International Students & Scholars

More than 300 international students from over 50 countries study at Drake University. As an international student or visiting scholar, you are a valued member of our campus community—you are a Bulldog! Staff in Drake International will work to support you before you arrive and during your time here on campus. Drake International provides pre-arrival information, arrival and orientation services, immigration advice, and special programs specifically for international students. Volunteers in the Des Moines community also offer an American Family Friendship Program, which provides connections in the community so international students can explore the community and become accustomed to American culture.

Learn More:

  • If you are an international student interested in applying to Drake, we invite you to learn more about the application process on our Admission site.
  • Already admitted to Drake? Click here for information to prepare for your arrival.
  • For students coming to Drake as part of an exchange program, you’ll find more information here
  • Are you visiting Drake as a scholar? We’re excited to have you join us on campus—here’s some helpful information to make the most of your time here. 

Gretchen Beckley, Director
Phone: (+1) 515-271-2084
E-mail: gretchen.beckley@drake.edu

Davee Matlock, Foreign Student Advisor
Phone: (+1) 515-271-2084
E-mail: davee.matlock@drake.edu

Carlyn Marron, International Programs Advisor
Phone: (+1) 515-271-2084
E-mail: carlyn.marron@drake.edu


The International Center is located in The Point at 1331 27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311.
Directions on campus: Go to the east end of the painted street in the middle of campus (walking toward Old Main).  Turn left onto 27th Street (walk north).  The International Center is located about half-way down the street on the right-hand side in a gray, wood building (we are located in the same building as Human Resources, but on the south side).  You may call 271-2084 if you have problems locating the International Center and we will help direct you. 

Phone: Toll-free (in the US): 1-800-44DRAKE, or (+1) 515-271-2084
Fax: (+1) 515-271-4588

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 12 Noon
                           1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


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