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Drexel in London: Sport Management Study Tour
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
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Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
Program Advisor:
Marcia Henisz
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The Program

The Drexel in London Sport Management Study Tour is a nine day intensive program that is a required Arsenal Soccer omponent for students enrolled in SMT 390/690: British Sport & Culture. This academic program provides fantastic opportunities for students to visit and study the European model of sport. The origins of many of the world's most popular sports today lay in the codification of traditional British games including cricket, rugby, football (soccer), tennis and badminton. This program will take students inside the European model of club sports where they will receive firsthand experience at various facilities, clubs, universities and other sporting organizations, businesses and events. The course will also include an examination of the Games of the XXX Olympiad which took place in London in 2012. Through nine days of site visits, expert lectures, participation in and attendance at sports events, students will have a unique opportunity to look at British sports from an insider's point of view.

The Academics

Students participating in the the Drexel in London Sport Management Study Tour must enroll in SMT390/690: British Sport & Culture in the Winter 2014 term. This course is designed to help students gain a clear understanding of the European sports market with a focus on Great Britain's unique sporting culture including exposure to the British sports of cricket and rugby. Students will learn to differentiate between the organizational structures of American and British sport organizations and will be encouraged to consider how American sports organizations can develop relationships with international sport organizations. The course will also examine the impact of major world sporting eventson the development of local communities. Students participating in the course will be required to complete readings, on-line posts and a paper in preparation for the study tour. A trip portfolio completed after the study tour will also be required.

Program Calendar

Week of February 1st:  Introductions and Pre-Work
March 1: Pre-trip Paper due
March 19 to 29: On-site in London
April 14: Trip Portfolio due

Proposed Itinerary for the Study Tour

Itinerary is tentative and subject to change based upon availability.

Wednesday, March 19:   Departure from Philadelphia to London ( mandatory group flight)

Thursday, March 20: Arrival in London, Orientation Russell Square Neighborhood; Visit to Westfield Shopping Mall: Olympic Site Viewing; Guided Bike Tour of the Olympic Precinct

Friday, March 21: Met University, Lectures on: Introduction to British Sport; Football in the UK; The World of Rugby: A Gentleman's Game Played by Thugs, International Cricket: History of the Game and Basic Rules; European System of Club Sport

Saturday, March 22: Visit to Local Youth Soccer Club and Presentation on Club Management Structure & Volunteer Recruitment and Retention; Afternoon visit to Westminster; Evening Sporting Event TBA (likely soccer, rugby or cricket)

Sunday, March 23: Hop On/Off Big Bus Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

Monday, March 24: London Olympic Site View Tube Classroom, Presentations on: Hosting the 2012 Olympics; Olympic Park  Sustainable Olympic Games? Re-Branding East London & Managing Urban Change; 2012 Olympics: A Lasting Legacy

Tuesday, March 25: Visit to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Academy; Presentations on: The Role of the Academy and Basic Rules of Cricket; Marketing International Cricket at Lords; Cricket Coaching Session and Practice Games; Guided Tour of the Lord's Cricket Arena & MCC; Evening Sporting Event TBD

Wednesday, March 26: Wimbledon Presentation: Balancing Tradition & the Business of Wimbledon; Guided Wimbledon Tour;  Business of Chelsea Football Club Guided Tour; Guided Tour of Chelsea Football Club Academy; Presentations: Philosophy of Chelsea FC Academy in Player Development; International Relationships & the Building of the Chelsea FC Brand in Foreign Markets

Thursday, March 27: Presentation at English Premier League (EPL) Head Office; Presentation at Octagon Sports Academy: The Role of Octagon in the Sport Market place and Athete Digital Brand Management; Presentation at Arsenal Football Club: Arsenal in the Community-Social Programs provided to school children and other community groups

Friday, March 28: Free Day to explore on your ownLondon

Saturday, March 29: Group flight return to Philadelphia

*While the program officially ends on Saturday morning, students are encouraged to remain in London for an extra day with a return flight on Sunday, March 30.  Students who would like a later return flight should contact Marcia Henisz ( at the time of application.

Program Fee  $3650
The Program Fee includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare from Philadelphia to London

  • All Academic Site Visits

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation (twin shared)

  • 11 meals (9 full English breakfasts and 2 dinners)

  • Ground transportation: Unlimited travel on London Tube, Bus, DLR

  • London Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour, River Cruise & Guided Walks

  • Guided Bike Tour of 2012 London Olympic site

  • Visit to Wimbledon and entry to Tennis Museum

  • Visit to Lords Cricket Arena

  • Cricket Practice Session at Marylebone Cricket Club

  • Visit and tour of Stamford Bridge Stadium

  • Admission to two sporting events (schedules not yet available)

Not included in the program fee:

Passport, lunches and most dinners, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance, personal expenses

Program Deposit of $500 due Monday, November 25, 2013
Payment 2 of $1575 due by January 10, 2014
Payment 3 of $1575 due by February 1, 2014

Once students commit to attend the program and pay the initial deposit, they are liable for all of the program fee. Please see the Refund Policy in the application for more details.

US citizens do not require a visa for travel to London for less than 90 days. Students who are citizens of other countries must check entrance requirements and secure visas as necessary.

To view the information session on the program, please visit  the ARCHIVED SESSION

For more information, please contact Dr. Amy Giddings ( ) or Program Manager Heather Blackburn (

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2016 09/01/2015 10/01/2015 TBA TBA
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