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Information for Admitted Students

International Gateway Program

Students at Dragon

Congratulations on your conditional admission to Drexel University!

Here, you will find everything you need to confirm your enrollment and how you can prepare to get started with the International Gateway Program at Drexel University.

Confirm Your Enrollment

Review and Sign the Terms and Conditions of Your Admission

To review the terms and conditions of your conditional admission via Discover Drexel, select the "Status Update" link on the welcome page and then select "International Gateway Program Terms and Conditions." 

Submit Your Tuition Deposit

After submitting the Terms and Conditions Agreement Form, you will need to confirm your enrollment in Discover Drexel. You will be required to submit a $300 non-refundable tuition deposit to confirm your enrollment.

Confirm Your Enrollment


Fall Applicants Referred by First-Year Admissions  May 1
Fall Direct Gateway Applicants and Fall Applicants Referred by Transfer Admissions July 31 
Winter Direct Gateway Applicants and Winter Applicants Referred by Transfer Admissions Nov 15

If you plan to live in on-campus housing, you can also submit the $200 Housing deposit at the time of your confirmation. Please note: Students under the age of 18 are required to live on campus or with a parent or legal guardian while in the Gateway program.

Getting Started

Make sure you take the following steps to be ready to begin the International Gateway Program:

  • Pick Up Your Computer and Email Accounts
    As a Drexel student, you will gain access to computer accounts, such as email and the DrexelOne portal. You must check your Drexel email account regularly for important updates regarding your eBill and your classes. Visit the Drexel Computer Accounts page for instructions on picking up your accounts.
  • Apply for Your I-20 or DS-2019 
    You will receive the I-20/DS-2019 Application form via email shortly after you confirm your admission to Gateway.
  • Make Your Housing Selection 
    A limited number of shared rooms in the residence halls are available for International Gateway students. Gateway students will live in the same residence hall as University students and will be paired with another student of the same sex. Students who choose to apply for housing in the residence halls are required to select a dining plan. Visit the Dining & Retail page for information about dining plans.
    Off-campus housing options can be found on the ELC Housing page and on the Drexel Off-Campus Housing page.
  • Submit Your Final Transcript 
    You are required to submit final high school transcripts, as well as transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended. All transcripts must be received directly from your educational institution. Please refer to our Transcript Requirements for International First-Year Applicants for additional information.
  • Review Billing Information and Set Up Your Billing Account 
    Review information about how Drexel bills students, the different payment options available (wire transfers, payment plans, credit card, etc.), and the different components to your billing account (authorized users, direct deposit, text notifications etc.). View more information on the Drexel Central eBill website. Your first billing statement will be made available after your arrival on campus.
  • Submit Your Immunization Records
    Immunizations are required for all students. Please read the Immunization Requirements for International Students. You must also complete the Immunization Record Form.
  • Submit Your Dragon ID Card Photo
    You can upload a photo for your DragonCard via DrexelOne. Visit the DragonCard website for more information and the Online Photo Submission page for instructions. You will receive your DragonCard when you move into the residence halls or during orientation if you do not have on-campus housing.
  • Plan Your Arrival to Philadelphia
    We have provided information on the Travel and Arrival Information page to help you plan your arrival in Philadelphia.
  • Notify Disability Resources of Any Request for Accommodations 
    If you have any physical or learning disabilities, notify Disability Resources. Drexel University is committed to providing equal access to its programs and services to qualified students. Visit the Disability Resources website for more information.

Fall 2024 Orientation

Monday, September 16 to Friday, September 20

During Gateway Orientation, you will:

  • Learn about the Gateway program
  • Complete placement exams to determine your levels of math and core ESL courses
  • Participate in a SEVIS registration check-in with a Drexel DSO
  • Receive your course schedule
  • Take a tour to familiarize yourself with Drexel's vibrant campus and community
  • Attend Drexel resource workshops to learn more about all that Drexel has to offer its students
  • Submit your immunization records and attend an immunization clinic if you need any additional immunizations
  • Take a city tour to learn about the historic and modern sites in Philadelphia
  • Participate in a shopping trip so you can purchase items for your apartment or residence hall

Program Dates

September 16–20, 2024

International Gateway Orientation (Fall Term)

September 23, 2024

Gateway Coursework Begins (Fall Term)

January 2-3, 2025 Gateway New Student Orientation (Winter Term)
January 6, 2025 Gateway Coursework Begins (Winter Term)
June 6, 2025

Gateway Spring Term Coursework Ends

August 30, 2025

Gateway Summer Term Coursework Ends