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Drexel English Language Center

Drexel English Language Center


Address: 229 North 33rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Website: www.drexel.edu/elc/

School Details

 Key Fact

“Philly” is …

  • Dynamic: the 5th largest city in the United States
  • Accessible: about 2 hours by car, train, or bus from New York City and Washington, DC
  • Affordable: less expensive to live in than other large U.S. cities
  • Stimulating: home to over 50 colleges and universities and a major center for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries
  • Vibrant: full of music theater, museums, restaurants and clubs, sports teams and recreational facilities
  • Stylish: featuring hundreds of tax-free designer clothing outlets
  • Historic: the first capital of the U.S; home of the Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence

Drexel University is …

  • Located in a safe, residential urban neighborhood
  • 5 – 10 minutes by bus or subway from Center City Philadelphia
  • A private, urban university founded in 1891 with …
  • Over 15,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students
  • Nearly 2,500 international students from over 117 countries
  • Approximately 200 degree programs offered by 15 schools and colleges
  • The Drexel Co-op, a way for students to alternate periods of paid, full-time work experience with their classroom study

Rankings & Accreditation

  • Accreditation: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

Student Population

Total: 200

Entry Requirements

Intensive English or Global Business English program:

  • You must be 18 years old

International Gateway Program:

  • Be academically qualified for admission to Drexel University
  • Have standardized English proficiency test scores in the following range:
    • TOEFL score from 53 to 78
    • IELTS score from 5.0 to 6.0

Drexel Graduate Bridge:

  • Be academically qualified for admission to preferred Drexel graduate program
  • Have standardized English proficiency test scores in the following range:
    • TOEFL score 63 or higher
    • IELTS score from 5.5 to 6.5

Tuition & Fees

Intensive English Program

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,800 - $6,000 for 11-week course
  • Total Cost (on I-20): $10,730 for 11-week course

Drexel International Gateway

  • Tuition: $28,000 - $40,000 for one academic year
  • Total Cost (on I-20): $47,000 - $60,000 for one academic year

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Yes                       


Drexel English Language Center is located on the campus of Drexel University in the vibrant, exciting city of Philadelphia.


Intensive English Program:

  • 6 – and 11 –week courses year round for beginning to advanced level students, including pre-academic coursework and TOEFL or IELTS preparation
  • Six levels, from Beginning to Advanced
  • 21 class hours per week:
    • Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing 5 days a week
    • Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Grammar 2 days a week
    • Special Topic (specific skills or test preparation) 2 days a week
  • Optional free tutoring sessions
  • Certificates awarded for successful completion

Link to the academics webpage: http://www.drexel.edu/elc/elc_programs/intensive_english/

Global Business English Program (GLOBE):

  • Designed to meet the needs of both prospective MBA and pre-MBA students as well as business professionals. This program is for participants with a university degree who place into ELC level 4 Listening/Speaking AND Reading/Writing (or higher)
  • 24 class hours per week:
    • The Language of Business Information
    • Academic Reading/Writing
    • GMAT Preparation
    • Skills for Graduate Schools Success
  • Special Features include: networking receptions, lectures at the College of Business, MBA workshops and MBA class observations

Link to the academics webpage: http://www.drexel.edu/elc/elc_programs/business_english/

International Gateway Program:

  • A conditional admission program that provides qualified undergraduate applicants with a foundation year of quality academic and English language courses
  • Earn up to 21 hours of university credit for core academic courses in mathematics, sciences, and communication
  • English language courses plus IELTS or TOEFL preparation courses
  • Intercultural Community Bridge program helps students connect with Americans and other Drexel University students
  • Preparation for full-time undergraduate degree programs in over 70 majors

Link to the academics webpage: http://www.drexel.edu/elc/gateway

Drexel Graduate Bridge:

  • A conditional admission program that prepares qualified graduate applicants for full time graduate study at Drexel University
  • 21-24 hours of class per week
    • English for Academic Purposes
    • Standardized Test Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT or LSAT)
    • Graduate Foundation Courses
    • Tutoring and Advising
    • Cultural Orientation
  • Preparation for full time graduate degree programs in over 25 majors including Business, Engineering, Communications, Law, Fashion Design, and more

Link to the academics webpage:


The English Language Center provides the highest quality English language instruction and support services to English language learners. We offer an array of programs and services to meet the academic, professional, or personal needs of adult English language learners.  Our programs includes graduate and undergraduate conditional admission; language skills for academic, professional, and personal success; experience with American life and culture; and leadership skills.

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