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International Students and Scholars Services

Where the World Meets Drexel

The Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) offers a vast array of programs and services to international students, scholars, and faculty representing 117 countries. The ISSS staff works to promote meaningful interaction between United States Citizens and nationals of other countries by organizing cultural enriching opportunities for all members of the Drexel community. ISSS staff advises international students, scholars and faculty on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns.

For any questions, service requests or appointments, please email isss@drexel.edu

Important Notice (beginning September 8, 2014)

Starting September 8, 2014, we are not holding the regular appointments because of the orientation and the arrival of the new students. We will take exigent appointments only depending on the sensitivity of each case. Please email jgc45@drexel.edu.

The office is also closed during the following time frames:

  • Friday, September 12, 2014, 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014, 3-5 p.m.
Normal business hours and procedures will resume on September 22, 2014. 

New International Student

Please see the Pre-Arrival Handbook for important information before you arrive in the U.S.

New International Student Checklist

Below is the check list for all the incoming international students. Follow the steps to become an official Dragon. To download a printable version, please click here.

* UG: Undergraduate Student             ** G: Graduate Student

***Ex: Exchange Student                    **** All: All international students

Step

Student Group

Dates and Info

Activate Drexel account

All

Visit the Computer Accounts Management Systems here.

Offices throughout Drexel University will only contact you through your Drexel email account.

Register for
Airport Pickup

UG

Ex

Register for airport pickup as soon as you receive the “Drexel ISSS Airport Pickup” email. The deadline for registering for a Lady Liberty Shuttle Voucher (Ticket) is September 8th.

We will provide pre-paid vouchers (tickets) only for the duration of September 15th to September 19th. Note that only on September 15th, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (EST), ISSS representatives and student volunteers will be at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to welcome you.

G

Contact International Graduate Student Association (igsa@drexel.edu) to arrange your airport pickup voucher.

Complete the mandatory
I-20/DS-2019 Registration process

All

Within 30 days of your program start date

For more information and to review the required documents check the ISSS website.

Note: Failure to complete the process will result in a hold to be put on your academic records and eventually in termination of your immigration visa status.

Register for Orientation

UG

Register for orientation by clicking here.

G

Register for graduate student orientation by clicking here.

Pick up Dragon Card
(Drexel ID Card)

G

Thursday, Sept. 11, 3-5 p.m., Creese Student Center, Suite 124

UG

Pick up your Dragon Cards by Wednesday, Sept. 17, Creese Student Center, Suite 124

 

To learn about the Dragon Card office and their location across campuses click here.

Attend International Graduate Student Dinner & Welcome Reception

G

Thursday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m.

Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall

Complete the mandatory check in with ISSS at the Graduate Student Orientation

G

Friday, Sept. 12, 9-10 a.m. Main Building Great Court

Attend the ISSS Mandatory Workshop/Information session for Graduate Students

G

Friday, Sept. 12, 10-11 a.m. Main Building Great Court

Visit the Dragon Expo

G

Friday, Sept. 12, 3:30-5 p.m.

Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall

Meet Airport
Welcome Crew

UG

Ex

Monday, Sept.15, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (EST)

ISSS representatives and student volunteers will be at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), International Arrivals Hall, to welcome you.

International
Student
Move-in

UG

Monday, Sept.15, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (no fee)

and

Tuesday, Sept.16, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (no fee)

Visit Welcome to
Drexel Fair

UG

Monday, Sept.15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rec Center Lobby

Meet Sponsors: Banks, Cell Phone Companies, International Student Organizations

Attend
Pen Pal Meet & Greet

UG

Monday, Sept.15, 7-9 p.m.

Buckley Green Sand Volleyball Courts

* Register when you receive the email.

Complete the mandatory check in with ISSS at the Undergraduate Student Orientation

UG

Ex

Thursday, Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m. Main Building Great Court

Attend the ISSS Mandatory Information session for Undergraduate Students

UG

Thursday, Sept. 18, 3-5 p.m. Main Building Auditorium

Exchange Student Information Session

Ex

Thursday, Sept. 18, 3-5:30 p.m.

Purchase Health Insurance

All

Enroll or waive before Sept. 30 

All graduate students must either waive or enroll in the Drexel Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of every academic year.

 For more information click here.

Fulfill the
Immunization Requirements

All

Deadline date for International Students is Oct. 1.

New Student Day Clinics, North Hall (33rd & Race Streets)

 Monday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 For more information click here.

Class Scheduling

All

For more information on how to contact your Academic Advisor click here.

Undergraduate Students: Classes for the fall term will be scheduled for you and more information about scheduling classes will be given to you during your UNIV 101 class.

Meet with the International Tax Administrator

If you receive any kind of scholarship, assistantship, or fellowship, or if you have an on-campus job, you will need to meet with the Tax Specialist to determine the tax rate that you are subjected to. The tax office is located at 3201 Arch Street.