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Academic Plans

Academic calendar

Drexel University has an academic calendar based on the quarter system with 4 quarters (“terms”) per year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. For details about the start and finish of each term, review Drexel’s academic calendar  by selecting the academic year under Quarter Programs.

If you plan on living in the residence halls, before you book your plane ticket, please make sure that you understand not only our academic calendar, but also when the residence halls open and close.


Undergraduate exchange students at Drexel are required to take a minimum of 12 Drexel credits per term and may take no more than 20 credits per term. Most students opt to take between 14-16 credits during one term (4-5 courses).Undergraduate exchange students are also required to take 50% of their course work each term from within their assigned Drexel school/college (E.g. If taking 16 credits for the term, 8 credits must be in your school/college).

Graduate exchange students at Drexel are required to take a minimum of 9 Drexel credits per term and may take no more than 12 credits during one term. Graduate students must take 100% of their courses from within their assigned Drexel program.

Courses in the college/schools of Architecture, Law (except Rennes & Aberdeen Law students), and Medicine are not available to exchange students. Programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Public Health, the School of Education may also be closed to exchange students. Courses in Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design are extremely limited for non- majors, and admittance may require the submission of a portfolio. Graduate courses are typically not available to Undergraduate exchange students.

Drexel University Catalog course descriptions

Please note: you must select undergraduate course descriptions for Quarter term courses.

Drexel Unversity Term Master Schedule 

Please note: The schedule of classes is normally posted one term in advance however this is subject to change. Sometimes class meeting times change, sometimes classes are cancelled. You will need to check your class schedule several times before the term begins.


As you may have heard, the cost of text books in the United States is quite high. Many international students are surprised by how much text books cost. You may have to spend as much as $500 for books for one term.

Unlike many other countries, professors in the United States require students to purchase their textbooks. You will not necessarily be able to borrow your textbooks from the library or from other students.