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International Students and Scholars Services

Where the World Meets Drexel

Current ISSS Operations: Primarily Virtual, Office Open Limited Hours

In-person advising appointments and walk-in advising hours are suspended until further notice. Students can schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor by signing into DrexelOne > My Success Team. Scholars and foreign national employees can schedule an appointment with the ISSS Executive Director by sending your appointment request to

Welcome to Drexel University and welcome to the office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS). ISSS offers a vast array of programs and services to approximately 3,500+ international students, scholars, and faculty 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.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Resources and Information

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Continues March 2020 Guidance for the 2021-22 Academic Year (Updated 5/20/2021)

On April 26th, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced the extension of the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. This guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Significantly, there are no changes to the original guidance, which will remain in effect during the 2021-22 academic year.

What does this mean for Drexel’s international students? 

Drexel's plan for Fall 2021 is to feature a primarily in-person/hybrid approach to learning, research, and student life. Please see the March 15 message from Drexel’s President John Fry to learn more about Fall 2021. Drexel's priority is to support the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. To ensure that, as well as to fulfill the University's mission of teaching, research and service, the Office of the Registrar has designed various instructional methods. For more information on course registration, as well as descriptions, please review the Course Registration Process. The hybrid model of instruction currently offered by Drexel is temporarily permitted by ICE, but there are still certain rules that F-1 students must follow to ensure compliance with immigration regulations.   

ISSS continues to closely monitor the development of this situation and will communicate additional and appropriate information via the ISSS FAQs webpage.

For general University guidance on COVID-19, please see Drexel's Response to Coronavirus.


Developments on Executive Order(s) & Proclamations

At the Drexel University International Students and Scholars Services Office, we strive to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for all members of the Drexel International Community. We deeply value our global and diverse community and remain committed to inclusivity and belongingness for all in our campus community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Frequently Asked Questions for International Students About Protests in the United States 

Do you have questions about the wide-spread protests and demonstrations in the U.S.? View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for information about these recent events.

Travel Reminders

If you will be departing the United States during break, you must have the proper documents in order to re-enter so you can continue your time here at Drexel.

  • Valid I-20 or DS-2019 – You will need a valid I-20 or DS-2019 if your program has not ended and you are in good standing with the ISSS office.
  • Valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 – Travel signatures are valid for one year from the date of last signature in most cases. There is an exception for F1 students on OPT. For students on OPT, travel signatures are valid for six months from the date of last signature. The travel signature is on the second page of your I-20 or the front page of your DS-2019.
  • Valid U.S. Visa – Please visit the U.S. Visas website if you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or an adjacent island with an expired visa. ISSS can provide a support letter for renewing your visa, if needed. If you are renewing your visa, be sure that you have enough time to do this during break. If you will not have enough time to renew your visa, it is not advised that you leave the United States.
  • Valid passport (valid for at least six months) 
  • Unofficial transcript – ISSS recommends that Drexel students carry an unofficial transcript printed from DrexelOne.

If you have left without a signature or have a question about your travel during break, please email The account will be monitored for emergency messages and you will get a reply.

New International Students

Please see New International Student page for important information before you arrive in the U.S. New students can also review the Pre-Arrival Guide [PDF] for more information to prepare for their transition to Drexel and the overview on Transportation to Philadelphia [PDF] to guide you through your arrival to Drexel University and Philadelphia.