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Tips For Getting Started

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The Study Abroad Office has created this website as a guide and resource for future and current study abroad students. Explore and learn more by browsing this site.

Attend Study Abroad Information Session

The Study Abroad Office frequently holds classroom visits, college specific info sessions, and campus wide events. This is a great opportunity to hear an overview of study abroad and begin exploring options.

Take Language Placement Test

Even if you have no intentions of continuing with your previous language, taking the language placement test is strongly recommended. Why? Because students often decide later on to continue the language or may want to apply for a program which has a language pre-requisite. Taking the placement test can help save time down the road!

Inform Academic Advisor and Co-op Coordinator about study abroad intentions

They can help plan your co-op cycle and curriculum sequence accordingly. In some instances, a co-op cycle change may be necessary to best schedule a study abroad term.

Read Dragons Abroad student journals for student perspectives on life in your countries of interest.

Build relationships with Drexel faculty and staff

Build relationships by participating in class, attending office hours, getting involved with extracurricular activities, etc. This will be extremely helpful when it comes time to ask for recommendations for study abroad and scholarship applications. The more active you are both in and outside of the classroom, the stronger your recommendations will be!

Consider short term language intensives or volunteering abroad

Students can maximize their summer vacation term or inter-term breaks for short term international opportunities.

Take courses during co-op term

Drexel also allows students to take 1 course per co-op term at no cost, which can be a requirement or elective course. Taking courses during co-op can allow students to accelerate their language skills or get ahead in required courses, both which can be helpful for studying abroad.

It's never too early to start saving money

The further ahead students prepare to go abroad, the longer they have to make and save money for their international experience. Students should review the Financing Study Abroad page for creative ideas to save money, as well as exploring scholarships.

Seek internationally themed Drexel student organizations

There are many culturally themed students organization on campus. Involvement can help students learn about other cultures and support the international community at Drexel.

Arrange campus housing

Students should factor study abroad into their housing decisions. Apartments will need to be subletting during study abroad periods, which can affect if and when students sign a lease. Students who sign up for Drexel Housing must complete a Housing Release Form for their term abroad.