Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study part-time?

No. U.S. Immigration law requires international students on the F-1 or J-1 visa to be enrolled as full-time students. To be considered full-time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits and graduate students for a minimum of 9 credits.

How can I learn more about the academic programs offered at Drew?

Can I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships which are based on previous academic performance. A limited amount of need-based aid is also available to international students.

More information is available for undergraduate students through the Financial Aid Office. Please review the information outlined under Merit Scholarships, Other Merit Scholarships, and Need Based Grants and Financial Aid HERE >

Information on graduate merit scholarships can be found HERE >

Can I receive transfer credit for AP, IB, or college credit?

How do I apply for a student visa?

The first step in the visa process is to complete the I-20 Application Form.

You will find visa application information HERE > and a link to the DS-160 visa application >

Which airport is closest to Drew?

Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest airport to Drew – 18 miles (29km). There are also many international flights to JFK International which is 60 miles (97km) – 2 hours travel with traffic

Do I have to attend international student orientation?

Undergraduate students are required to attend the international student orientation. Students must complete the online registration form: link. Graduate students: Please contact Graduate Admissions for orientation dates for your specific program.

Is there a payment plan option?

Drew participates in a semester installment payment plan (Fall and/or Spring only) through Tuition Management Systems (TMS). For more information and to sign up for monthly payment schedule, click HERE > 

Do I need health insurance?

Yes, all full-time Drew students are required to have health insurance. The University offers both undergraduate and graduate health insurance plans HERE >

Can international students work on campus?

Yes, international students are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week on campus.

When do I pay tuition and fees and do I pay for one semester or the full academic year?

Drew University issues all billing statements electronically and for each semester. No paper statements are mailed. Students will receive an electronic bill for the fall semester in the beginning of July. The bill is emailed to the students official Drew email address. Tuition and Food/Housing are due Aug 5 for the Fall semester and Jan 5 for the Spring semester. Please click here for more information on billing statements >