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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 box on the homepage for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines Available (engineering or related field): Architectural, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Information Science & Technology, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Click here for a definition of this term Graduate Students Accepted?: No
Program Description:

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

University Info   |  Exchange Student Info

College of Engineering   |   School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems   |   College of Computing and Informatics


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. Drexel enrolls approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 6,100 graduate and professional students. The university offers approximately 200 degree programs across 15 colleges and schools. Students can choose to join more than 300 cultural, media, social, service, and professional organizations.

Terms of Exchange

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted

Eligibility Requirements

Drexel cannot accept any students interested in completing their final/senior projects.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Mininum TOEFL iBT score – 80
  • Minimum IELTS score – 6.5

Study Period

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

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam period)

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 below. Please check our academic calendar for exact dates. 

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

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 Information

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

Course Contents

Course Descriptions   |   Schedule of Classes

Workload per Term

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

Additional Application Materials

Students nominated by IIE to Drexel will also be required to complete Drexel’s on-line application and submit supplementary materials.

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • Optional for Global E3 Application. Letter of recommendation may be required by host university as part of the host university application process.

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


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.

Estimated Cost of Living

Budget per Quarter


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.


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

Office of Study Abroad   |

City Info

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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