FAQ for Graduate International Students: Optional Remote Fall 2021
International graduate students who are unable to obtain a visa before September 1, 2021 may have the option to self-select into Remote Fall 2021 to start or continue their graduate program. Please read below for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Drexel is committed to providing an in-person learning experience this fall; however, we recognize that some students may have challenges in joining us face-to-face this fall. New, incoming and continuing international graduate students who are unable to obtain a visa before September 1, 2021 may have the option to self-select into Remote Fall 2021. Electing to participate in your fall term virtually gives you the extra time you may need in making the necessary arrangements to join us on campus without having to postpone your graduate education at Drexel.
Remote Fall 2021 is an option for some, but not all academic programs. Please contact your College or School representative below for more information about your specific program.
New, incoming international students: For immigration-related inquiries, please refer to the FAQs for “New International Students” on the ISSS website, or reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current, continuing international students: For immigration-related inquiries, please refer to the FAQs for “Current/Returning International Students” on the ISSS website, or reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) at email@example.com.
New, incoming international students*: Once you speak to your College or School representative above and confirm that Remote Fall 2021 is an option for your graduate program, you must log in to your Discover Drexel portal and complete the form in the section titled “Your Admissions Status.”
*If you have already been issued your pre-visa I-20/DS-2019 document, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your "program start date" adjusted to a future term when you intend to commence in-person studies at Drexel University.
Current, continuing international students: Please log in to your DrexelOne portal and complete the form linked on the Welcome tab under Academic Alerts. Upon completing the form, the Graduate College will work with your College or School to determine if Remote Fall 2021 is an option for you. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will be able to participate in Remote Fall 2021. You will receive a follow-up communication from your College or School outlining next steps. In the meantime, once your registration time ticket opens, please also register for the courses you intent to take in the fall through the normal registration process.
Students must opt in, via their Discover Drexel portal, by September 1, 2021.
“Remote” learning at Drexel means that a student will participate in the learning environment, either synchronously or asynchronously, through video conferencing, live chat, or other remote learning technologies (Blackboard Learn, Zoom, etc.). “Remote” learning is different than “online” learning at Drexel, which is conducted entirely online under normal circumstances. View a complete listing of all of the different types of course instructional methods. Please note that students who opt in for Remote Fall 2021 will only be participating in remote instructional methods.
International students in a significantly different time zone are encouraged to speak with their College or School representative about the option for asynchronous learning, such as if the scheduled class meeting time in Eastern Standard Time is not feasible for them.
Tuition and financial aid for students who opt in for remote fall will remain the same. Please check with your academic department regarding any requirements for assistantships or fellowships. Students studying remotely this fall will have access to most academic and student support services virtually.
All full-time students at Drexel are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance each academic year. Students are able to demonstrate proof of insurance through a waiver process or enrolling in Drexel’s health insurance plan with Aetna (Drexel University Dragon Plan).
Students who opt in for Remote Fall 2021 do not need to enroll in or waive health insurance until the start of the winter quarter or spring semester by January 31, 2022 and will pay a pro-rated amount for coverage through the remainder of the academic year.
For more information, please visit the Health Insurance website.
For students participating in Remote Fall 2021, the deadline to submit the immunization form for winter quarter or spring semester is January 31, 2022. For more information, please visit the Immunizations website.
Yes, Drexel University Housing will have housing available in Stiles Hall (located in downtown Philadelphia) for Winter Quarter 2022 for graduate students. Winter Quarter 2022 graduate student residents will be administratively assigned a room based on availability and their selected preferences (e.g. room type preferences). Assignments are made on a rolling basis starting mid-November 2021.
Graduate students seeking housing in University City can consider a lease at Chestnut Square, The Summit or University Crossings; these Drexel-affiliated housing options are operated by American Campus Communities. Visit American Campus Communities’ website to learn more.
Students can also browse listings and roommates through the Off-Campus Housing website.
If you have already completed a housing application, Housing and Residence Life will update your housing application to reflect that you are participating in Remote Fall 2021. If you have not yet completed a housing application, please only select the housing terms on the housing application that reflect when you plan to live on campus (e.g. Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022).
The graduate community at Drexel is very diverse and includes students studying both on-campus and online. The Graduate College, Student Life, and recognized graduate student organizations welcome you to participate in academic, professional, social, cultural, and other student activities virtually!
Further, the International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) welcomes you to connect with them via email and through their social media. You will have the opportunity to meet other international graduate students, attend events, and participate in raffles and other activities virtually until you are able to join us on campus. Keep an eye on your Drexel email for updates!
We recommend you apply for your I-20 as early as possible. The sooner you have it, the sooner you can request a visa interview appointment at your local U.S. embassy or consulate.
If you participate in Remote Fall 2021, your I-20 application deadline is November 1, 2021. If you are planning to attend on-campus classes in the fall term, the I-20 application deadline was June 15, 2021. If you haven’t applied for your I-20 yet and you plan to be on-campus in the fall term, please contact email@example.com immediately.
If you receive your I-20, then later choose the Remote Fall 2021 option, ISSS will issue you a new I-20 with the adjusted start date of January 3, 2022.
No, students who select the Remote Fall 2021 option must remain remote for the duration of the fall term. The earliest you will be able to use your I-20 to enter the U.S. will be 30 days prior to your I-20 start date.
No. The Remote Fall 2021 option is only for international students currently outside the U.S. who are not able to obtain student visas on time to start their programs in-person. Please visit the ISSS website for relevant F-1 and J-1 visa guidance.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F-1 students to engage in employment, as long as it is an integral part of their curriculum. F-1 students must be enrolled as full-time students and physically present in the U.S. for one full academic year (three quarters or two semesters) before they are eligible for CPT. An exception exists for graduate students whose academic programs require earlier CPT. Please review the International Students and Scholars Services webpage about CPT to learn more about the eligibility requirements and procedures to obtain CPT.
You may re-apply for a new visa, but it is important to know why your application was denied. In most cases, the U.S. embassies and consulates advise applicants of reasons, in writing, for visa denials. We do not advise that you re-apply using the original application, but to do so only when you have additional evidence to support your case. For more detailed information about visa denials, including the list of potential visa denial reasons and other relevant information, please see the U.S. Department of State website.
Please contact your College or School representative below for specific information about your academic program:
You should also work closely with your assigned graduate academic advisor to ensure you’re registered properly for the fall term.
You can also contact the Graduate College at firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions about your graduate education and resources.
For immigration and visa-related questions, please see the International Students and Scholars Services’ FAQ page or email email@example.com.
*Please note: Immigration-related guidelines are subject to change by these governing authorities: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and/or the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
For information on COVID-19 vaccination, please see Drexel's Response to Coronavirus page.