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  • Locations: Philadelphia, PA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Architectural, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Information Science & Technology, Materials Science & Engrg, Mechanical
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

University Info   |   College of Engineering   |   School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems   |   College of Computing and Informatics (CCI)   |   Drexel Study Abroad Office


Drexel's 60-acre University City Main Campus is located in the University City district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about a 10-minute walk from Center City, Philadelphia's downtown neighborhood.

Student Enrollment
  • 14,864 undergraduates
  • 6,081 graduate and professional students
Colleges and Schools
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems
  • Computing and Informatics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality and Sport Management
  • Law
  • Media Arts & Design
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Health Professions
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • Public Health
  • Professional Studies
Approximately 200 degree programs across 15 colleges and schools.

Student Activities

Students can choose from more than 300 cultural, media, social, service, and professional organizations.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students: Accepted
  • Graduate Students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors: Accepted
  • Biomedical Engineers: Accepted
  • Information Technology majors: Accepted
  • Students interested in completing their senior projects: NOT Accepted


Students may come for a combination of some or all of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.


English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students where the language of instruction is not English.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based - 550
  • Computer-based - 214
  • Internet-based - 80

Minimum IELTS score: 6.5

Disciplines Available

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Science & Technology
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Additional application materials?

Yes, students will be required to fill out Drexel’s on-line application and submit supplementary materials.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Acceptance packages will be mailed to students’ home school advisors approximately 8 weeks after receiving a complete application, including J-1 visa application.


Semester Dates

Drexel divides the school year into quarters (terms), not semesters.

Drexel has 4 quarters per year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Exchange students may begin their stay at Drexel during Fall, Winter or Spring terms. There is no exchange program during the summer term. 

In general the terms follow this calendar:

  • Fall term: Mid-September - Mid-December
  • Winter term: Early-January - Mid-March
  • Spring term: Late-March - Mid-June
  • Summer term: Mid-June - Mid-September

Please check our academic calendar for exact dates. 

Before you book your plane ticket, please make sure that you understand not only our academic calendar but when the residence halls open and close (if you plan on living in the residence halls) and when final exams take place. Do not book your plane ticket before the last day of final exams.

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions and schedules

Workload per semester

You must take a minimum of 12 credits per term and may take no more than 20 credits. Most Drexel students take about 16 credits, 4-5 courses. We suggest that you select 10 courses that you would like to take for each term you are at Drexel. This means that you will not be disappointed if a class in cancelled or if a class is full.

Grading System

Letter Grade Grade Points
A+ 4.00
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00

Academic Transcripts

Two official transcripts will be mailed to student’s home school advisor approximately one month after the end of the exchange period. If students need more than one academic transcript they may order it directly from Drexel’s registrar.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Yes, on-campus accommodation is available to exchange students, although it is not guaranteed. Accepted students who wish to live on-campus housing should be sure to apply early to reserve their space. Please note: all rooms in Drexel residence halls are double rooms, meaning that you will be sharing your bedroom. If you choose to live on-campus, you will be directly billed by Drexel.

Students also have the option of living off-campus

When can exchange students move in to their on-campus dormitories?

Typically exchange students may move in to the residence halls on the Saturday prior to the start of the term. However, specific move-in and move-out dates can be found on the Drexel Housing website.


Entry Visa

All inbound exchange students need a visa to enter the United States. After you have been accepted as an exchange student by your home university you should begin filling out Drexel’s on line application which includes the J-1 visa application form and supplementary materials. Upon acceptance by Drexel, you will be issued a DS-2019 document that will allow you to apply for your J-1 Exchange visa.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

All international students holding a J-1 Visa are required to purchase the Drexel health insurance plan,  even if they are required to purchase their home country insurance. NO exceptions can be made to this rule.

The policy covers students in the Philadelphia area as well as throughout the world. The plan must be purchased immediately upon entrance into our university. 

Exchange students must also comply with the immunization requirements that apply to matriculated students. 

Please note: some of the immunizations must be administered in the United States. There is an immunization clinic at the beginning of every term. There is a $35.00 University immunization processing fee which must be paid by all students regardless of where the student receives vaccinations. This fee will be placed on the University bill.


When should I arrive?

If the student plans to live on-campus, then it is recommended that students move in on available move-in dates at the beginning of the term.

If the student is living off-campus and is signing an apartment lease, then students should arrange a move in date with the landlord.

All students should arrive in time to attend new student orientation activities.

Is airport reception available?

Students will be matched with a Dragon Buddy, a Drexel student that serves as an initial contact and guide. They may then arrange for an airport reception with their buddy, assuming their buddy is available.

There are a variety of ways for students arriving at Philadelphia International Airport to come to campus, including taxis, train and shuttle bus.

Is there any bank on campus?

There are several banks  on Drexel’s campus or within a 5 minute walk of campus.


Food/meals -

Students have the option of purchasing a meal plan.  If students are living in the residence halls and have chosen not to pay for the meal plan they will have access to a kitchen and will be able to cook their own meals.

There is a large variety of food trucks, pizzerias, take out restaurants, and other low cost food options available throughout campus and in the immediate area.

Housing – information about on-campus housing options and rates.

Local transportation

Public transportation is cheap and affordable. A subway token costs $2 and a bus or train to New York City, Boston, or Washington D.C. can range from $30 -$120 dollars.

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) Approximately $500 per term

Personal expenses Personal expenses vary with individual students

Other administrative fees

There is a $35.00 University immunization processing fee which must be paid by all students regardless of where the student receives vaccinations. This fee will be placed on the University bill.

Although exchange students will not be billed tuition costs, students will be billed lab fees as well as activity fees. Visit the tuition breakdown page for more details.


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Drexel Study Abroad Office

Email (General Inquiries)


Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth most populous city in the United States. A commercial, educational, and cultural center, the city was once the second-largest in the British Empire (after London), and the social and geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. It was in this city that many of the ideas, and subsequent actions, gave birth to the American Revolution and American Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. It was the most populous city of the young United States, and served as the nation's first capital during much of the Revolutionary War and after. Following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, it was the temporary national capital from 1790 to 1800 while Washington, DC was under construction.

Philadelphia contains many national historical sites that relate to the founding of the United States. Independence National Historical Park is the center of these historical landmarks. Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell are the city's most famous attractions. Other historic sites include homes for Edgar Allan Poe and Betsy Ross and early government buildings like the First and Second Banks of the United States.

The city also contains many art museums such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Rodin Museum, the largest collection of work by Auguste Rodin outside of France. The city’s major art museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the largest art museums in the United States.

In terms of cuisine, the city is known for its hoagies, soft pretzels, water ice, and is home to the cheese steak. It is also known for its many fine restaurants as well as a large selection of international and ethnic restaurants.

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