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Drexel University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Drexel University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Drexel University!


Drexel University is a private research institution ranked among the top 100 universities in the United States. Located in the University City section of Philadelphia, Drexel’s campus is part of a thriving student and scholar community. Exchange students have access to wide variety of course options in a number of well-regarded academic programs, while co-curricular activities seek to provide further educational, social, and cultural opportunities.


Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States and its sixth most populous city. Situated halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is centrally located while possessing a distinctive character of its own. Rich in both history and innovation, Philadelphia is the only world heritage city in the United States and Pennsylvania’s economic centre. Navigable by bus, subway, bicycle, or foot, Philadelphia offers endless opportunities to explore inspiring museums, exciting sports, live arts, and world-class culture.

Find out more about Drexel University’s Campus.

Level of competitiveness

Less competitive *

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

  • Semester 1: August to December
  • Semester 2: January to May


  • Undergraduate students must take 12-20 course credits per quarter
  • Undergraduate students are required to take at least 50% of their courses each term from within their assigned Drexel
  • Each student is assigned a Drexel academic advisor who registers students for classes
  • Class selection is subject to course availability and fulfilment of pre-requisites


Students will need to take 4 modules per semester (3 semesters in an academic year) totalling 12-15 credits per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


On-campus housing is available to exchange students, though not guaranteed. Suite style and double-occupancy rooms are available.

Information on housing can be found on Drexel University's Housing page.

Off-campus housing is also available. Students must arrange off-campus accommodations independently.

Our Drexel Dragons Abroad Facebook page is a great resource for finding sublets. We encourage students to avoid signing leases for a period longer than their intended stay at Drexel.

Find out more about Off-Campus options.

Cost of Living

  • Housing $2,000-$4,000/quarter
  • Meals $1,000-$1,895/quarter
  • Books $500/quarter
  • Health Insurance $600-$900/quarter
  • Personal Expenses varies

Support Services

For more information on accessibility, please visit Drexel University's Disability Resource Center webpage. 

Campus Life

Drexel offers a variety of activities, clubs, athletics, and arts and culture programming for student engagement. There are over 300 recognized student organizations and a variety of intramural and recreational sports.

Browse a list of academic, cultural, sport and other student groups at Campus Life. This is a great way to meet Drexel students and experience American campus life.

Also, browse opportunities to help the local community with various activities and involvement. Volunteering is a very common activity for US college students. 

Drexel also has a 240,000 square foot recreation centre with a fully equipped gym and a 25-yard pool that is free for all exchange students.

Social Media

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Additional Resources

Drexel University Exchange Partner Fact Sheet 2021-22 [PDF 7,418KB]