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American Cultural Connections®

This unique program helps International Gateway students learn about university life, their new community, and American culture.

At the heart of it is the Community Bridge Program that links Gateway students to Drexel faculty, professional staff, matriculated students, and members of the Philadelphia community.  Participants are placed into “community families” that meet once a month for on and off campus activities that enrich their college experience.

Participation in Community Bridge is mandatory for all International Gateway students.

Other programming includes

  • Service learning opportunities such as volunteering at a food bank, senior center, or other community organization.
  • Peer-guided course visitations that match Gateway and Drexel students for classroom visits to learn the culture of the U.S. classroom.
  • International guest receptions where Gateway students are recognized as welcome guests at Drexel and on other university campuses.
  • Academic course linkages through Gateway courses with American students seeking intercultural communication experiences.