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Foreign Educational Standards FAQ



Does Drake accept international students into the PharmD program? Is there a quota?

Drake does consider international students for admission into the PharmD program, and there is no quota for the number of international students that may be admitted to the program.

I have foreign credentials. What information do I need to know?

Drake University welcomes both U.S. and international students with foreign educational credentials to apply for admission into the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Drake has no quota for the number of international students that may be considered for admission. 

Students who are applying directly from high (secondary) school may be admitted to pre-pharmacy.  Students who wish to transfer to Drake may transfer into pre-pharmacy if space is available.  U.S. and international students who are applying to Drake directly from high school or as transfer students should follow the guidelines for admission outlined on our Pre-Pharmacy Admissions website. Students must take either the SAT or the ACT to be considered for admission to pre-pharmacy.  

Students who have post secondary educational credentials, especially degrees in pharmacy, from foreign universities may find it difficult to determine whether they are eligible to apply for the professional program.  In general, students who have never studied in the U.S. do not have enough general education courses completed to apply for the PharmD program because many foreign degree programs are more focused on the major field of study.  General education courses would include equivalent courses in communications (specifically composition and speech), the humanities and social sciences.  All students, whether they have degrees or not, must complete or have plans to complete the prerequisite courses outlined on the PharmD Admissions website prior to enrolling in the PharmD program.  Students must complete these courses in order to graduate from Drake with a PharmD degree.  No exceptions will be made.  With very few exceptions, English composition courses taken overseas cannot be accepted for credit. 

Due to U.S. licensing requirements, students who have earned degrees in a pharmacy field or enrolled in pharmacy courses at a foreign institution may not transfer pharmacy courses into Drake's PharmD program.  Drake's PharmD program takes a full four years to complete.  We do not offer accelerated programs and students may only be admitted to the P1 class in the fall semester each year.  

Students with postsecondary foreign educational credentials should begin to complete the PharmCAS application well ahead of the application deadline.  Students should submit foreign transcripts and academic credentials to a PharmCAS approved evaluation agency.  It is extremely important to start this process early because in some cases, it can take quite a while to have foreign records sent directly from the school.  Once the applicant's academic credentials are evaluated, the evaluation agency will send the evaluation directly to PharmCAS, who will verify the records and evaluation.  PharmCAS must recieve the foreign evaluation prior to the application deadline in order for the application to be considered complete.  

Please do not send international transcripts directly to Drake unless specifically requested.  Only students who are admitted to the PharmD program will be required to submit orignial transcripts directly to Drake. 

What are your requirements and tuition costs for international students?

International applicants are evaluated on the same requirements and standards as domestic students.  For a list of requirements, please visit our PharmD Admissions website.  

For a list of our tuition and fees for the 2018/2019 academic year, please visit our Tuition and Fees website.