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Drexel University

English Language Center [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]


  • Free one-on-one tutoring and academic advising for all students
  • Conditional admission to Drexel University through the International Gateway program
  • Located in one of America’s first and largest cities – Philadelphia which is halfway between New York City and Washington DC
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The English Language Center (ELC) at Drexel University was established in 1989 to provide students from around the world with outstanding English language instruction for academic, professional or personal success.The ELC encourages intercultural understanding, provides support and guidance for issues outside of the classroom and builds students’ confidence to adapt to university life and American culture.

      The ELC has full accreditation from CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a proud member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs), an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English Programs in the United States, and EnglishUSA (the American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promote professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private University
      Establishment : 1989
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 120-150
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Homestay Only
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Subway, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to the English Language Center at Drexel University!

      We are committed to serving students from around the world and helping them fulfill their dreams of studying in the United States and obtaining a Drexel degree. Our highly qualified team of faculty and staff are here to support you academically, professionally, and personally. Our small classrooms offer individualized attention, opportunity for ample practice, and a cohesive learning environment. In addition, there are many resources that the ELC, Drexel, and Philadelphia can offer you. We invite you to learn more about our programs through our profile on or by contacting us. We look forward to welcoming you to the Drexel ELC family!
      Dr. Rehab (Rubie) Ghazal
      Director, English Language Center
      Drexel University
    • Drexel University
      English Language Center

      229 North 33rd Street
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (215) 895-2022
      FAX: +1 (215) 895-6775
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Several housing options are available to students attending the ELC.

      - Homestays offer the opportunity to practice English and experience American culture. They feature private rooms, self-serve breakfast each day and at least 3 family-style sit-down dinners a week.
      - International House is a large dormitory-style residence with shared and private rooms 15 minutes walking distance from Drexel ELC.
      - University City Axis is a student residence located minutes from the ELC. Rooms are spacious and fully-furnished.
      - Drexel Residence Halls is available to students in the Drexel International Gateway program only. Students live on-campus in university dormitories.

      It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers. Visit the ELC website or contact us for more information.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The Drexel campus is ideally situated in the University City area, a residential and educational community located just minutes by bus or subway from Philadelphia's historic, artistic and cultural Center City district. The first capital of the United States, Philadelphia is now the nation’s 5th largest city and one of its most historical. It is also less expensive to live in than other large U.S. cities, making it especially attractive to students. “Philly,” as the city is affectionately known, offers a wide variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities, as well as tax-free shopping at local stores, malls, and nearby designer outlets. Sports lovers can cheer on Philadelphia's professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams throughout the year. Philadelphia's location offers a temperate climate and four distinct seasons. Spring and fall are especially pleasant due to the warm winds off the Atlantic Ocean. Low-cost bus lines and the Amtrak station close to campus provide easy travel to New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston. The nearby Pocono Mountains and New Jersey beaches are less than a 2-hour drive from the Drexel campus.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1891, Drexel University is one of America’s 15 largest private universities and has been ranked among the nation’s Top 100 best universities for nearly a decade by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is best known for starting one of the nation’s largest and oldest cooperative-education programs. Through the Drexel Co-op program, students gain on-the-job training with employers worldwide while earning their degree.

      Drexel University is comprised of four campuses and is home to 17 schools and colleges including arts and sciences, computing and informatics, media arts and design, engineering, business, and law.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Academically qualified students that do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for admission to Drexel University can receive conditional admission through the Drexel International Gateway program. Students with TOEFL scores 53-78+ or IELTS 5.0-6.0+ are eligible. Conditional admission to partner universities is also available for qualified students who complete the Intensive English program. No TOEFL score is required. For more information, go to or contact us at
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The ELC offers four 11-week sessions of Intensive English classes per year. Half-term (6 week) sessions are also available. Students receive 21 hours of in-class instruction per week and can also attend one-on-one tutoring sessions free of charge. Academic advising for university study in the U.S. is also available to all students. Small, interactive classes are emphasized. The majority of classes have an average of 10 to 12 students; the largest have 15.

      The program offers 6 levels of English classes, from beginning to advanced. Students can successfully complete one level during an 11-week term. The curriculum focuses on preparing students for academic success at Drexel or other universities, developing professional skills for work, and building cultural awareness.

      An orientation program at the start of each session helps new students learn about ELC classes and activities; meet their teachers, classmates and ELC staff; tour the Drexel campus and Philadelphia; and learn about living in the U.S. and staying safe and healthy. During orientation, students take English language placement tests to help determine the levels best suited to their abilities. At the end of each 6 or 11-week term, students who have successfully completed all course requirements are awarded a certificate of completion.

      There are 15 hours of Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing and 3 hours of Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Grammar classes each week. Students also take a 3-hour Special Topic course on specific skills including vocabulary development, oral presentations, and TOEFL or IELTS preparation.

      Students with high intermediate to advanced level English proficiency may select courses from among four tracks of the Intensive English Program: Intensive English, Global Business English (GLOBE), Language of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and Language of Media & Design. These students may also elect to take a TOEFL Test Preparation or an IELTS Test Preparation course.

      Outside the classroom, Drexel ELC offers cultural and language exchange programming 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
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10-12 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6 - 11 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Homestay
      Off Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      6 WEEKS:
      7/23 - 8/279/17 - 10/2210/22 - 12/2
      11 WEEKS:
      9/17 - 12/2

      6 WEEKS:
      1/2 - 2/42/4 - 3/113/25 - 4/294/29 - 6/3
      6/17 - 7/227/22 - 8/26

      11 WEEKS:
      1/2 - 3/113/25 - 6/36/17 - 8/26
    • Costs
      US $100
      TUITION FEE (2020)
      6 WEEKS US $3,024
      11 WEEKS US $5,040
      US $285 (Homestay Only)
      6-11 WEEKS US $868 per month N/A US $600-1,300 per month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Arranged by Student
      University Fees
      US $150 (11 weeks)
      Health Insurance
      US $559 (11 weeks); US $268 (6 weeks)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Insurance costs are approximate.
      *Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers. Information is available on the ELC website.

      **Spaces fill up quickly, so please apply as soon as possible to make sure you have the best chance of attending Drexel ELC during the term you choose.
    • Drexel International Gateway

    • Overview
    • Drexel International Gateway is an undergraduate conditional admission program. Gateway provides qualified students with a foundation year of academic and English language courses in preparation for full-time university study. Students take university courses worth up to 21 credits as well as intensive academic English courses. Students also participate in Intercultural Community Bridge – a program that connects international students and domestic students through conversation and activities within the community. Students that successfully complete the Gateway program receive full admission to Drexel University.

      One-on-one academic advising and tutoring is available for all students. Small, interactive classes are emphasized. Applicants can apply to most of the undergraduate majors available at Drexel University. Available majors include: Business, Finance, Fashion Design, Engineering, Computer Science, and many more.

      Admission to International Gateway is in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) quarter only. Fall application period is January through June. Winter application period is August through October. To be eligible for admission, applicants must:
      1. meet the minimum GPA and admission prerequisites for Drexel University
      2. have TOEFL scores (53-78+) or IELTS scores (5.0-6.0+). Students with other scores (SAT, ACT, PTE, Trinity ISE, etc.) should contact us to determine if their scores are acceptable

      Please check the application deadline and detailed eligibility requirements before submitting your application. If you have questions or want more information, please email

      Note: Enrollment in this program does not constitute admission to any other program at Drexel University.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 8 – 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 1 Level
      COURSE LENGTH: 33-45 Weeks
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma / Certificate and TOEFL 53-78+ or IELTS 5.0-6.0+
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory
      Off Campus Residence
    • Dates
      • Choose 31 - 35 Week Course from Starting Dates
      • 2021/07/15
      • 2021/09/23
      • 2021/11/01
    • Costs
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2020)
      33-45 WEEKS US $27,660 - $34,740
      US $285 (Homestay Only)
      6-11 WEEKS US $868 per month Available US $600-1,300 per month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Arranged by Student
      University Fees
      US $2,615
      Health Insurance
      US $1,294
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Health insurance costs are approximate.
      *Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers. Information is available on the ELC website.

      Note: Enrollment in this program does not constitute admission to any other program at Drexel University.

  • Location
    • United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Location
      Drexel University
      English Language Center

      229 North 33rd Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Philadelphia International Airport:
      Taxis and shuttle vans are available at the airport. A taxi ride takes approximately 20 minutes costs and $30 plus 15% tip. Shuttle vans are less expensive but the trip can take longer. Airport pick-up service is available to homestay students for US$70. The campus is also accessible by both bus and train.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 3.9
      School Environment: 3.9
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.3
      Activities and Social Life: 3.5
      Accommodation: 3.6


    • There are 18 reviews for this school

    • Student
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 26, Male ]
      17 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
      Good Environment for Beginners
      I found Drexel University's English Language Center a particularly good environment for beginning English speakers. I highly recommend this program based on my experience.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 

      [ 台灣, 台灣, Age 20, Female ]

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      [ 佐賀, 日本, Age 25, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      学校では日本人の生徒は他にいなかったので、英語を使わざる得ない環境に居ることができたのは良かったです。ただ、周りは他国からの留学生ばかりで初めは友達を作るのに苦労したり、英語が聞きづらく授業中にコミュニケーションを取るのが難しく感じたこともありました。隣の大学(University of Pennsylvania)のESLには日本人が多く、ホームステイ先では日本人の生徒と住むことが多かったです。フィラデルフィアは住みやすい街でした。(地域によっては治安があまり良くないところもありますが)ニューヨークやワシントンD.C.にも近く、旅行もできたのでよかったと思ってます。

      [ 徳島県, 日本, Age 32, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 山口, 日本, Age 23, Female ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      ELCは1から6にクラスのレベルが分かれています。(レベル6が一番上級クラス)レベルが上がるにつれ宿題が多くなる傾向があるようです。どの授業も先生方がフィードバックを下さり、学びたい意欲を満たしてくれると思います。週末にはだいたい2週間に1度Day Tripがあります。参加は自由で、タームの始めだけでなく随時申し込み出来ます。私が宿泊したWorld Houseは主に東洋人が多く、台湾人・タイ人・日本人・トルコ人でした。

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Oaxaca, Mexico, Age 19, Male ]
      4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      Buena escuela
      Es una buena escuela, pero creo que por ser llamado el curso como intensivo, se deben organizar mas horarios para clases y actividades extras. En el aspecto academico es bueno, los maestros te tratan bien y el ambiente es muy agradable y amigable. Creo que deben de hacer algo para inducir a personas de otros paises a venir, no solo de asia y arabia.

      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 21, Male ]

      [ 인천, 대한민국, Age 27, Male ]

      [ 창원, 한국, Age 28, Male ]

      [ Loja, Ecuador, Age 35, Female ]

      Alejandro Raposo Casado
      [ Madrid, España, Age 23, Male ]

      [ 高雄, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]

      Sherry Tsai
      [ Yunlin, Taiwan ]

      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 23, Female ]

      [ 台北市, 台灣 ]

      Irina Lu
      [ Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C, Age 29, Female ]

      Jitae Chai
      [ Jeonju, Republic of Korea, Age 24, Male ]

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 20, Female ]
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