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International Students

Today, the pace of change can be felt across every company, community and continent, heard in a resounding call for leaders to be — and do — more than ever before. Drexel LeBow welcomes students and scholars from more than 120 countries, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to contribute to our community — whether that’s around the corner or around the world.

International students at Drexel LeBow have access to numerous resources, opportunities and real-world experiences.

STEM-designated Programs and OPT

With several STEM-designated programs available, F-1 students can build technical and mathematical skills to apply in real-world settings.

Student Support

Drexel’s International Students and Scholars Services Office, is here to help on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns.

World-Renowned Research Faculty

Designated an R1 research institution, Drexel LeBow faculty are at the forefront of their respective fields in researching and solving complex business issues.

Student Organizations

With countless student organizations, it’s easy to find one that unites students through a shared cultural background, educational focus, athletic endeavor and more.

Graduate STEM Degrees

LeBow’s STEM-designated master’s degrees, designated by the Department of Homeland Security, offer a comprehensive business education through a blend of interdisciplinary technical, quantitative and professional skills with the added benefit of participating in unique experiential learning opportunities.

Students will need to obtain an F1 student visa or a J1 student exchange visa.

Learn more about graduate STEM degrees
Learn more about F1 and J1 visas

Admissions Information


International graduate students who will continue to reside in their home country may enroll in any online program. International graduate students who plan on studying in the United States must be enrolled in a program with on-campus instruction to be eligible for a visa.

View application deadlines and requirements


International students must list all colleges, universities and graduate and professional schools attended. Along with your application, students must enclose official transcripts (mark-sheets and degree certificates) in their native language and in English from all colleges and graduate or professional schools attended. Do not send transcripts from secondary schools. If your school issues one transcript for life, send a notarized photocopy of it, bearing the seal on each page.

English Proficiency

Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to provide proof of English proficiency as part of their application. We offer a variety of options for candidates to meet this requirement.


Drexel LeBow is also accepting the Duolingo English Test to meet the English Proficiency Requirement for graduate programs. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand and in under an hour for a small fee. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview and writing sample which are shared with our admissions team when you send your results to the LeBow College of Business. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test. Drexel LeBow looks for a minimum score of 115 for the best chance of admission to our graduate programs.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL)

If your native language is not English and you do not hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution, there are several ways that you can display English proficiency, including through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL) exam.

Some international students may be required to take and submit ToEFL scores for admissions consideration. The official score report needs to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Drexel before an admissions decision can be made.

ToEFL scores must be less than two years old to be considered. Information regarding the ToEFL and GMAT can be obtained by writing to the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541; calling 609.921.9000; or visiting

ToEFL Code LeBow’s ToEFL Code is 2194.


Alternatively, an overall minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in Speaking and Listening) is accepted. 

The British Council is also offering the  IELTS Indicator exam, which can be completed on your personal computer in lieu of the IELTS exam. Score requirements will remain the same. 

Waiver Request

If you earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized English-speaking country or have worked full time in the U.S. for five or more years, consult with your admissions advisor to see if your English proficiency requirement may be waived. Additional English proficiency waiver eligibility options are listed on the application.

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Thank you for your interest in Drexel LeBow Graduate programs. For more information or questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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