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International Students

Cultural Connection Hour

Drexel's 5,000 international students come from 117 countries and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Drexel. The Office of International Students and Scholars Services provides international students with valuable academic, immigration and personal guidance. Students also receive ongoing support and social engagement from the International Graduate Student Association through webinars, airport pick-ups, dinners, and cultural and recreational programs. In addition, the English Language Center offers various academic and student life resources for international students and English language learners.

For more information about applying to Drexel as an international student or for international student resources, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

International Graduate Student Webinar Series

2021 WEBINAR DATES

As new, incoming international graduate students prepare to begin their graduate study at Drexel, the Graduate College is committed to helping make the transition as smooth as possible. The Graduate College, in partnership with the International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) and campus partners, host a series of pre-arrival/pre-start webinars over the summer. The purpose of these webinars is to help prepare newly admitted international graduate students for graduate study in the US, arrival to and life in the US and Philadelphia, and to answer any questions about life and graduate education at Drexel.

Monday, June 28, 2021
8-9:30 a.m. EDT

Watch the Recording 

Passcode: !FV08.56

Monday, July 12, 2021
8-9:30 a.m. EDT

Watch the Recording

Passcode: iaM2h$@?

 

The webinars will include:

 

  • A comprehensive overview of Drexel from the Faculty Advisor of IGSA, Dr. Michael Ryan;
  • A welcome from our the IGSA Executive Board Members;
  • A panel discussion comprised of current international graduate students, faculty and professional staff members, including representatives from International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) and Health Insurance and Immunizations; and
  • An interactive Question & Answer (Q&A) session about a wide range of topics concerning international students.

If you have any questions about these webinars and/or to RSVP, please contact graduatecollege@drexel.edu.

 

International Student Arrival Guide [PDF]

Living in Philadelphia [PDF]

International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)

Drexel's International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) serves the University's approximately 5,000 international students from around 117 countries with valuable academic, immigration, financial and personal guidance. ISSS supports international students with valuable resources and support services upon admission through graduation and beyond. For more information please visit the ISSS website or email isss@drexel.edu.

International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

The 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 and active graduate student organizations, the IGSA augments graduate student life at Drexel for international students and collaborates across the University to offer the following support services.

  • Webinars for new international students which include presentations from faculty and professional staff and time for questions. Webinar topics are related to life in the United States and at Drexel, packing information, banking recommendations, electronics advice, immigration, health insurance and more.
  • Welcome programs for new international students.
  • Shopping trips before classes start to local stores for furniture, electronics and other important supplies.
  • Cultural and informational tours of the Philadelphia and Drexel areas.
  • Group visits to Philadelphia attractions including the zoo and aquarium.
  • Academic and professional workshops valuable for international students related to financial management, English writing, software and technology, career exploration and other professional development.
  • Multicultural receptions and dinners throughout the year for holidays across many cultural backgrounds.
  • Community events during Drexel breaks including Thanksgiving and winter.
  • Hiking, shopping, amusement park and recreational trips throughout the year.

IGSA Logo 

Executive Board Members of the IGSA 2021-2022

For general inquiries, please contact the IGSA E-Board at dsoigsa@drexel.edu.

Zoom images of IGSA E-Board Members

 Role Name & Bio  Program Headshot
President

Shirley (Yijun) Qian

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
Experiencing Campus life, immersing in a new culture, talking to new people, and expanding their worldview, are part of the reasons why international students decide to leave their own countries and study abroad more than just textbooks and lectures. But the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed the ecological experience that ISs pursue on. This year, IGSA aims to rebuild the experience for all international students and re-establish a place where they feel engaged and involved.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Making new friends in different cultural backgrounds and new connections.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
A president is a position that combined multiple roles, such as organizer, server, listener, and decision-maker. I ran for president because I want to push myself out of my comfortable zone seeing how far I can go.

MS Program in Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience, College of Computing and Informatics Shirley Qian 
Vice President

Ankita Paul

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
Obtain a multicultural experience with different countries that promotes a healthy and holistic harmony across borders in the land of opportunities.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Establishing a culture of harmony and happiness for people from various backgrounds. I wish to ensure that no one feels that Drexel is any less of a home than the home they have left behind to come here in pursuance of higher education.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
I ran for VP in order to learn how to run an organization closely and get an opportunity to promote harmony among multiple cultures coming to the USA leaving their family and friends behind.

PhD Program in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering Ankita Paul
Treasurer

Bengucan Gunen

PhD Program in Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health Bengucan Gunen
Director of Social Media

Akanksha Bhatnagar

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
Bringing the entire international student community together.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Making new friends and learning about different cultures around the world – it’s like traveling without leaving the campus.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
Having experienced living away from my home country, I want to reach out and help smoothen the transition into a new place.

PhD Program in Biology, College of Arts and Sciences Akanksha Bhatnagar
Director of Cultural Events

Cindy Silvero Navarro

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
To keep working on engaging international students with the community.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Learn more about ways that I can contribute to the international community and be engaged in activities around campus.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
To be more involved in on-campus activities and being able to learn from them.

MA Program in Music Therapy and Counseling, College of Nursing and Health Professions Cindy Silvero Navarro
Director of Academic Events

Jinjie He

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
Let more grad students gather and have fun together.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Have more opportunities to communicate with people from different countries and majors.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
The COVID-19 pandemic forced me to be away from people and social life. A lot of events were canceled or moved online in the past year, especially academic events. However, online academic events are not always ideal and a variety of both is key to engage multiple populations. So, I want to help share knowledge and experience with everybody in different ways, whether in online or in-person events.

PhD Program in Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering Jinjie He
Director of Social Events

Nikhil Ladhe

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
Because of the pandemic, many international students are facing unique challenges. These challenges start from applying for the visa and extend till creating a social circle in Drexel. IGSA should make a goal to release student’s burden and help them understand that college is not just a degree but a journey. Even a simple initiative like biweekly meet for fun/chit-chat would help the international student increase their social circle and reduce the homesickness.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
I look forward to meeting many talented people and make connections. The ideal thing I would expect is to have a family away from home. Developing organizational skills is the side goal that will be fulfilled as I taking more responsibilities.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
In my undergrad, I never tried any organization because of a lack of confidence. When the opportunity to engage with IGSA and improve the overall Drexel education experience was provided to me, I pounced at it without hesitation because I wanted to change things. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and do something that would help me grow as a professional engineer and a fun-loving, amicable individual.

MS Program in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering Nikhil Ladhe
Event Coordinator

Khiem Nguyen

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community (ISs) this year?
To strengthen the network of ISs through the organized events with the hope that it will help ISs in terms of living, academic and career.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
The thing I am looking forward to in IGSA is creating new friendships.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
I ran for the position in IGSA because I am eager to contribute to the community. As an IS myself, I hope that I can help people like me, the ISs, go through the problems they face in the US. Moreover, I hope it would help my résumé more captivating.

MS Program in Data Science, College of Computing and Informatics Khiem Nguyen

 

English Language Center

Among many academic and student life resources, Drexel's English Language Center provides high quality English language instruction and support services to English language learners, including English Language Tutoring.

The English Language Center also provides an International Teaching Assistant (ITA) program for new international TAs. The website of the English Language Center has valuable information for new and international students related to housing, dining, banking and the city of Philadelphia.

More Information

For more information on transitioning to the United States, the Philadelphia area and to the Drexel community please see Drexel's Office of Faculty Advancement'
Guidebook for International Faculty which contains information pertinent to international graduate students as well.

The Journal of International Students also offers pertinent webinars related to the international student experience.

For more graduate student resources, visit the More Resources page.