International Students

International Students

No matter where you come from (and Bulldogs come from all corners of the world!), you’ll find opportunities, and a home, at Drake.

A truly international university, Drake embraces diversity, intercultural thinking, and expanded opportunities for all students. Each year, approximately 300 international students from more than 40 countries study at Drake University and become permanent members of the Bulldog family.

Do you want to travel halfway around the world just to sit in a lecture hall? We didn’t think so. At Drake, you’ll receive an outstanding, international education in the classroom, but you’ll also put your knowledge to work assisting clients, conducting research, serving patients, and making a difference in the real world in whatever field you choose

These life-defining opportunities are part of the commitment that Drake makes to ensure your success as a student and beyond.

Want to join others sharing your international experience? Get together with other students from your home country to stay connected and share your experiences, or learn about other cultures in one of Drake’s numerous international student organizations.

The Drake community is eager to support you before you arrive and during your time here on campus. Our Information for International Students page provides everything you need to begin your journey, including pre-arrival information, arrival and orientation services, immigration advice, financial planning, special programs specifically for international students and more.

Curious? Connect with an international counselor today or contact the Office of Admission toll-free, 1-800-44-DRAKE, x3181. If calling from outside the United States, dial 1-515-271-3181.  You may also email us at