When we recognize our interconnectedness and the fundamental dignity and equality of every human being, we help to build a world that is more accepting, secure and free.”—Barack Obama


The International Student community is designed to be a space for people who identify with or have an affinity to the international student body at Drew. Drew is ranked top 10 nationally in enrolling international students and currently hosts about 400 students from all over the world on campus, which brings both an opportunity and a responsibility to the Drew community. We have the opportunity to meet with and learn about the cultures and perspectives of our international classmates. And we have the responsibility to create a safe and welcoming environment for these international students.

Thus, this community’s purpose is twofold: First, to offer resources, programs, and support that cater to international students’ specific needs to help them succeed at Drew. Second, to bring together faculty, staff, domestic students, and the greater Drew community around how to best host international students and to enjoy the benefit of a highly diverse and internationalized campus.

If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources that may support Drew as a leader in college campus internationalization.

Student Spotlight: Mariam Gelbakhiani C’21

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Mariam Gelbakhiani C’21
Major: Business
Minor: Media & Communications
Launch Career Community: Arts & Communications & Languages and
Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship
 Launch Identity/Affinity Community: International Student
Clubs: Drew University Program Board, Feminist Intersection, Art History Club, International Students Association, and …

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Student Spotlight: Jose Fabrizzio Cevallos C’22

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Jose Fabrizzio Cevallos C’22
Major: Biology
Launch Career Community: Medicine & Health Profession
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: First-Generation, International Student, Commuter |Transfer |Non-Traditional
Club: Ariel

What attracted you to Drew?

I was attracted to the forest environment because I grew up …

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Alumni Spotlight: Fabiana Rocha C’20

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Fabiana was born and raised in Brazil and transferred to Drew mainly because of Sunita Bhargava, Director of Transfer & Continuing Education. As a non-traditional and commuting student she was concerned that college would not be a welcoming place, but …

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Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Bishop C’14, School Planning Specialist at Richmond Public Schools in Virginia

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Andrew W. Bishop is originally from Absecon, NJ, and currently lives in Richmond, VA. He graduated from Drew University in 2014 with a B.A. in political science and Chinese. Andrew taught in rural communities within the Teach For All network …

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Alumni Spotlight: Marianna Goncalves Severgnini C’18

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THE VALUE OF DREW

Marianna has spent most of her life as an international student/employee. She was born and raised in Brazil, lived in China for 7 years, moved to Denmark, then back to Brazil where she taught English.  When …

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