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Exchange & Visiting Students

Why Philadelphia?

Philadelphia (casually referred to as “Philly”), the birthplace of the United States and its sixth largest city, is home to nearly 1.6 million people. Philadelphia, often called the birthplace of the United States, is deeply rooted in American history. Philadelphia is home to many national historical sites like Independence Hall, the Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell. In its older sections, visitors will find monuments and streets from the colonial era.

Philadelphia is also a diverse center of art and culture. The city’s major art museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the largest art museums in the US. Philadelphia also has more public art than any other American city.

Many of its neighborhoods, including Center City (downtown), are just minutes from Drexel University by public transit (SEPTA), bicycle, or by foot. Philly is famous for its restaurants, and hosts teams for major professional sports. Situated halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., and close to Baltimore, New Jersey beaches, and the Pocono mountains, it is the perfect city to study and learn about the United States.

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About Drexel

Drexel University is a private, academically comprehensive and globally engaged urban research institution. Drexel offers incoming exchange students an opportunity for a truly comprehensive academic experience. Founded in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, Drexel university has grown tremendously since its founding. Today 24,000 students call Drexel home. Drexel's 60-acre University City Main Campus is located in the University City district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about a 10-minute walk from Center City, Philadelphia's downtown neighborhood.

Campus Life

Drexel students have the best of all worlds — a booming campus culture located in the heart of one of America's great cities. Involvement in Student Life is essential in making Drexel's campus life a valuable experience. Exchange students are encouraged to participate in out-of-the-classroom activities, become involved with student organizations, and use those experiences to make the most out of their time at Drexel. The good times, the good friends, and support exchange students receive will create an unforgettable and invaluable exchange experience. 

Drexel offers a variety of activities, clubs, athletics, and arts and culture programing for student engagement. There are over 300 recognized student organizations and a variety of intramural and recreational sports.

Exchange students can select from a list of academic, cultural, sport and other student groups through Campus Life. This is a great way to meet Drexel students and experience American campus life.

Exchange students are also encouraged to browse opportunities to help the local community with various activities and involvement. Volunteering is very common activity for US college students. 

Drexel also has a 240,000 square foot recreation center with a fully equipped gym and a 25-yard pool that is free for all exchange students.

Read more about studying at Drexel on our exchange student blog

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