MESC: Information for Prospective Visiting Students

Image courtesy of Drexel University

Image courtesy of Drexel University

MESC students complete their fourth and final semester (the second of year two) at either Drexel University or Xiamen University. This consists of six months of research training prior to the students’ return to Amiens for the master thesis oral defense and poster presentation.

Current and past MESC students have worked in the labs of Yury Gogotsi (Materials Science & Engineering); Michel Barsoum (Materials Science & Engineering); Caglan Kumbur (Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics); Vibha Kalra (Chemical & Biological Engineering); and Jason Baxter (Chemical & Biological Engineering).

Living in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the United States, with a population of about 1.5 million. Drexel University is located in the University City district of Philadelphia along with its neighbor institution, the University of Pennsylvania.

Drexel does not offer dormitory residency to MESC students. Students should plan to find their own accommodations. Many rental apartments and houses (for shared residence with other students) are available within walking distance of Drexel on a sublet/temporary basis; you may wish to consider staying in a hotel or hostel for your first few days in Philadelphia so that you can visit potential apartments or houses before signing a lease. To get an idea of current housing costs in the University City area, you can search on Craigslist.

Short-term, furnished apartments for single students or groups in a high-rise setting are available at the International House complex, which is within easy walking distance of Drexel — click here for rates. You may also be able to arrange for a short-term lease at the Axis Apartments or at University Crossings, which are within a five-minute walk of campus. Be sure to contact them as early as possible, as units fill up quickly during the academic year.

Click here for current exchange rates (Euros to U.S. Dollars).

MESC students may also wish to take a look at tips for visitors to Philadelphia from the students in the Nanomaterials Group.