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FAQ for International Graduate Students: Optional Remote Fall 2020

International graduate students admitted to select graduate programs at Drexel for Fall 2020 have the option to self-select into a remote fall term to start their Drexel graduate program. Please read below for more information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible for a remote fall term?

Drexel is committed to making your graduate education as accessible as possible in light of the difficulties facing our international student community. A remote fall term option is available for new, incoming international graduate students starting in most, but not all programs. Please contact your College or School representative below for more information about your specific program.*

*International students who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents should connect directly with their admissions representative to determine if they are eligible for a remote fall term.

*International students who are returning/continuing their graduate program in the fall term should refer to the FAQs for “Current International Students” on the ISSS website and consult with their graduate academic advisor about their plans for the fall term
.

College/School  Contact Person Email
 Close School of Entrepreneurship  Rita Berson  rk25@drexel.edu
 College of Arts and Sciences  Michelle Dolinski  mjd396@drexel.edu
 College of Computing and Informatics  Matt Lechtenberg  ml333@drexel.edu
 College of Engineering  Will Fenton  wcf27@drexel.edu
 College of Nursing and Health Professions  Zak Thorton  znt24@drexel.edu
 Dornsife School of Public Health  David Wood  daw348@drexel.edu
 Goodwin College of Professional Studies  Anne Converse Willkomm  acw334@drexel.edu
 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and
Professional Studies in the College of Medicine
 Stephanie Schleidt  ss3946@drexel.edu
 Kline School of Law  Audrey Woods  ae79@drexel.edu
 LeBow College of Business  Niki Kelley  nmk58@drexel.edu
 School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and
Health Systems
 Natalia Broz  njb33@drexel.edu
 School of Education  Jaclyn Aldworth  jla359@drexel.edu
 Westphal College of Media Arts and Design  Katherine Gross  keg333@drexel.edu

 

What is “remote” learning?

“Remote” learning at Drexel means that a student is enrolled in a program in which the majority of classes would normally meet face-to-face, but under the circumstances will meet “remotely” or virtually, 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.

What is “synchronous” versus “asynchronous” class sessions?

Most remote class sessions meet “synchronously” which means that the instructor and students engage in the learning environment live and in real time, such as at the same time the class is scheduled and would normally meet in person, but remotely through video conferencing, chat or other remote learning tools.

“Asynchronous” means that the class session or assignment is viewed or completed on your own schedule, often through pre-recorded lectures, videos, activities or assignments that you may complete not at the same time as your classmates, but often by a particular deadline.

International students in a significantly different time zone are encouraged to speak with their professor about the option for asynchronous learning, such as if the scheduled class meeting time in Eastern Standard Time is not feasible for them..

Why would I opt in for a remote fall term?

We recognize that students are in an unprecedented situation. Electing to participate in your fall term remotely gives you 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.

This option is ideal for international students who need additional time to complete the visa application process or who experience delays in making travel arrangements..

Who can I speak with about the decision to opt in for remote fall term?

We recommend speaking with a representative from your College or School about what remote learning might look like in your specific program and the best decision for you.

College/School  Contact Person Email
 Close School of Entrepreneurship  Rita Berson  rk25@drexel.edu
 College of Arts and Sciences  Michelle Dolinski  mjd396@drexel.edu
 College of Computing and Informatics  Matt Lechtenberg  ml333@drexel.edu
 College of Engineering  Will Fenton  wcf27@drexel.edu
 College of Nursing and Health Professions  Zak Thorton  znt24@drexel.edu
 Dornsife School of Public Health  David Wood  daw348@drexel.edu
 Goodwin College of Professional Studies  Anne Converse Willkomm  acw334@drexel.edu
 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and
Professional Studies in the College of Medicine
 Stephanie Schleidt  ss3946@drexel.edu
 Kline School of Law  Audrey Woods  ae79@drexel.edu
 LeBow College of Business  Niki Kelley  nmk58@drexel.edu
 School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and
Health Systems
 Natalia Broz  njb33@drexel.edu
 School of Education  Jaclyn Aldworth  jla359@drexel.edu
 Westphal College of Media Arts and Design  Katherine Gross  keg333@drexel.edu

How can I opt in for remote fall term?

New, incoming international graduate students in participating graduate programs can log in to your Discover Drexel portal and complete the form in the section titled “Your Admissions Status.”*

*International students who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents should connect directly with their admissions representative to determine if they are eligible for a remote fall term.

*International students who are returning/continuing their graduate program in the fall term should refer to the FAQs for “Current International Students” on the ISSS website and consult with their graduate academic advisor about their plans for the fall term
.

What is the deadline to select the Remote Fall 2020 option?

Students must opt in for remote fall term via their Discover Drexel portal by September 1, 2020 for quarter-based programs. For semester-based programs, please contact your College or School representative.

FOR DREXEL-SPONSORED F-1 AND J-1 VISAS

Please refer to the ISSS website for additional information for F-1 and J-1 visa holders, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for New, Incoming International Students.

Additional Questions?

For admissions-specific questions, please email enroll@drexel.edu.

For visa-related questions, please email isss@drexel.edu.

For academic or program-specific questions, please contact your assigned graduate academic advisor.