Programs at Drexel University English Language Center, Philadelphia


Drexel University English Language Center

Welcome to Drexel ELC!

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.

Drexel ELC offers courses in academic English, Business English, TOEFL / IELTS Test Preparation, and an undergraduate conditional admission program. Courses are offered year-round for beginner to advanced level students.

Fast Facts

  • Type of School: University / Intensive English Program
  • Affiliation: Private
  • Location: City / Urban
  • Enrollment: 100-150 students
  • Average Class Size: 10-12 students
  • Cost of Attendance: US$5,000 - US$10,000 per quarter
  • Conditional Admission: Available
  • Scholarships: Available for continuing students

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Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program prepares students for academic study at an American university. The courses offered are designed to meet the academic, personal, and professional needs of students.

  • 11-week terms
  • 6-week half terms at the beginning of each full term
  • 6 levels, from Beginner to Advanced
  • 21 class hours per week
  • 5 tracks of study:
    • Intensive English
    • Global Business English (GLOBE)
    • Language of Media and Design
    • Language of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
    • TOEFL or IELTS Test Preparation
  • Free tutoring sessions
  • Academic advising for university study

Drexel International Gateway

Academically qualified students that do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for undergraduate admission to Drexel University can receive conditional admission through Drexel International Gateway. Students improve their academic English skills while earning university credits!

  • Applicants must meet Drexel University academic requirements
  • Secondary school graduates with TOEFL scores from 53 to 73, or IELTS from 5.0 to 5.5 can apply for admission
  • 9-12 months of academic English plus university courses
  • Free tutoring sessions
  • Individualized academic advising

Bridge Programs

Students that do not have the required TOEFL or IELTS score can receive conditional admission to a partner college / university through the Bridge Program. Conditional admission is available for undergraduate and graduate study. Students that complete the requirements of their conditional admission at Drexel ELC can begin full-time university study without having to take the TOEFL or IELTS test.

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Drexel University English Language Center

Housing / Accommodations

Because different students prefer different lifestyles, several types of housing are available.

  • Homestay: Students live in an American home where they can practice English and learn about American culture
  • Off-campus student apartments near Drexel University
  • International House: A large dormitory-style residence providing private bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities, near the Drexel campus

Drexel University English Language Center in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The English Language Center at Drexel University is located in one of the nation's first and largest cities -- Philadelphia! As the birthplace of America, the city offers opportunities to learn, play, and engage in American culture. Whether you're a sports fan, history buff, lover of the arts, or want to shop 'til you drop, there is something for everyone in Philadelphia. Because Drexel ELC is in a residential urban neighborhood minutes away from downtown's Center City District, you can easily explore the best the city has to offer. Philadelphia is also conveniently located between New York City and Washington, DC -- making it a prime and affordable location to study.

Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Drexel University

Drexel University is one of America's 15 largest private universities, and has been ranked among the nation's Top 100 best universities for the past five years. 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. Visit for more information.

Drexel ELC Accreditation and Affiliations

The ELC has full accreditation from CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). The ELC 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.

CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
EnglishUSA: American Association of Intensive English Programs UCIEP, University and College Intensive English Programs

We look forward to welcoming you to the English Language Center at Drexel University! To learn more, review our programs and select the ones that interest you or apply now.

Contact Drexel

Drexel University
English Language Center
229 North 33rd Street
Pennsylvania 19104

ph 215-895-2022
fx 215-895-6775
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