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International Students

Indian students performing a dance in colorful clothing

Drexel's 3,500+ international students, scholars and faculty represent 120+ countries and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Drexel. International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) provides international students, scholars and faculty (F-1 and J-1) guidance on immigration, cultural, financial, academic, and personal concerns, and makes appropriate referrals when necessary. International graduate students also receive ongoing support and engagement from the Graduate College and International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) through a series of social, professional, cultural and recreational programs and opportunities. 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 Pre-Arrival Webinars

As international students prepare to travel to and begin their graduate study in the US, the Graduate College of Drexel University is committed to helping make the transition as smooth as possible. The Graduate College, in partnership with the IGSA and campus partners, hosts a series of pre-arrival webinars over the summer to help incoming international graduate students prepare for graduate study in the US, arrival to and life in the US and Philadelphia, and to answer any questions about student life and graduate study at Drexel.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
8-10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Watch the Recording

Please note that you will be required to log into your Drexel account via Single Sign-On (abc123) and password to access the recording. If you have any issues, please contact us at graduatecollege@drexel.edu.

Thursday, August 4, 2022
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Watch the Recording

The webinars include:

 

  • A welcome and introduction of members of the Graduate College, ISSS, Health Insurance and Immunizations, Drexel Central, and current international graduate students and members of IGSA Executive Board (listed below);
  • A comprehensive overview of life in the US, Philadelphia, and at Drexel and advice on how to prepare for travel, arrival and the rigor of the quarter systems and graduate study at Drexel;
  • A Question & Answer (Q&A) session featuring current international graduate students, faculty and professional staff members, and representatives from the Graduate College, ISSS, Health Insurance and Immunizations, and the IGSA on a wide range of topics.

The webinar sessions will be recorded and archived on this website for later viewing. We will also circulate a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) following the webinars.

 

If you have any questions about these webinars, please contact graduatecollege@drexel.edu.

 

Guides & Resources for International Students & Scholars

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

International Student's Guide to Drexel & Philadelphia [PDF]

Living in Philadelphia [PDF]

​You may also refer to the guide below. While it is from 2019-2020, much of the information is still relevant to today:

International Student's Guide to Drexel & Philadelphia 2019-2020 [PDF]

Please also refer to the Pre-Arrival Handbook [PDF] published by ISSS.

International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)

ISSS offers a vast array of programs and services to approximately 3,500+ international students, scholars, and faculty (F-1 and J-1) representing 120+ different countries. The ISSS staff works to promote meaningful interaction between United States Citizens and nationals of other countries by organizing culturally enriching opportunities for all members of the Drexel community. A student's affiliation with ISSS begins immediately after the admission process and continues well beyond graduation. ISSS staff can advise international students, scholars and faculty on immigration, cultural, financial, academic, and personal concerns, and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

For more information please visit the ISSS website or email isss@drexel.edu.

Information for Incoming Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright scholars have the unique opportunity to participate in graduate study, research, creative projects or teaching worldwide. Drexel offers incoming Fulbright scholars an opportunity for a truly comprehensive academic experience. Drexel offers the best of all worlds – a booming campus culture located in the heart of one of America’s great cities. To make the most of your experience at Drexel, you are encouraged to:

  1. Join one of Drexel’s academic, cultural, sport and other student groups through Campus Life.
  2. Browse opportunities for activities & involvement through Student Life.
  3. Explore everything Philadelphia has to offer. From museums to good eats, there is no shortage of activities to explore! Find out more about living in Philadelphia by clicking on the "Guides & Resources" listed above.

Questions? Seek support through the following resources:

  1. Scholars should contact their academic advisor for questions related to their academic plan of study and course schedule.
  2. For assistance with required Fulbright paperwork and general inquiries, please contact the Office of Global Engagement at global@drexel.edu.

Checks must be mailed to the Cashier’s Office at the address below:

Cashier's Office
Suite 106, Main Building
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)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 background

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, 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!

Executive Board Members of the IGSA 2022-2023

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

 Role Name & Bio  Program Headshot
President

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Vice President

Gelila Solomon

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community this year?
As a Vice President at IGSA, I plan to come up with creative and engaging events with my colleagues at IGSA. Drexel hosts the largest number of incoming international students in Fall 2022 and hence, I look forward to creating opportunities that will make the transition to the US easier for international students. I hope to cultivate a sense of community among international students and provide resources that ensure academic success.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to meeting all the amazing incoming and current international students. I am excited at the opportunity of learning about new cultures and perspectives. I look forward to hosting and coordinating the vibrant IGSA events.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
I ran for the Vice President position because I wanted to give back intentionally to my peers. The transition to the US can be confusing and the right guidance will go a long way. And since I have been through the process, I am certain I will be a good resource and I have great ideas on how to make the new international student experience easier and more seamless. Furthermore, I am curious about other cultures and want to take this opportunity to interact with different international students from all over the world.

MPH Program in Health Management and Policy
Dornsife School of Public Health
Gelila Solomon Headshot

Treasurer

Shufang Wang

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community this year?
Most International students came to U.S from a very different country. The language environment and other situations are very different from the place where they originated. I want to help international students to get used to the new environment very quickly. I want to get from out of isolation when they are members of the great community.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
I want to process the treasurer application in my work in the team.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
My working experience and enthusiasm will make me to work smoothly.

Master's Program in Epidemiology
Dornsife School of Public Health

Shufang Wang Headshot
Director of Social Media

Akanksha Bhatnagar

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community 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 Headshot
Director of Student Resources

Joseph Mutuma Ichaba

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community this year?
Become more vibrant and successfully seek and if necessary, agitate for more educational resources and opportunities.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Resume more lively social interactions after the exhausting COVID-19 pandemic period.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
To impact change! International Graduate students need more academic resources and opportunities. We need to seek creative ways to achieve it.

PhD Program in Educational Leadership and Policy
School of Education
Mutuma Ichaba Headshot
Director of Cultural Events

Poojan Bhavsar

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community this year?
IGSA is one of the best platforms to explore different culture worldwide and campus life. By joining this organization, I would like to gain a multicultural experience with different countries that promotes a healthy and holistic harmony across borders. Many inter-culture events can gather all the students to be in touch with everyone.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
Share cultural values, Spread harmony and happiness with all of us. Make Drexel campus no less than home sweet home which we, specially international students left behind to pursue higher education and for dream career. Balance between studies and campus fun events.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
Time management between study, Internship, On campus job and IGSA "Director of Cultural Event" position. Develop strong decision making capacity and leave comfort zone, Built great network with Drexel dragons and connecting with different organizations.

Master's Program in Information Systems
College of Computing and Informatics

Poojan Bhavsar
Director of Social Events

Mithilia Chintala

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community this year?
Every international student deserves to enjoy their time on campus while away from home. University should be a one-stop destination for academics, volunteer work, and endless fun. My goal is to motivate international grads to take part in social activities, although with demanding coursework, so that they can make connections and memories that last a lifetime.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
I aim to meet new people from across the world, get to know their culture, and eventually make some of them my 2.A.M buddies. I'm eager to spend this year hanging out on campus and contributing to, organizing, and taking part in a variety of entertaining and engaging social events.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
I have always enjoyed socializing. Therefore, it goes without saying that I applied for the position of Director of Social Events at IGSA. By planning exciting events, my job allows me to relive my undergraduate years. I wish to help the international students feel a little less homesick by accompanying and communicating while they engage in leisure activities in the same way they would with friends and family back home.

Master's Program in Information Systems
College of Computing and Informatics
Mithilia Chintala

Event Coordinator

Amaan Ghauri

What is one goal or initiative you have for the international student community this year?
The goal is for the international students to be able to feel a part of this community we have. To be able to reach out to each other and us to collaborate and make this experience at Drexel fruitful and memorable.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?
I am really looking forward to making an impact, not just as a student but as an international student and part of that community, IGSA. To help people and make friends along the way.
What made you run for your position in IGSA?
I remember the way how I felt welcomed when I started my journey here at Drexel. Coming across IGSA was one of the best things, great people, and events and tremendously useful information around a lot of things, socially and academically. I knew that I would want to be a part of something like this and here I am now.

Master's Program in Business Analytics
LeBow College of Business
Amaan Ghauri

 

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.