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WELCOME to 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 health care and pharmaceutical industries
Vibrant: Full of numerous music venues, theaters,  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
 

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DREXEL
UNIVERSITY

DREXEL UNIVERSITY'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER (ELC)

is located in one of the nation’s first and largest cities - Philadelphia! As the birthplace of America, the city offers opportunities to learn, play and engage in American culture. Whether you’re a sports fan, history buff or lover of the arts, there is something for everyone in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is also conveniently located between New York City and Washington, DC, making it a prime and affordable location to study.

ELC FEATURES

•   Year-round intensive English study
•   Conditional admission for undergraduate study at Drexel
•   Standardized test preparation and on-campus
testing
•   Customized programs and courses for groups

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TOUR THE CAMPUS

The Intensive English Program at Drexel ELC prepares students for academic study at an American university. The courses offered are designed to meet the academic, personal and professional needs of students.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

•  Courses year round for beginning to advanced

    level students
•  Academic advising for university study in the U.S.
•  TOEFL and IELTS preparation courses and onsite

    test centers
•  Individualized tutoring sessions
•  Student leadership opportunities    

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CURRICULUM

ADVANCED COURSES

Global Business English-GLOBE

GLOBE is for prospective pre-MBA students as well as business professionals. The course improves a student’s ability to effectively communicate in a business setting.

The Language of STEM

This course is for students pursuing graduate studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The course provides instruction on building academic vocabulary, reading, and oral skills by incorporating authentic materials from a variety of STEM fields.

The Language of Media & Design

This course is for students pursuing graduate studies in the arts and design fields. The course provides a strong foundation in design-related concepts and vocabulary.

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Special Topics:
Classes focus on specific skills including vocabulary
development and oral presentations

 

Grammar

Reading & Writing

Listening & Speaking

LEVELS OFFERED

HOURS PER WEEK

CORE SKILLS

Intermediate to Advanced

Beginner to Advanced

6 hrs/wk

3 hrs/wk

7.5 hrs/wk

IELTS / TOEFL Test Preparation

7.5 hrs/wk

3 hrs/wk

Beginner to Advanced

Beginner to Advanced

Beginner to Advanced

•  Courses year round for beginning to advanced

    level students
•  Academic advising for university study in the U.S.
•  TOEFL and IELTS preparation courses and onsite

    test centers
•  Individualized tutoring sessions
•  Student leadership opportunities    

DREXEL 

INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

Drexel International Gateway is a conditional admission program: Gateway provides qualified students with a foundation year of academic and English language courses in preparation for full-time undergraduate study at Drexel University.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

•  University courses worth

   up to 21 credits
•  Individualized academic

   advising
•  Instruction in genre-

   specific language learning
•  Graduates with very high

   success rates at Drexel

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY BRIDGE

Intercultural Community Bridge is a component of Drexel International Gateway that connects international and domestic students through conversation and interactive activities within the community.

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INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY MAJORS

Accounting
Animation & Visual Effects
Business & Engineering
Civil Engineering
Communication
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Design & Merchandising
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Fashion Design
Finance
General Business
Graphic Design
Hospitality Management
Interior Design
International Business
Marketing
Mechanical Engineering
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Organizational Management
And many more…

ADMISSION CRITERIA

•   Meet the minimum GPA and

    admission prerequisites for Drexel

    University
•   Minimum TOEFL 53+ or IELTS 5.0+ 

These are minimum standards for consideration but do not guarantee admission. Admission will depend on GPA, TOEFL/IELTS scores and other factors.

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Student Perspective

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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY BRIDGE

CAMPUS

& STUDENT SERVICES

DREXEL UNIVERSITY  A Tradition of Excellence
•    With approximately 25,000 students, Drexel University

     is one of America’s 15 largest private universities
•    Drexel consistently ranks among the top 100

     universities in the nation and many of its colleges and

     programs are ranked among the best in their field
•    Drexel’s nationally recognized cooperative education

     program sets students up for success

AMERICAN CULTURAL CONNECTIONS®

Drexel ELC offers cultural and language exchange programing for international students. This includes: 
•  Language exchange with native English speakers

   through the Conversation Network 
•  Trips to Philadelphia-area historic sites and cultural

   events, shopping centers and professional sports

   venues 
•  On-campus events and recreational activities 
•  Volunteer opportunities

Because different students prefer different lifestyles, several types of housing are available. Housing Options include homestay, private dormitories or apartments and limited on-campus housing for Gateway students.

STUDENT SERVICES

Academic Advising

Available for undergraduate and graduate study
 

One-on-One Tutoring

Activites

Available for all international students

A wide range of activities are offered, including trips, cultural events and sporting events and activities

Drexel University is committed to providing students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in programs and services
 

Disability Resources

New students participate in a three-day orientation that includes placement exams, a campus

tour, a city tour and information about living in Philadelphia and studying at Drexel

Orientation Program

The DragonCard gives students access to

all Drexel facilities, including the library, gym and computer labs
 

DragonCard

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STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

“The Gateway program helped me a lot since I could immerse myself at Drexel and adapt to college life.” – Denisse Translateur, Colombia

“Drexel University is a great place to meet many people from different countries in one place. I’ve been playing my favorite sport soccer since I studied at Drexel and I met different people who became my friends.” 
– Waleed Majed Alqahtani, 
Saudi Arabia

“ELC is a great place where you can do a lot of things you might never have thought about. Friends, hobbies and teachers are many things you will meet in the campus. I enjoyed being a part of this institution.” 
– Shin Undo, Japan

Merve Makbul Gul, Turkey

Ignacio Socias de Rio, Chile

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STUDENT SERVICES

Academic Advising

One-on-One Tutoring

Activites

Disability Resources

Orientation Program

DragonCard

HOW TO APPLY

Applying to the Intensive English Program

1.    Complete the online application
2.    Pay the $50 application fee
3.     Send all transcripts by mail  
4.     Send TOEFL or IELTS score report 

Applying to Drexel International Gateway 
Check our
website for complete details.

1.    Complete the  online application
2.    Pay the $100 application fee
3.    Send the following items by email,

       mail or fax:
             a. Proof of financial

                 responsibility
             b. Copy of passport 

Contact Us:

Mailing address: 
229 N. 33rd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104 
U.S.A. 

 

Telephone: 215.895.2022
Fax: 215.895.6775 

 

Intensive English Program Email: 
elc@drexel.edu 

 

International Gateway Email: 
gateway@drexel.edu

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CONNECT WITH US:

CONTACT:

Mailing address: 
229 N. 33rd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104 
U.S.A.

 

Fax: 215.895.6775 
TELEPHONE: 215.895.2022

 

Intensive English Program Email: 
elc@drexel.edu
 

International Gateway Email: 
gateway@drexel.edu