Drexel University

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $5,000—$10,000 Quarter

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    TOEFL and Test Preparation, English for Academic Purposes, Intensive English

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

Welcome to Drexel ELC

  • Part of Drexel University and located on the campus
  • In the vibrant, exciting city of Philadelphia

“Philly” is …

  • Dynamic: the 5th largest city in the United States
  • Accessible: about 2 hours by car, train, or bus from New York City and Washington, DC
  • Affordable: less expensive to live in than other large U.S. cities
  • Stimulating: home to over 50 colleges and universities and a major center for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries
  • Vibrant: full of music theater, museums, restaurants and clubs, sports teams and recreational facilities
  • Stylish: featuring hundreds of tax-free designer clothing outlets
  • Historic: the first capital of the U.S; home of the Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence

Drexel University is …

  • Located in a safe, residential urban neighborhood
  • 5 – 10 minutes by bus or subway from Center City Philadelphia
  • A private, urban university founded in 1891 with …
    • Over 15,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students
    • Nearly 2,500 international students from over 117 countries
    • Over 80 majors offered by 16 schools and colleges
    • The Drexel Co-op, a way for students to alternate periods of paid, full-time work experience with their classroom study

Intensive English Program

  • Four 11-week terms per year
  • Half terms (6 weeks) at the beginning of each full term
  • Six levels, from Beginning to Advanced
  • One level = one full term
  • Placement tests assess Speaking and Writing levels
  • Orientation sessions help new students each term
  • 21 class hours per week:
    • Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing 5 days a week
    • Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Grammar 2 days a week
    • Special Topic (specific skills or test preparation) 2 days a week
  • Free tutoring sessions
  • Certificates awarded for successful completion

Graduate School Preparation Courses

These courses prepare students for graduate level studies in their field. Participants must have a university degree and place into ELC Level 4 Listening / Speaking and Reading / Writing (or higher).

  • Global Business English (GLOBE) - Meets the needs of prospective MBA and pre-MBA students as well as business professionals
  • Language of Media and Design – Immerses you in the language and critical processes of design and arts administration
  • The Language of STEM – Prepares you to communicate on current topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

 Special features include connecting with experts in your field, site visits, lectures and symposiums on a range of topics

Drexel International Gateway

  • A conditional admission program that provides qualified undergraduate applicants with a foundation year of quality academic and English language courses.
  • Applicants must meet Drexel University academic requirements.
  • Secondary school graduates with TOEFL scores from 53 to 73 or IELTS from 5.0 to 5.5 can apply for admission.
  • The program begins in the Fall term and prepares students to begin full-time undergraduate study at Drexel the following Fall. Most students complete the program in 9 months (3 terms). Up to 21 university credits are available.
  • Students prepare for degree programs in over 80 majors including bioscience, communications, computer science, engineering, business, and more.
  • Intercultural Community Bridge helps International Gateway students make contact with and experience American university students, campus life, and their community.

ELC Features

  • Leadership Training Opportunities
    • Student Union class representatives
    • Allison Rose Fellowships – scholarships for continuing students
      • Earn a $1,200 tuition discount
      • Improve your English by helping ELC teachers and staff
      • Lead other students at orientation and on activities
  • American Cultural Connections ®
    • Conversation Network
      • Exchange language and conversation with American students
      • Make friends and learn more about the U.S.A.
    • Coffee hours with American students
    • Cultural events and festivals
    • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Visits to Philadelphia-area historic and cultural sites, shopping centers, professional sports venues and more!
  • Visa counseling
  • Academic advising for university study in the U.S.

Housing Choices

Because different students prefer different lifestyles, several types of housing are available.

  • Right at Home Homestay: Students live in an American home where they can practice English and learn about American culture.
  • The Axis: A luxury student residence with a reasonable price, just minutes from campus. Meal plans available.
  • International House: A large dormitory-style residence providing private bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities, near the Drexel campus.

How to Apply

For the Intensive English program:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Complete the online ELC application form
  • Pay the $100 application fee and $60 express mail fee (if applicable)
  • Send other required documents to Drexel ELC by email scan, mail or fax.

For International Gateway follow the separate instructions on the ELC website.

Drexel University

229 N. 33rd. St.
Philadelphia PA 19104
P: 215.895.2022
CEA EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
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