International Students

Since Drew Theological School’s founding in 1867, international students have been an important part of our history and have gone on to serve congregations and faculties on every continent.Today, Drew Theological School continues to welcome students from around the globe. We value the diverse perspectives and experiences that international students bring to campus and believe that these contribute greatly to the richness of learning for our entire academic community.

Applying to Drew

In addition to academic requirements for admissions, international students must meet certain language and immigration requirements in order to enroll. Find out about language, documentation and application requirements.

International Student and Scholars Services

Drew provides support for the educational and personal development of a diverse international student community. This includes expertise on immigration regulations and assisting the international community with visa compliance issues. Learn more

Employment and Practical Training

International students may work up to 20 hours per week during each term of the academic year and up to 40 hours per week when academic terms are not in session. Learn more

English for Speakers of Other Languages

“I worried ​about adjust​ing​ to English and the American learning style, but the summer orientation for international students was wonderful. I felt so much better about my English skills and learned how to participate in class, have class discussions, and write a paper. Plus, I was building friendships before the semester even started.”
- Boram Lim, Student, Master of Divinity

Drew offers credit-bearing courses and non-credit-bearing English language instruction to all students whose first language is not English.

We assume that all matriculated students have sufficiently developed English language skills to meet the level of proficiency required for admission. The primary objective of our ESOL program is to provide students with supplementary language instruction that will promote active and productive engagement in the academic experience at Drew as well as in professional tasks.

New Students

Spend three weeks on and off campus with fellow international students before you even begin your first semester. You’ll get plenty of practice listening to, speaking and writing English, and you will experience American culture first-hand – from New York City to a Baptist service.

PSTH 681 - Language and Learning in Theological Education (4)

This course is an intensive English language course designed to develop advanced English language skills for successful academic achievement in theological education, familiarity with American academic culture, the diversity of worship experiences in American Christianity, and select cultural opportunities in the metro New York Area. Intended specifically for non-native English-speaking students who have not completed a degree in an American college or university, the course focuses on the development of critical thinking in relation to all aspects of English language expression and experience.

Show the August 2014 Program Schedule

Communication Skills for Liturgical Settings

These individualized and group classes for Master’s level divinity students provide lots of practice and feedback in public speaking and leading meetings within the context of worship and congregational life.

PSTH 549A - Communication Skills for Liturgical Settings: Reading of the Word (1)

Focus of instruction is on clarity of expression and effective delivery of the Scriptural text. Emphasis placed on the mastery of English pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm. Students meet with instructor, individually, for a 50-minute class period, once per week. Student readings are videotaped for purposes of analysis and assessment.

Signature of instructor required for registration.

PSTH 549B - Communication Skills for Liturgical Settings: Presentation of the Liturgical Text (1)

Through the creation of their own liturgical text in the form of homilies, meditations, or sermons, students develop skills and strategies for effective oral presentation. Student presentations are videotaped for purposes of analysis and assessment. Students meet with instructor, individually, for a 50-minute class period, once per week.

Signature of instructor required for registration.

PSTH 549C - Communication Skills for Liturgical Settings: Advanced Presentation of the Liturgical Text (1)

Through the creation of various forms of liturgical texts to be used for a variety of liturgical tasks, students develop skills and strategies for effective oral presentation with minimal reliance on the written text. Students have the opportunity to lead group prayer, in English, without reliance on a text. Students meet with instructor, individually, for a 60-minute class period, once per week.

Signature of instructor required for registration.

PSTH 549D - Communication Skills for Liturgical Settings: Leadership Dynamics (1)

The focus of this class is the development of skills and strategies that enable students to effectively deliver power point presentations as well as facilitate panel presentations, group meetings, and question and answer sessions that demand discussion and debate. Students will be expected to lead simulated group sessions as well as participate in the sessions. Follow-up analysis of each group session occurs collaboratively for assessment of the presentation.

Signature of the instructor is required for registration.

Conversation Partners

We match native English-speaking students with non-native English-speaking students who need to polish their English conversation skills.

Spouses of Theological School Students

Spouses of theological students may take English language instruction on, free of charge, during the academic year. English classes are generally held twice each week for a two-hour period. Spouses wishing additional English language practice may also participate in the Conversation Partners Program.

Graduate Division of Religion

This program is designed to assist non-native English-speaking students matriculated in the Ph.D. program with English language related tasks at various levels of their doctoral program.

Services are available by appointment:

  • Research paper review
  • Comprehensive take-home exam review with permission of instructor
  • Prospectus preparation and review
  • Dissertation chapter review and editing
  • Professional lecture review
  • Oral practice for classroom presentations and public lectures.

In addition, Ph.D. students may request a Conversation Partner to improve proficiency in speaking informal English.

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