Drew University welcomes students and scholars from around the globe to join our diverse community.   International students from over 40 countries enrich the academic and social life at Drew in all three of its schools: the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Whether in the first stages of post-secondary education, master’s-level professional and academic preparation, or advanced doctoral study, Drew University presents an array of opportunities for students from abroad as they consider higher education in the United States.

Information regarding Drew University’s cost of attendance, annual fees, and student aid is available on the Financial Aid webpage. Students must consider the added cost of room and board during official University holidays such as Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks and over the summer period when budgeting for their studies in the United States.  Detailed information regarding on-campus housing at Drew is available from the Housing Office.

The resources summarized below offer basic information for international students considering application for admission to Drew’s various degree programs, and list requirements for study in the United States on a student visa.

For detailed inquiries, contact our office at 1+973-408-3182, or larthur@drew.edu.


Requirements to Apply

Requirements to Apply

Each degree program at Drew university maintains specific and unique requirements for international applicants, in addition to the materials required of all applicants. Please consult the admissions office corresponding to your desired degree program for detailed information on application requirements:

College of Liberal Arts (B.A.)
Admission requirements for international students
Phone: 973-408-3739
Email: cadm@drew.edu

Continuing Education (Non-Degree Summer Programs)
Admission requirements for international students
Phone: 973-408-3004
Email: owl@drew.edu

Theological School (M.Div., M.A., M.A.Min., S.T.M., D.Min.)
Admission requirements for international students
Phone: 973-408-3111
Email: theoadm@drew.edu

Graduate Division of Religion (Ph.D. in religious and theological studies)
Admission requirements for international students (note special exceptions and requirements for Ph.D. applicants)
Phone: 973-408-3311
Email: gdradm@drew.edu

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (M.A./Ph.D., M.A.T., M.F.A., M.Litt/D.Litt., M.M.H./D.M.H., D.OEL.)
Admission information for international applicants to these programs is not available online.
Phone: 973-408-3110
Email: gradadm@drew.edu


Admitted Students

Checklist for Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Drew University. We look forward to welcoming you to both the United States and our beautiful campus in Madison, New Jersey. Be sure to review the following information before your arrival on campus.

  1. Make sure your travel documents are in order. Do not finalize your arrangements until you have your passport, Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), SEVIS I-901 fee receipt and visa stamp. You may enter the United States only if your Certificate of Eligibility is endorsed to the college in which you intend to enroll.
  2. Take care of your financial obligations and arrange for proper monetary transfer. Carefully review requirements for obtaining foreign exchange. Make sure you have adequate funds.
  3. Plan to arrive on campus on the date designated on your Form I-20. If you are an undergraduate and wish to live on campus, apply for residence hall accommodations promptly. Graduate and Theological students planning to live on campus should also apply for housing well in advance of their first semester.
  4. Undergraduates should be prepared to discuss your academic plans and interests with your department or program. Prepare by following all pre-registration instructions on the Admitted Student Website. Graduate and Theological students will have the opportunity to discuss these items with their advisors during New Student Orientation.
  5. If you do not plan to enroll at Drew University in the semester for which you have been admitted, return the Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of International Student Services and notify the appropriate admissions office of your decision.

We wish you a warm welcome to Drew University. If you arrive on campus after working hours (after 5 p.m.) or on a Saturday or Sunday and need assistance, please call Public Safety at 1-973-408-3379. For emergency assistance, please call 911.

—The Office of International Student & Scholar Services of Drew University

Obtaining a Visa

How to Obtain a Student Visa

All nonimmigrant visitors are required to have a valid visa in their passports to be allowed entry into the U.S. You may need to make an appointment for a visa interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad to get your visa. Visas cannot be obtained within the U.S. For general information, please consult the U.S. Department of State overview of student visa applications.

Drew University will issue an I-20 form (F-1) or the DS-2019 (J-1) for student visa applications for newly admitted students who have met all documentation requirements for their degree program (generally, verification of financial support and submission of any enrollment deposit).

Your Passport

You must have a passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date for at least six months after your proposed date of entry into the United States.

When to Apply for a Visa

If you are currently abroad and do not yet have a valid U.S. student visa, you generally apply for one at the U.S. embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it is generally more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the date you would like to depart for Drew University.  Most U.S. consulates allow students and scholars to apply up to 120 days prior to your program start date.

Remember that you are required to show proof of having paid the Federal SEVIS I-901 fee when you appear for your visa interview. Holiday and vacation periods are very busy times at the U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, and it is important for you to have your visa in time to arrive and begin orientation and registration activities no later than the start date on your I-20.

Appointments are now mandatory for all student visas, and some U.S. embassies and consulates require that appointments be made at least 4 to 8 weeks in advance. All U.S. embassies and consulates have a Web site where you can read the latest information on visa procedures. Locate the embassy or consulate near you.  In some cases you may be asked to complete an online visa application (form DS-160) prior to visiting the embassy.

For information on waiting times for student visa appointments, review this guide, provided by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

What to Bring With You to the Visa Interview

Be sure to bring the following with you to the visa appointment:

  • Passport
  • Required photo(s)
  • Visa fee or proof of visa fee payment
  • Federal SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt
  • U.S. non-immigrant visa application forms  (unless you will complete them at the consulate or embassy)
  • Drew University admission letter
  • Drew University Form I-20 or DS-2019 (J-1 visa applicants)
  • Drew University scholarship letter (if received)
  • Test scores and academic records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of financial support
  • Evidence of ties to your home country
  • Any other documents required by the embassy or consulate


If you plan to attend Drew, you must present the visa officer with an I-20 issued by Drew University. You cannot apply for a U.S. visa using another school’s I-20 and then try to attend Drew, as that is considered to be a fraudulent entry by the U.S. Immigration authorities.

Special Note for Citizens of Canada

Citizens of Canada are not required to obtain a U.S. visa to enter the United States. However, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will inspect your papers, either at a pre-inspection site in Canada or upon entry to the United States. You must have with you:

  • Your Canadian passport
  • Your admission letter to Drew
  • Proof of Federal SEVIS I-901 fee payment
  • Your Drew Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)
  • Proof of financial support that corresponds to the information on your I-20

It is essential that you enter the United States in the appropriate status – be sure to have complete documentation with you.

Transfer Student

If you are currently in the U.S. on a student visa and you want to begin studying at another college or university, you must transfer your immigration record to the new school (unless it is for summer only study).  This is a requirement for students who have completed a degree or are transferring in the middle of an academic program.  If you recently graduated from Drew, the release of your SEVIS record (to your new school) must be completed within a 60 day period.

If you are transferring to Drew University and have been admitted, please complete the Transfer Form with the help of your international student advisor.  In consultation with your advisor, you can decide on a “release date” of your SEVIS record so that Drew University can prepare your new immigration document.  If you are transferring from Drew to a new institution, please make an appointment with International Student & Scholar Services to discuss the transfer process.