• International Student Requirements

    If English is not your native language or you've attended college outside of the United States, you may be required to submit additional application materials.  

    Transcript Evaluations

    If you've previously attended college outside of the United States, an official course-by-course transcript evaluation may be required. If so, you are responsible for contacting your previous schools and requesting that official transcripts be sent to World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency for evaluation. WES will then complete the evaluation and send it directly to Drexel via mail or AccessWES.

    • We can not accept photocopies or student copies
    • Study abroad experiences are exempt as long as the facilitating U.S. school provides an official transcript of those courses on your behalf. Drexel University reserves the right to request transcripts from study abroad experiences if needed.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    If the TOEFL is required, please request that an official score report be sent to Drexel using our school code—2194.

    Requirements by College

    Each college department sets their own standards for what documents are required, as well as which evaluation agencies and score ranges are acceptable:


    Undergraduate Programs

    RN to BSN

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States or its Territories (Guam, Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands) an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required —  You may obtain a review from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). CGFNS is a company employed by State Boards of Nursing to determine educational comparability of those educated outside of the United States in order to authorize their eligibility to sit for the NCLEX® exam. They need this review for licensure, immigration, and employment purposes. The CGFNS International CES Professional Report provides a detailed analysis of the credentials earned at multiple levels of nursing education received outside the United States according to requirements specific to a state. The Philadelphia office of CGFNS is located at 3600 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The phone number is 215.349.8767. Other transcript review companies that may be used include: World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or International Consultants of Delaware.
    • All other applicants born outside of the US must submit TOEFL scores.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 overall and 550 on the speaking section (paper exam), 79 overall and 26 on the speaking section (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5 overall and 7.5 on the speaking section
    • Test scores may be waived if — You've earned an associates degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited US institution and have a current, unrestricted US RN license; You've graduated from a high school in the US; You've passed the GED exam in the US; You grew up on an English-speaking military base; or You went to nursing school in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (except Quebec), or Ireland (spoken language in nursing school was English and nursing school textbooks were written in English).

    All Other Undergraduate Programs

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • If English is not your native language you must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (Pearsons). These scores are only valid for up to two years from the test date. Drexel's TOEFL school code is 2194.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — You've completed English Composition I and II (III is required if attending a quarter institution), earning a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States; You've studied at, and subsequently graduated from, a high school or university where English is the primary language of instruction for a minimum of three years; or You've received a minimum score of 600 on the SAT Critical Reasoning section or a minimum score of 27 on the ACT English section within the last two years.
    • To request a waiver of the TOEFL exam based on high school or university credentials — You must submit a copy of your official transcript(s) reflecting years of attendance and graduation date.

    Graduate Programs

    Center for Sport Management

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services is accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    College of Computing and Informatics

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Test scores must be less than two years old.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 600 (paper exam), 100 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5 - 7.0
    • Test scores may be waived if — You've completed a bachelor's or graduate degree from a US based institution.

    College of Engineering

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 600 (paper exam), 100 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe. 

    College of Engineering — Cybersecurity and Electrical Engineering

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 560 (paper exam), 92 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    College of Law

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services and Educational Credential Evaluators are accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    College of Media Arts and Design

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    College of Medicine – Biomedicine

    • Includes the following Master's Programs: Drug Discovery and Development and Laboratory Animal Science.
    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, and International Consultants of Delaware are accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 90 (computer exam)
    • Test scores may be waived if — You've earned a bachelor’s or master's degree from a US institution; or You've worked full-time in an English-speaking country for more than two years.

    College of Medicine – Clinical Research

    • Includes the following programs: MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management, MS in Clinical Research for Health Professionals, Certificate of Study in Clinical Research, and Quantitative Principles for Clinical Research Certificate
    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services is accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 90 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IETLS Score 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — You've worked full-time in an English-speaking country for more than two years; OR Your degree is from one of the following countries where English was the language of instruction: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.
    • No international transcripts, transcript evaluations, or TOEFL/IETLS scores are required if you are ECFMG certified and complete all three steps of the USMLE. You are required to submit the USMLE transcript.

    College of Medicine – Medical and Healthcare Simulation

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, and International Consultants of Delaware are accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 90 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IETLS Score — 6.0
    • Test scores may be waived if — You've worked full-time in an English-speaking country for more than two years; OR Your degree is from one of the following countries where English was the language of instruction: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    College of Medicine – Microbiology and Immunology Department

    • Includes the following Master's Programs: Biomedicine and Business, Biomedicine and Digital Media, Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship, Biomedicine and Law, Immunology, Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine.
    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, and International Consultants of Delaware are accepted.
    • ESL test — We ask for 577 in the paper-based test, which compares to a 90-91 in the computer-based test (550 on paper = only 79-80 on computer; see here here. Also, we accept IELTS as an alternative to the TOEFL. We require a minimum score of 7.
    • Test scores may be waived if — We are okay with waiving the ESL scores only if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s or an advanced degree (MS or Doctoral) from a US institution or from institutions in countries in which English is the official language. In all cases, we will request validation of foreign transcripts.
    • Letters of recommendations — Three letters of recommendation are required. If you received your degree within the last five years, it is strongly recommended that at least one letter of recommendation be provided by someone familiar with your academic qualifications and potential (e.g., your undergraduate advisor, a course instructor, or your research mentor). If you are requesting a letter from someone at your place of employment, the recommendation should be provided by a supervisor (or other more senior manager) with direct knowledge of your work and should address your scientific aptitude as well as your work ethic.
    • To request recommendations electronically, please review our letter of recommendations instructions.

    College of Nursing and Health Professions

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, and International Consultants of Delaware are accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    Close School of Entrepreneurship

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    Goodwin College of Professional Studies

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    LeBow College of Business

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 600 (paper exam), 90 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    School of Education

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services is accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    School of Education — EdD

    • Outside transcript evaluation is not required  However, you still need complete, official transcripts and proof of degree conferral for all completed programs, as well as translations of all non-English documents. Many institutions will send transcripts in English only upon request, so please make sure to verify that they will do so. If your institution is unable to send an English translation, you will need to obtain one from World Education Services (WES) or another approved agency.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.

    School of Public Health

    • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States an official course-by-course transcript evaluation is required — World Education Services is accepted.
    • Minimum TOEFL Score — 550 (paper exam), 79 (computer exam)
    • Minimum IELTS Score — 6.5
    • Test scores may be waived if — Your bachelor’s or master’s degree is from a college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland; or Your bachelor’s degree is 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 Islands, or Zimbabwe.