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Undergraduate Preparation Program – UPrep

Summer Orientation 2023

UPREP Poster Presentation

The University Preparation Program –UPrep– is a five-week summer orientation for international undergraduate students. The UPrep program prepares incoming students for academic study at Drexel University. During the summer program, students receive a comprehensive orientation to Drexel which includes academic written and oral courses.

Students who are accepted directly into the UPrep program through Drexel University must successfully complete all courses and activities as preparation to start their studies at Drexel.

2024 Deadlines To Remember

  • May 1: Drexel enrollment form with $300 deposit due.
  • August 1: Complete Drexel placement tests.
  • July 26-August 30: UPrep orientation, program and classes.
  • September 23: Undergraduate courses begin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Dates

Deadlines & Events 2024 Dates
Drexel Acceptance March - April
Drexel enrollment form with $300 deposit due
May 1
Complete Drexel undergraduate placement tests
August 1
UPrep orientation, program and classes
July 26-August 30, 2024
Undergraduate courses begin
September 23, 2024

Sample Schedule and Course Descriptions

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

*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 work with their UPrep and academic advisor to build appropriate coursework skills for the success at Drexel University.

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  $3,289
 Part-time University Fee
 University Housing

*Pricing reflects a five-week estimate for UPrep tuition and housing.
Meals and other living expenses are not included.
The 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 1. 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 (ISSS) 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 the New International Students page.

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

Pre-Arrival Instructions

Before you arrive in Philadelphia, take some time to sign up for your Drexel email account, choose your housing, take your placement tests, and get your immunizations

Email your arrival date and time so the residence hall staff can help you. There is someone on staff  24 hours a day.


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

You will need your Drexel student ID, which is on your acceptance letter.

Go to


As new Drexel students you will be able to live in one of the Freshman dormitories in the fall. The deadline to apply for DREXEL fall housing and pay your tuition deposit is June 15 at 5:00. Go to\housing for more information on how to apply.


Take your online math and science tests that will help your advisor place you in the correct courses. Go to

An online English placement test must be taken.


It is very important that you bring documents to show you have all required immunizations. We recommend that you get immunizations completed in your home country because they can be expensive in the U.S. The PPD test must be done in the United States. The ELC will set up times for you to get immunizations while you are here. Go to for the list of requirements

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

You 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 only be submitted 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 2024 enrollment?
  • The deadline to confirm enrollment is May 1, 2024.
How much does the UPrep program cost?
  • Tuition is $3,672.
  • The part-time university fee is $150.
  • Housing and living expenses are extra; they are not included in these fees.
Whom do I contact about my I-20? What is the deadline for applying for my I-20?
  • ISSS will communicate directly with you regarding all I-20 deadlines.