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International Graduate Student Association

Group of international students taking a selfie

Circular yellow logo, text in blue, IGSA, image of the Drexel dragon, a globe, and the Liberty Bell above the longer title International Graduate Student Association over a yellow backgroundThe International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) advocates for the interests and addresses the concerns of Drexel's international graduate students. As one of the most dynamic, diverse, and active graduate student organizations, the IGSA augments graduate student life at Drexel for international students and collaborates with groups across the University to offer:

  • Pre-arrival informational and engaging webinars;
  • Welcome programs and events;
  • Shopping trips;
  • Cultural and informational tours of Drexel and Philadelphia;
  • Group trips Philadelphia and metropolitan area attractions;
  • Academic and professional development workshops;
  • Multicultural social events and gatherings in celebration of US and international holidays and culture;
  • Cultural and community building events;
  • And, recreational events, such as hiking, skiiing, ice skating and more!

Visit the International Students page for more information and resources for international graduate students.

Executive Board Members of the IGSA 2023-2024

For general inquiries, please contact the IGSA E-Board at dsoigsa@drexel.eduOr, visit their page on DragonLink for a list of upcoming events.

 Role Name, Program & Bio Photo

Yash Gupta

Master's Program in Business Analytics
LeBow College of Business

As the Director of Academic Events, my plans revolve around creating opportunities for international graduate students, like me, and helping them immerse in a new education system. Coming from India, I understand the importance of familiarizing ourselves with the complexities in this new educational chapter of life. I aim to organize events that not only provide educational resources, but also collaborate with various student organizations, academic departments, and faculty members. I want to ensure students gain insights, exchange knowledge, and build networks that will help them succeed in their academic and professional journeys.

Yash Gupta Headshot
Vice President

Ali Ghadimzadeh Alamdari

PhD Program in Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

Ali's research interests include robotics, aiming to contribute to the development of innovative solutions for pressing challenges. In addition to his academic pursuits, Ali is actively engaged in mentoring students in Lunabotics robotic club.

Ali Ghadimzadeh Alamdari Headshot



Event Coordinator

Varad Choudhari

Master's Program in Engineering Management
College of Engineering

Director of Social Events

Vijay Chandra Tewari

Master's Program in Business Analytics
LeBow College of Business

Director of Academic Events


Director of Cultural Events

Riya Gaur

Master's Program in Machine Learning Engineering
College of Engineering

I have a deep appreciation for different cultures and a desire to create an inclusive environment. As an international student myself, I understand the importance of feeling connected and supported while being away from home. By promoting collaboration and friendship, I believe that every international student deserves to have a fulfilling university experience that transcends borders and creates lifelong connections and cherished memories. I aim to bring the entire international student community together at Drexel University.

Riya Gaur Headshot

Social Media & PR Coordinator

Ritu Kukreja

Master's Program in Data Science
College of Computing and Informatics

Fun fact about me is I try to be an Imperfectly Perfect.

Ritu Kukreja Headshot