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International Opportunities

Business and Public Administration graduate courses abroad

Graduate students in the College of Business and Public Administration may wish to explore course offerings that include international travel for on-site study and observation. Contact the Graduate Programs office of the College of Business and Public Administration for current offerings and enrollment information.

Law School – Summer in France

Drake Law School's Summer in France Program gives law students a chance to earn six credits in comparative and international law subjects, taught in English at the University of Nantes. For more information go to:

Pharmacy Rotations Abroad

A limited number of international locations (Australia, Belize, Canada, France, New Zealand, South Africa) may be available for PharmD students who wish to do one of their rotations abroad. Students admitted to the College of Pharmacy may inquire in the Experiential Office about opportunities for a rotation abroad.

Center for Global Citizenship

The Center for Global Citizenship educates students to function effectively in different cultural contexts, and to see their own culture from the perspective of others. The Center also works to ensure that global perspectives and issues are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience of all members of the Drake community by offering:

  • ongoing international events and activities
  • a resource directory for students and faculty
  • faculty development opportunities
  • the Global Ambassador Certificate (undergraduates only)
  • the Concentration in Global and Comparative Public Health (undergraduates)

For more information go to: /international/cgc/

Chinese Cultural Exchange Program

The Chinese Cultural Exchange Program facilitates exchanges of faculty, students, and recent graduates between Drake University and a network of partner educational institutions in China. For more information go to: /international/ccep/

Drake’s Teach in China Program offers recent graduates from any academic background the opportunity to live and work in China for a year. Up to twenty-five graduates will have the opportunity to teach primarily English at the secondary or university level in one of Drake’s partner institutions across China. For more information go to: /international/ccep/teach/

Fulbright Scholarships

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Drake students have a record of success in receiving post-graduation scholarships through the Fulbright US Student Program. For details go to: Interested students may contact the department of Politics and International Relations for advising regarding

Intensive English Program (English as a Second Language)

The IEP is an academic support service designed to help non-native speakers of English enhance their academic success by improving their English language proficiency and increasing their familiarity with US culture. Small classes and individual attention characterize Drake's IEP, where intermediate and advanced level courses are offered year-round. Although courses are designed primarily for international students seeking full enrollment in Drake undergraduate or graduate degree programs, other individuals also enroll to satisfy personal and career-related goals.

To benefit from Drake’s IEP, students should have satisfactorily completed beginning-level English as a Second Language study and have the equivalent of a US secondary school diploma. IEP admission does not guarantee admission to Drake University and may be granted with or without admission to a Drake degree program.

For more information, contact the IEP at 1-515-271-2084 or go to: /international/esl

The International Center

Located in the center of the Drake campus, the International Center is home to:

  • Chinese Cultural Exchange Program
  • Drake Exchange Programs
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Intensive English Program
  • Study Abroad programs

For more information about these or other international opportunities at Drake visit the International Center at 1331 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50311. Phone 1-515-271-2084 (Local, or outside the US); 1-800-44-DRAKE(US toll free); Fax 1-515-271-4588; or go to: /international

International Internships, Service Learning and Career Planning

Students seeking hands-on international experiences may consider opportunities for internships, volunteering, and service learning abroad.

For advice on how to explore international careers, internships and job opportunities, enrolled students may access The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas. For more information about this on-lin resource, go to: /career/student/overseas_employment.php

International Student and Scholar Services

Drake is home to over 300 international students and scholars from more than 60 countries. To facilitate their success, International Student and Scholar Services provides:

  • pre-arrival communications
  • volunteers to greet new students at the airport
  • orientation tailored to the needs of international students
  • advising and workshops regarding immigration regulations and employment issues
  • programs to aid in adjustment to life at Drake
  • activities of the International Students Association and other student organizations
  • monthly electronic newsletters to students
  • economical, mandatory group health insurance
  • a host family program (not live-in) coordinated by community volunteers
  • opportunities for international students to share their cultures with local schools and community groups

For more information go to /international/students-scholars or visit the International Center at 1331 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50311. Phone 1-515-271-2084 (Local, or outside the US) or 1-800-44-DRAKE (US toll free) Fax 1-515-271-4588.

For information about admission to a Drake degree program, contact:

Office of Admission, Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505 Toll-free: 1-800-44-DRAKE, extension 3181 Local/outside the United States: 515-271-3181 Fax: 515-271-2831 E-mail: For more information go to: /advantage

International Student Organizations

Drake students may participate in a wide variety of organizations and activities related to their interests. For information on the International Student Association and other multicultural interest groups at Drake, go to: /life/studentlife/orgs/ For Law School students go to: .

Model United Nations / Model European Union

Each year Drake students participate in regional and international Model United Nations and Model European Union simulations. Participants may be able to seek financial assistance through the Center for Global Citizenship. The Drake Model European Union team won a “best delegation” award at a recent EU simulation.

Partner Universities / Exchanges

The has partner universities in Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa and Spain. For information on Drake’s partner universities in China, go to: /international/ccep/ccep_host_institutions.php

For other partner universities, go to: /international/exchanges/index.php

Students who are interested in an exchange should visit the International Center at 1331 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50311 for more information.

Phone 1-515-271-2084 (local); 1-800-44-DRAKE (US toll free); Fax 1-515-271-4588

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