USciences Graduate Education Pens Agreement Expanding Access for International Students

By Jenna Pizzi

Drexel Agreement signing

Usciences Provost Dr. Peter Miller, left, and Tobie Hoffman, director of Drexel's English Language Center, right.

USciences is expanding its conditional acceptance process to international students. Thanks to a new agreement with the Drexel University English Language Center, international students will have another pathway to establish their English language proficiency.

The agreement will allow USciences to offer conditional acceptances for international students throughout the world prior to providing proof of English language proficiency. If applicants are academically qualified and accepted into a graduate program, they have up to one year to satisfy the English language component either by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams, or through an approved English language program, like Drexel’s English Language Center.

“USciences’ graduate programs value the contribution that our international students make to the classroom and community. They bring a diversity of perspectives that add to the excellence in education and research that enhance the graduate experience for all of our students,” said Cassandra Jefferson, director of graduate education. “We chose to expand our conditional acceptance process to students traveling from all over the world to cultivate that diversity in perspective further.” 

Previously, the university only partnered with ELS Language Centers, but after multiple requests from students asking about various other English language programs, the University was able to reach agreements with additional programs, allowing for more flexibility for new international students.

“Partnering with Drexel’s English Language Center and other programs will allow us to provide flexibility to students looking for an English language program that will not only allow them to complete their English language proficiency but find a program that is the best fit for them,” Jefferson said.

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