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International Students and Scholars Services

Where the World Meets Drexel

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.

Why You Should Study in the U.S.

Contact Us

Location

3141 Chestnut Street
Main Building, Suite 222
Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.895.2502

Hours

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Visit during office hours to drop off/pick up documents or to request a travel signature.

Virtual Walk-in Hours

Mondays–Wednesdays, 2–4 p.m.
Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

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Current ISSS Operations: Primarily Virtual, Office Open Limited Hours

Students can schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with an International Student Advisor by signing into DrexelOne and navigating to the My Success Team channel. Scholars and foreign national employees can schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with the ISSS Executive Director by sending an appointment request to isss@drexel.edu.


Resources for New International Students


News and Announcements

  • Haiti: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designation

    On May 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) starting May 21st for 18 months.

  • U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Russia

    Effective May 12, 2021 the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia will reduce consular services offered to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life-or-death emergency immigrant visas.

  • President Biden Adds India to the List of Regional COVID-19 Travel Bans

    Effective May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of travel to the United States will not be permitted entry, unless they qualify for an exception.

  • National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers

    On April 26, 2021, the Department of State (DoS) Secretary Blinken made a national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions to all regional travel restrictions currently related to the spread of COVID-19.

  • Special Student Relief (SSR) Employment Benefits

    On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted Federal Register notices announcing the suspension of certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Venezuela and Syria who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the humanitarian crises in their country of citizenship.


Travel Reminders

If you will be departing the United States, 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 (Unexpired) 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 departed the U.S. without a signature or have a question about your travel, please email isss@drexel.edu.