New Student Information

Your Future, Our Commitment: Begin Your DePaul Story Now

It’s nearly time for your education adventure to begin with the Global Gateway Program – we are looking forward to welcoming you to DePaul University. To help you prepare to study with us, we have put together pre-arrival information for international students like you.

By choosing to start your DePaul story now, you will benefit from:

  • A US education – the number one study destination for international students
  • World-class teaching and student support, which will help you succeed and take control of your future career success
  • Access to Start Smart – our exclusive preparatory course, delivered virtually at no extra cost. 

Study Options

We are looking forward to welcoming you to join us on campus. If our campus is not open, you can still benefit from the flexibility to begin your program virtually from home*. Wherever you are in the world, you will be part of our friendly community. 

Key Dates: Winter 2021

  • Orientation: December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021 (online)
  • Classes start: January 4, 2021
  • Last day to drop classes for full refund: Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Mid-terms: February 1 -7, 2021
  • Last day of classes: March 14, 2021
  • Finals week: March 15-21, 2021
  • End of Winter Quarter: March 21, 2021
  • First day of Spring 2021 Quarter: March 27, 2021

Key Dates: Spring 2021

  • Classes start: March 27, 2021
  • Last day to drop classes for full refund: April 9, 2021
  • Mid-terms: April 26 - 30, 2021
  • Last day of classes: June 4, 2021
  • Finals Week: June 5 - 11, 2021
  • End of Spring Quarter: June 11, 2021

Summer Quarter

  • Orientation: June 14 - 17, 2021
  • Classes start: June 14, 2021
  • Last day to drop classes for full refund: June 25, 2021
  • End of Summer Quarter: August 22, 2021

Key Dates: Fall 2021

  • Classes start: September 8, 2021
  • Last day to drop classes for full refund: September 21, 2021
  • Mid-terms: October 6 - 12, 2021
  • Last day of classes: November 16, 2021
  • End of Fall Quarter: November 23, 2021

*Subject to University policy and ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19

Pre-Arrival Support

As a new student you can feel assured that we will support you every step of the way. Your Student Success Manager will work with you on a one-to-one basis to make sure you are on track with your academic progress and support you with any challenges.

How We Help

We understand there is lots to get used to, from study preparation to settling in and making friends. We can help you with: 

  • Visa queries
  • Getting to know US culture
  • Technology issues
  • Settling in and making friends

You will have fortnightly meetings with your Student Success Manager who can help you with: 

  • Online tutoring
  • Accessing the Writing Center 
  • Library resources
  • Writing your study plan
  • Identifying study skills for development
  • Time management strategies
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