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Friday, March 06, 2015 Apply Now

International Students

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (877) 215-0009 or via e-mail at info@drexel.com. We're always happy to help. 

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To be considered for admission into a Drexel Online program, you must include the following in your application: 

  • List all schools attended. 
  • Undergraduate Programs (Except RN-BSN): WES is not required. All international applicants are required to submit an official academic record (with notarized English translation) from every postsecondary school attended.
  • Graduate Programs and the RN-BSN program: A course-by-course WES evaluation of your official transcripts (mark sheets and degree certificates) in your native language as well as English from all colleges and graduate/professional schools that you attended.
  • Exceptions: Programs in the College of Computing & Informatics, College of Engineering, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Goodwin College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and LeBow College of Business do not require a WES evaluation.
  • Do not send transcripts from secondary schools.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you may send a notarized photocopy, bearing the seal on each page.

Applicants are responsible for contacting World Education Service, Inc. (WES) for evaluation of transcripts and are responsible for supplying all necessary documentation. WES will then send your completed evaluation directly to Drexel University.

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Fax: (212) 739-6120
Website:  www.wes.org   

Express (courier) mail:  
World Education Services
PMB 006

80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Fax: (212) 739-6120
Website:  www.wes.org   


*The College of Nursing and Health Professions accepts transcript evaluations from: 

*The College of Medicine does not require the WES or TOEFL as long as you are ECFMG certified and complete all three steps of the USLME

*The School of Education,and the School of Public Health accept transcript evaluations from:

*The College of Law accepts transcript evaluations from: 


Additional Admissions Requirements - TOEFL

In addition to any general admission requirements for your specific program of choice, you must submit the following:  

  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* 
  • Have an official score report sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Drexel University (This must be done before your file will be evaluated) 
  • Your TOEFL scores must be less than two years old to be considered 

The TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be waived in some cases.  Please find your college or program of interest in the table below to view these exceptions. 

Information regarding the TOEFL can be obtained by contacting: 
Educational Testing Service
Phone: (609) 921-9000 or (609) 771-7100
Website: www.toefl.org   

Drexel University's undergraduate programs also accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam as a replacement for the TOEFL exam.  The minimum score is between 6 - 6.5 to be eligible for admission.  Visit the IELTS website to learn more about this exam: http://www.ielts.org/.  

  School or College 

TOEFL Required?  


Graduate Programs (Certificate, Master’s and Doctorate-level) in the following colleges: 

  • Media Arts and Design 
  • Arts and Science 
  • Engineering 
  • Education 
  • Goodwin 
  • Nursing and Health Professions 
  • Public Health  
  • Law  


Scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam is are required for international applicants and applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree outside of the United States.
The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived:

  • If the applicant has received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.
  • If the applicant received a bachelor’s degree from an institution from one of the following countries where English was the language of instruction (American Samoa, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British West Indies, Brunei Darussalam, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Virgin Island, Zimbabwe).

Scores will be reviewed based on section and total scores. Minimum total scores for admission consideration are listed below. Please note that in order to be competitive for many programs, scores significantly higher than the minimum are necessary.
Minimum TOEFL = 79/550/250
Minimum IELTS = 6.5



International Students must submit a TOEFL score indicating a minimum of 600 (paper exam) or 250 (CBT exam).
Waiver applies to: 

  • Based on country where degree was earned (countries indicated on the exemption list: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British West Indies, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, England, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Virgin Island, Wales, Zimbabwe) 
  • Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution located in the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.  

College of Computing and Informatics   


Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores. The test can be preliminarily waived for applicants who have a completed undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. based institution.

  • Scores older than 2 years will not be accepted and students must obtain a 600 on the written exam or a 100 on the Internet based exam.

College of Medicine  


International Applicants who are not ECFMG certified (as well as Immigrants to the U.S. and U.S. Permanent Residents whose native language is not English, and who have not received a Bachelor's degree or higher in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom) must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 is required for the paper-based TOEFL test and 90 for the internet-based TOEFL Test.
Applicants can be waived from the TOEFL if the following apply:

  • Students who earned a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or have worked full-time in an English-speaking country for more than two years may have this requirement waived.
  • If you are an ECFMG Certified physician, please request an Official USMLE Transcript (Form 172) from ECFMG. You are not required to take the TOEFL.

Undergraduate Nursing Programs  

  • RN-to-BSN 


For the TOEFL, applicants must have a minimum score of 550 AND a minimum score of 550 for the Test of Spoken English (TSE). For the TOEFL-iBT, applicants must have a minimum combined score of 79, plus a minimum score of 26 in the speaking section.
IELTS: 6.5 Overall score with a 7.5 on the speaking section.

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement for the undergraduate nursing programs may be waived if:

  • The applicant has earned an associates degree or diploma in nursing at a U.S. institution and has current, unrestricted U.S. RN licensure, OR,
  • The applicant has graduated from a high school in the United States, OR,
  • The applicant passed the GED exam in the United States, OR,
  • The applicant grew up on a military base that is English speaking. 

All Undergraduate Programs  

  • Except RN-BSN 
  • Including Medical Billing & Coding and Health Service Administration 


Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit official TOEFL or IETLS scores. A TOEFL score of at least 79 on the iBT (550 for paper test) is required.
The TOEFL or IELTS requirement can be waived if the applicant has:

  • Completed English Composition I and English Composition II with grades of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Completed four years of high school and received a high school diploma from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Ireland.

Drexel University School of Law  



TOEFL score indicating minimum of 600 (paper exam) or 250 (CBT exam.)

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