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International Gateway Application Instructions

Follow the steps on this page to ensure that each application requirement is completed and received by Drexel.

Before beginning your application, please review the information about Gateway Admission Criteria, including the list of available undergraduate majors.

Prerequisites and Deadlines

Application Deadline Term Start Date
Fall Entry July 15 September 23
Winter Entry November 1 January 3

Required Materials

International Gateway Application

Complete the International Gateway Application. You must create a new account in order to begin your application.


To ensure your application is processed quickly, please indicate a first and second choice of undergraduate major on your application. You can review the list of available majors for International Gateway.

Application Fee, $50

Gateway applicants must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 U.S., which should be paid online when you submit your application.


Official transcripts must be sent directly from your educational institution to Drexel.

Four (4) years of secondary school transcripts are required for all applicants. You are required to submit official transcripts (with notarized English translation) from every secondary and post-secondary school attended. Transcripts must reflect grades and coursework for grades 9, 10, and 11. Please refer to Drexel's Transcript Requirements for International First-Year Applicants as a guideline.

Students who have completed high school must submit official transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, along with a graduation certificate or diploma.

Transfer students must submit the above, including official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework completed and in progress.

What is an official transcript?

A transcript is official only when it is sent directly from an institution to Drexel, or when it is officially signed, stamped in color, and sealed.

Standardized Test Scores

You must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (Pearson Test of English) and request that scores be forwarded to Drexel.

  • For TOEFL, use school code 2194 for Drexel University.
  • For IELTS, request your testing center to send an official report to Drexel English Language Center.

Students with other scores (SAT, ACT, Trinity ISE, etc.) should email to find out if your scores are acceptable. 

Proof of Financial Responsibility

Drexel requires proof of financial responsibility showing sufficient financial support for studying in the United States in order to obtain a student visa for international students.


Some majors recommend or require a portfolio. If your major is listed below, please follow the portfolio guidelines carefully and submit materials that will strengthen your application. Portfolio materials must be submitted in SlideRoom. Please note that all work submitted becomes part of the application and will not be returned.

Required Portfolios

Applicants to the following programs are required to submit a portfolio for admission.

  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Fashion Design
  • Game Design & Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Optional Portfolios

Applications to the following programs are not required to submit a portfolio for admission. However, a portfolio is recommended.

  • Art History
  • Design & Merchandising
  • Entertainment & Arts Management
  • Film & Television
  • Interactive Digital Media
  • Interior Design
  • Music Industry
  • Product Design
  • Screenwriting & Playwriting

Portfolio Guidelines

Please follow the portfolio guidelines carefully. Portfolios may include traditional media, alternative creative practices, or any combination of the two.

The Admission Committee examines your work for originality, creative problem solving, and systematic thinking. You should submit 8 to 12 pieces of your strongest and most recent work in a variety of media that demonstrate a balance of technique and concept. Thematic work or a series of pieces is received favorably.

Portfolio contents may include any combination of drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, graphic design, architectural design, interior design, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, fashion design, jewelry and metals, furniture, designed objects, animation, computer-generated images, film, video, performance art, audio recordings, websites, video games, sketchbooks, scripts, storyboards, or screenplays.

If the portfolio includes audio, film, video, animation, game design, or interactive work, it may not exceed 5 minutes of total running time. For collaborative works, it is important to provide credits and describe your role(s) within the creative process. Writers, please submit 8-12 pages of written work of either a single piece or numerous smaller pieces.

The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only. Upload the highest possible quality of documentation of your creative work. Media requirements are outlined in SlideRoom for files consisting of images, audio, videos, pdf, or embedded media. If the file is an example of a recording, composition, or mix done in Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, or GarageBand, please include an in-progress screenshot and a detailed description of your process.

Projects for Students with Limited or No Art Background or Portfolio

If you do not have any background in art or design, you can still apply. For example, you may want to start your portfolio by drawing from life: sneakers, bedrooms, friends, and landscapes are all excellent subjects, or you may photograph and document your day, your life, or an ordinary event in an extraordinary way.

Other examples of creative work may include a mixed-media collage inspired by your dreams, a research-based paper or project, video blogging, online curation, a video game proposal that modifies a children's board game so that it requires the skill of an adult, a résumé for performing arts or technical theatre, business or marketing plans, social media/promotion plans, examining and redesigning an existing product or interior, a narrative outline for a short script or interactive design, or an observational essay of curatorial practice in a museum gallery or public space. When you have 8 to 12 projects you want us to see — you have a portfolio! Upload your projects to SlideRoom.

Portfolio Review Days

Meet a representative of Drexel's Westphal College for a portfolio review and receive helpful feedback prior to submitting your application. We participate in portfolio review days with the National Portfolio Day Association and Preview: The International Portfolio Review Forum.

Writing Supplement

Applicants to the following programs must submit a writing supplement.

Custom-designed: Please write a 500- to 800-word vision statement/essay describing in detail what you want to study, what you hope to accomplish during your time in the program, and why your educational goals cannot be met by pursuing a traditional Drexel major, a double major, or a major combined by minors. Your vision statement/essay should also include how you expect this program to prepare you for life after college, detailing what career or pursuits the custom-designed major will facilitate and how you plan to impact the world. Finally, the vision statement/essay should contain a plausible plan of study for achieving your goals by drawing upon two or more existing Drexel programs. A sample vision statement can be found on the Custom-Designed Major Prospective Students page.

Westphal College - All Majors (listed below): Please write a short essay describing why you are interested in pursuing your major of choice. What have you done that prepares you to study in your major of choice? (Maximum 500 words)

  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Fashion Design
  • Game Design and Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Screenwriting & Playwriting
  • Design & Merchandising
  • Entertainment & Arts Management
  • Film & Television
  • Interactive Digital Media
  • Music Industry
  • Product Design
  • Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Audition (Dance Applicants Only)

Dance majors are required to audition. Auditions can be done live or by video. Visit Westphal College's Dance Auditions page for guidelines.

Mailing Address

For Application Materials

Drexel University
Application Processing
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA

Discover Drexel

During the admission process, you'll have the opportunity to check your admission status online. Once your application has been processed, you'll receive access to Discover Drexel using your email address and password created during the application submission.

Admissions Decisions

International Gateway applications are reviewed on a rolling basis during the application period. You will receive email notifications on the status of your application during the review process and once a decision has been made.

Admission to International Gateway is not admission to Drexel University as a full-time, matriculated student. You must successfully complete the Gateway program before you can be admitted into an undergraduate, matriculated program. View more information at the Gateway Completion Requirements page.

If you are offered admission to Gateway, please be sure to review the information for Admitted Gateway Students

Notices and Disclosures

Please refer to Drexel's Consumer Information and Student Right to Know page for policies that pertain to all prospective and enrolled students.

Public Law 93-380: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Drexel University abides by the provisions of Public Law 93-380, which grants the student the right to examine admission files that are part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Please note that "Applicants for Admission" are not granted rights under this legislation. Once an "Applicant for Admission" becomes a "Student" by enrolling and attending Drexel, any admission file that becomes a part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" becomes available to the student for review. Applicants should understand that only the transcripts, CEEB, SAT, Achievement Test Score Reports, and those portions of the application generated by the student will become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" upon enrollment.

No other information or material gathered or submitted in the admission process will be retained as part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Statements or evaluations provided by any individual do not become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" and will not be available for the student's review.

Access Privileges and Property Rights

All documents that you submit, or are submitted on your behalf, in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all admission decisions are given to the applicant only. No decisions on applications are revealed over the telephone.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Drexel University, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), publishes an annual report for current and prospective students and employees. This report contains important safety information and crime statistics for the previous three years. These statistics pertain to reported crimes that have occurred on campus in certain non-campus buildings, or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.

Download a copy of the most recent Annual Security Report [PDF]. Printed copies of this report are also available by calling the Public Safety Administrative Office at 215.895.1550.

For more information about the services provided by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.


Drexel University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In addition, the International Gateway program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

Required Information for Students and the Public

You can view further information and disclosures about Drexel University at the Required Information for Students and the Public Provost webpage.