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FAQ for Undergraduate International Students: Optional Remote Fall 2021 and Remote Winter 2022

International undergraduate students who are unable to obtain a visa before November 22, 2021 may opt to select a Remote Winter 2022 term of study. Please read below for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of choosing a remote fall term?

Drexel is committed to providing an in-person learning experience for the 2021-22 academic year; however, we recognize that students may have challenges in joining us for a face-to-face program. 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 the start of your Drexel education.

How can I select the Remote Fall 2021 option?

International First-Year and Transfer Students: To select a remote term, log in to your Discover Drexel portal and complete the form in the section titled “Your Admissions Status.”

Continuing International StudentsPlease log in to your DrexelOne portal and complete the form linked on the Welcome tab under Academic Alerts. When your time ticket opens, please also register for the courses to intent to take in the fall through the normal registration process.

What is the deadline to select the Remote Winter 2022 option?

New incoming First-year and transfer students must opt-in, via their Discover Drexel portal, by November 22, 2021 . Continuing students should also make arrangements with their academic advisor by November 22, 2021.

How will my plan of study be affected by selecting a remote fall or winter term?

By participating in remote learning, you will be able to progress towards degree completion without delay. Your academic advisor will work with you to establish a term schedule that will meet your academic needs which will be based on your registration as of November 22, 2021. If you would like to make any changes to your registration after November 22, 2021 you will need to contact your academic advisor, as you will not be able to make changes to your schedule online.

While colleges and schools will do their best to accommodate your schedule as requested, there may be instances where a course may not be able to be offered remotely or online. In these instances other courses will be recommended which fit into your plan of study while also progressing you towards degree. Participating in remote classes will not delay your anticipated date of graduation.

Is there a difference between taking a course remotely or on-campus?

The content covered in remote courses will be consistent with the content covered in on-campus courses. Remote courses will consist of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. View more information about the types of instruction here.

How will classes be instructed?

As one of the United States’ pioneers of online learning, Drexel University has a long and successful history of providing students with innovative, challenging, and impactful educational experiences in virtual environments. Remote courses consist of synchronous and asynchronous instruction utilizing numerous online and university resources.

Our virtual offerings not only provide students with an engaging and formative classroom experience in the safety and comfort of their own home, but they also provide vital resources and activities typically associated with on-campus experiences, including group classwork, lab opportunities, academic support, counseling and health services, and more.

What will my Remote Fall 2021 term schedule look like?

First-Year Students: Your fall term schedule will depend on several factors, including: your program of study, placement exam results, AP/IB/A level credits, and transfer credit evaluation (for Transfer students). Your academic advisor will work closely with you over the summer to create a schedule that will meet your academic needs and ensure you are making progress toward your Drexel degree.

Transfer Students: Your schedules will be determined on an individual basis, based on the coursework completed at other institutions. Connect with your admissions representative to determine if you are eligible to conduct the fall term remotely.

Will my tuition and financial aid stay the same?

Tuition and financial aid will be the same. All scholarships and grants will be awarded, as indicated in your financial aid package. Please note that room, board, and university health insurance costs will not be charged to students during the remote term. 

Will I be charged for health insurance during the fall or winter term?

All on-campus international undergraduate students are default enrolled into Drexel’s health insurance plan with Aetna (Drexel University Dragon Plan). Students who choose to attend their fall or winter term remotely will not be enrolled into the Dragon Plan until the start of first in-person term, and will pay a pro-rated amount (for coverage until August 31, 2022).

When will my immunization form be due?

For students who participate in a remote fall or winter term, the deadline to submit the immunization form is January 31, 2022. You can review requirements here.

Will housing be available for students, starting in the spring term (March 2022)?

Housing is guaranteed for first-year students. Students seeking housing starting in the spring term will not be able to participate in Roommate Matching or Room Self-Selection. Students will be administratively assigned a room based on availability and their selected preferences (e.g. building preferences, roommate requests, and Living and Learning Community).

Housing is only guaranteed for first-year students. However, we will likely be able to accommodate returning and transfer students in the winter term. Students may email to check availability.

Should I complete a housing application if I am participating in Remote Fall 2021 and/or Remote Winter 2022 option?

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 and/or Remote Winter 2022. If you have not yet completed a housing application, you should wait till the start of the term to complete one for winter 2022 and/or spring 2022 quarter housing.

Will I be able to add a dining plan for the start the spring term (March 2022)?

Yes, dining plans are mandatory for all First-Year residents.

Should I complete the dining application if I am participating in Remote Fall 2021 or Remote Winter 2022 option?

The dining application will be part of the housing application. You do not need to fill out a dining application for fall 2021 if you plan to participate in the Remote Fall 2021.

What is the deadline for my I-20 application?*

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 Winter 2022 remotely, then the I-20 application deadline is January 31, 2022.

If you receive your I-20, then later choose the Remote Winter 2022 option, Drexel will issue you a new I-20 with the adjusted start date of March 28, 2022.

If I start the term virtually and then receive my student visa during that time, can I switch and complete the term as an on-campus student?*

No, students who select a remote option must remain enrolled in this cohort for the duration of the term.

Do I need to apply for a visa for the fall term, if I opt-in to remote learning for the fall?*

No, if you elect to take classes virtually for your fall term, you do not need a U.S. visa, as you will not be in the U.S. for the fall term. In order to apply for a student visa (F-1/J-1) for the winter term, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) to apply for the necessary pre-visa documents (I-20/DS-2019).

However, if you are already inside the U.S. on a valid student status, then you must abide by the regulations governing that visa status (see below).

If I am already in the U.S. and hold a valid student visa, can I opt-in to remote learning for the fall or winter term?*

Will selecting the Remote option impact my ability to use my CPT (Curricular Practical Training)?*

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F-1 students to engage in employment, as long as it is an integral part of their curriculum. Please review the International Students and Scholars Services webpage about CPT to learn about the eligibility requirements and procedures to obtain CPT. Students must have been lawfully enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program for one full academic year (3 quarters or 2 semesters) before applying for CPT.

If my visa is denied, will I be able to reapply for a new visa?*

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/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.

I have additional questions about the Remote Fall 2021 option. Who can I contact?

For admissions-specific questions, please email or connect with your admissions representative directly. Continuing students should contact their academic advisors.

For visa-related questions, please see the International Students and Scholars Services’ FAQ page or email

*Please note: Immigrations-related guidelines are subject to change by these governing authorities: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and/or the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). 

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