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International Students and Scholars Services

Where the World Meets Drexel

All ISSS Operations Are Now Virtual

Due to Philadelphia Mayor Kenney's COVID-19 restrictions, effective 11/20/20, all ISSS operations are virtual and all in-person services are suspended until further notice. Students can schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor via the My Success Team channel in DrexelOne. Scholars and foreign national employees can schedule an appointment with Mr. Gehman 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 Resources and Information
(Updated 10/29/2020)

We are aware of President Fry's recent announcement about winter term. However, we are still awaiting definitive guidance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), after which we will work diligently to update our guidance for international students and answers to frequently asked questions. This will be communicated to all students as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ISSS is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and continuing to assess its impact on Drexel's international student and scholar communities. We have created the following pages to keep you informed and we will be updating them as we receive new information from the University and from the U.S. Government.

For general University guidance on COVID-19, please see the Drexel Coronavirus Response page.


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.