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Frequently Asked Questions

For additional frequently asked questions, please refer to our First-Year FAQsTransfer FAQs, and International Gateway FAQs.

Application Process

I speak English — can the English Language Proficiency requirement be waived for me?

First-Year Applicants

International first-year applicants whose first (or native) language is not English must take the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test (DET), or PTE and request that official results are forwarded to the Admissions Office. Drexel's TOEFL school code is 2194.

For applicants from Mainland China: The TOEFL ITP Plus for China is accepted in all cases where the TOEFL iBT is accepted.

Exemptions from an English proficiency exam may occur for the following reasons:

  • Your first (or native) language is English.
  • You have studied at a high school for a minimum of three complete years where English is the primary language of instruction. We strongly recommend that students who choose this exemption still submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams to demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • You have received a minimum score of 600 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section or a minimum score of 27 on the ACT English section.

Drexel is test-optional; however, we can review and accept a variety of standardized tests for consideration during the application review process. To see a complete list of eligible exams, please review our Standardized Test Policies page.

Transfer Applicants

International transfer applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test (DET), or PTE unless:

  • You have completed English Composition I and II (and III if attending a quarter institution), earning a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • You have studied at, and subsequently graduated from, a high school or university where English is the primary language of instruction for a minimum of three years.
  • You have received a minimum score of 600 on the SAT Critical Reasoning section or a minimum score of 27 on the ACT English section within the last two years.

Applicants from Mainland China: The TOEFL ITP Plus for China is accepted in all cases where the TOEFL iBT is accepted.

How does Drexel determine if I am an international student?

If you are not a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident (green card holder), you are an international student.

Ninth grade is in middle school in my country. Do I still need to send my ninth grade transcripts?

You are required to submit these transcripts if you are applying as a first-year applicant. An admission decision cannot be made without these documents. 

I am an international student. What transcripts does Drexel need?

Transcript requirements for international first-year applicants can be found on our First-Year Application Instructions. If your country or educational system is not listed, or if you are unsure about what documents are required, please email your admissions representative. Transfer students must submit sealed, official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended; please find more information about submitting international transcripts on our Transfer Application Instructions. If you have fewer than 24 semester college credits or less than one academic year of full-time coursework, you may also be required to submit official high school transcripts.

How can I check my application status?

You can check the status of your application by visiting your Discover Drexel portal.

Note: Information on Discover Drexel reflects what has been processed into our system. It will not reflect materials that we have received but have not yet processed.

Where can I submit my application materials electronically?

Please refer to the First-Year Application Instructions or the Transfer Application Instructions for detailed instructions on how to submit individual items.

Where should I mail my application materials?

Please refer to the First-Year Application Instructions or the Transfer Application Instructions for our mailing addresses.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How do I apply for scholarships?

All international students are automatically considered for merit aid during the application review process. No additional applications are required. Merit scholarship decisions are based on the credentials submitted at the time of application. Students who are awarded a merit scholarship will be notified along with their offer of admission.

If you would like to be considered for need-based aid, you must complete the CSS Profile by the appropriate deadline. To view the deadlines and find more information regarding the CSS Profile, please visit the How to Apply for Aid page.

I cannot cover the entire cost of a Drexel education. Can I have a job on campus?

International students carrying an F1 visa may work on campus. However, Drexel cannot guarantee that you will find a job and we are unable to provide a job assignment to you. It will be your responsibility to seek out and apply for on-campus jobs if you wish to have one.

It is important to note that while these jobs can provide a source of income, the pay is typically not enough to cover the cost of tuition. Many international students will use their income from these positions to cover living expenses such as clothing or going out to eat.

Drexel Co-op

I am an international student and will have an F1 visa. Can I do co-op?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F-1 students to engage in employment as long as it is an integral part of their curriculum, like co-op. For more information on CPT, visit the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) website.

Will participating in the co-op program affect my Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

If you are enrolled in the One Co-op (Four Years) option, it will not affect your OPT. If you are enrolled in the Three Co-op (Five Years) option, it will affect your OPT if you do all of your co-ops full-time in the United States. In order to preserve their OPT for after graduation, students with three co-ops will often do one of their co-ops part-time or one of them abroad. For more information regarding your OPT, please contact our International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) office at isss@drexel.edu or by phone at 215.895.2502.

I do not have a student visa. I have an H4 (L2, etc.) visa. Can I participate in co-op?

Please contact the ISSS office regarding this issue. They can be reached by email at isss@drexel.edu or by phone at 215.895.2502.