Drexel has partnered with the Foundation for International Education (FIE), a London-based study abroad organization, to run this program. FIE is based in South Kensington, a historic and charming area of London. Classes are taught in the Foundation House, which is a Victorian building converted into classroom and administrative space. The classrooms are named after English celebrities that are from Kensington!
This program is open to all majors, fits into the Drexel calendar, and is offered every term.
Spending a term in London as a study abroad student is an unforgettable experience. The city is the #1 destination for study abroad for a reason; it has so much to offer! London is home to world famous museums and art galleries, theaters (including the Globe - the reconstructed Shakespear theater), night life, incredible music venues (including the Royal Albert Hall, which is steps away from FIE's residence halls!), architecture, and royalty. With the most universities in a single city the world, London is a perfect destination for students.
People have been drawn to London for millennia. It is the capital of England and the UK, and with its almost 9 million inhabitants, it's the country's most populated city (accounting for roughly 13% of the UK's population.) London is one of the most historic cities in the world and plays a central role in British culture. London is home to four World Heritage sites, as well as the London Eye and "the Gherkin" - in London (post)modern architecture often co-exists with traditional sites, providing an exciting juxtaposition!London is also a global trade center and a place where many multinational industries and cultural organizations have a home. These international connections mean that London is full of exciting opportunities, whatever your interests.
Courses are taught by both Drexel and UK-based faculty and students take four courses from a variety of disciplines. Courses are designed to take advantage of London and offer students a unique opportunity to internationalize their education. Each course typically includes field trips to give students full exposure to the many aspects of London.
Students will take 4 courses, each worth 4.5 credits, for a total of 18 Drexel credits.
The London program runs on the quarter calendar, and most terms reflect the Drexel calendar.
Fall: late August/early September – late November/early December (Students will have to leave spring/summer co-op or summer classes a bit early to attend this program in the fall) Winter: early Jan – late March (fits perfectly into the Drexel calendar) Spring: early April – mid June (fits perfectly into the Drexel calendar) Summer: late June - late August (fits perfectly into the Drexel calendar)
During the first 7 weeks, you take the required Key class (British Life & Visual Media), as well as three electives. Week 8 is break week. During weeks 9-10 students will solely focus on completing their British Life & Visual Media requirements.
Which term works best for me?
Certain Drexel majors have a specific term that has been pre-selected by their department as the best term to participate (see below). If your major is not listed below, we encourage you to meet with your academic advisor to discuss the best options and most suitable term for you.
Design & Merchandising - summer term sophmore or junior year
Interior Design - summer term junior year
Graphic Design - summer term sophomore year
Nursing & Health Professions - spring term sophomore, pre-junior, junior year
Music Industry (Business Track) - spring term junior year
Entertainment & Arts Management - fall term
Dormitory-style bedrooms and several suites, with shared kitchens on each floor, private bathrooms in most cases, and a common area on the ground floor for lounging around on those rainy London afternoons. There are kitchens on each floor equipped with a microwave, pots, pans, dishes, etc. Students will generally be placed two or three to a room. All residence halls have wifi and 24/7 access to the computer lab. Most terms students studying on other university programs will also be living in the FIE residence halls, providing for a nice mix of interests to your living situation.
Click here for more information on housing, including virtual tours of the different residence halls!
Please review the FIE UK visa guide to determine whether you need a visa, pre-entry clearance, or a Tier 4 visa. American and Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a visa for this program. Students with other nationalities should confirm with the British Embassy website to confirm visa requirements. Students should not fly through Ireland to get to London, or there can be major visa issues. If students plan to study and/or Co-op in the UK for more than one term, they should apply for a Tier 4 visa prior to departure.
Endsleigh Insurance for the duration of the program
International Student ID card (ISIC)
Not included in Program Fee:
Tuition (will be the same as your normal Drexel tuition), airfare, meals, books, lab fee (for some courses, to offset costs of tickets for the theatre, music performances, etc.)
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
Sharif Rahman Memorial Scholarship: FIE established the Sharif Rahman Scholarship program in 2003, in memory of their late Chairman. The $1,000 scholarship is open to Drexel students during the fall and summer terms.
NOTE: Please note that the summer application deadline has been extended until March 1. Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed after the March 1 deadline.
NOTE: Priority deadline: October 15th. Applications completed by October 15th will qualify for a $50 application fee waiver! Applications completed after October 15th will be reviewed after the final February 1st deadline and do not qualify for the application fee waiver.