New International Students page.

An I-20 and a student visa is only necessary if you are going to enter the United States to study physically on Drexel’s campus. Therefore, you will not need an I-20/visa until your arrival for the Winter 2021 quarter. The deadline to obtain an I-20 to arrive to Drexel in the winter quarter is November 1, 2020. If you are already in the U.S. with a valid visa status, please reach out to for guidance.

Check your email every day for information from Drexel Enrollment Management, ISSS and your own department.

Drexel Email

You must set up your Drexel University email account to pay tuition, take your math and science placement tests, see your course schedule, and look for other important information.

Go to Use your Drexel student ID, which is on your acceptance letter.

Placement Tests

All undergraduate students must take the online math and science tests in order to help your advisor place you in the correct courses.

Paying Tuition and Fees

  • Payments can be made only with credit or debit cards.
  • Credit card payments can be only made online:
    • Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express ONLY
    • Be sure you have set up your Drexel University Computer Account and have your User ID and Password.
    • All credit card payments are subject to a non-refundable processing fee for each transaction, currently 2.75% (0.0275).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the English Language Center? What is the confirmation deadline for Summer 2020 enrollment?
  • The deadline to confirm enrollment is May 8, 2020.
How much does the UPrep program cost?
  • Tuition is $3,825.
  • The part-time university fee is $150.
Whom do I contact about my I-20? What is the deadline for applying for my I-20?
  • The deadline to apply for your I-20 is November 1, 2020.
  • You will need an I-20 to apply for a student visa in time to enter the U.S. to study physically on Drexel’s campus in the Winter 2021 quarter.
  • You do not need an I-20 or visa to partipate in the UPrep program or your Fall 2020 quarter online.
  • If you are already in the U.S. with a valid visa status, please reach out to for guidance.

Will online classes be conducted synchronously or asynchronously?

  • Online courses will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
  • All synchronous instruction will be recorded and made available to students on their course sites.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the synchronous session but are not required to do so.

Will I be marked absent if I do not attend a synchronous class session?

  • You will not be marked absent as long as you complete the session material by the deadline assigned by your instructor.

Will Fall 2020 university courses be taught online or on campus?

  • In order to ensure a cohesive educational experience, students who successfully complete the UPrep program will take online courses during the Fall 2020 quarter.
  • Through this model, students will remain in proper class sequence and will not need additional time to complete programs of study.
  • Winter 2021 courses, starting in January 2021, will be held on campus.

What if I have a valid student visa and can attend classes in Fall 2020 on campus?

  • Students already in the United States who have an active I-20 at another school and plan to remain in the United States until the Fall 2020 must apply for a Drexel I-20 by June 15, 2020.
  • Students who are outside the United States and need to apply for a visa must apply for a Drexel I-20 by November 1, 2020 in order to enter the United States in January 2021.