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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Summer Break in Scotland:
Edinburgh Fringe Intensive

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Program Overview

The Edinburgh Fringe program is open to ALL students interested in experiencing the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  2019 marks the 72nd year of the Fringe Festival –the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest art festival – so this will be a very special summer to be there!  Edinburgh, Scotland hosts multiple overlapping festivals including: The International Festival (the best opera, ballet, dance, theater, music and orchestras from all over the world), Jazz and Blues Festival, Book Festival, Art Festival, and the largest of all - the Edinburgh Fringe hosting over 50,000 performances of over 3,200 different shows.

Students will attend lectures and workshops by a variety of experienced professionals in the subject, and be able to attend multiple performing and visual art shows. Coursework will offer students the chance to attend international networking opportunities, as well as the entire festival being a networking opportunity for students interested in any aspect of entertainment.  Classes will also include day trips to sites around Scotland including a planned overnight trip into the Highlands – you may spot the famous Loch Ness monster!   


Students will receive credit for EAM T380: International Festival Management, 3 credits which will be registered as part of students' fall term course load.  There are class hours and lab hours to fulfill in Edinburgh during the festival. Students who have participated in Fringe before will conduct a 3-credit independent study in EAM Management, Marketing & Research with the program professor.

All courses are taught as a hybrid: online and in Edinburgh, with follow-on assignments.

Faculty Director: Brannon Wiles, Associate Teaching Professor and Brian Moore, Program Director; Entertainment & Arts Management

2019 Program Calendar*

Start Date: July 26, 2019
End Date: August 28, 2019

Freshmen applicants will be abroad during their vacation summer term. EAM and MIP majors in sophomores or junior year must obtain approval from their summer term co-op employer to participate. Early departure may be considered for co-op and graduate students when necessary, at the approval of Professor Wiles. 

Itinerary Overview

  • Arrival / Settle into Flat – July 28th
  • Welcome Orientation – July 29th
  • Walking tour of City – July 29th
  • Welcome dinner – July 30st
  • Fringe Opens – August 2rd
  • First Day Trip – TBD
  • Second Day Trip – TBD (mid August)
  • Farewell Dinner – August 25th (planned)
  • Departure August 28 (free to depart August 27
Lab Hours with Philadelphia and International Artists: students will be assigned to an artist; opportunities to work with others will also exist and student can create / find opportunities for themselves.

Produce your own event! Back due to smashing success; students will have a budget of at least £1000 to produce a local event in Edinburgh. Each student must bring “people” to meet/network/etc.

2019 Program Fee** $2,950 Edinburgh

Due March 1st - $950 Advance Payment
Due April 15th - $2,000 Final Payment
**All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Selke Memorial Fund Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship available to a Westphal student for study or co-op abroad, in honor of Emily Selke who participated in the Edinburgh Fringe study abroad program. 

Included in Program Fee:

  • Apartment accommodation within walking distance of all major attractions
  • Class field trips: including train or bus tickets and castle entrance fees
  • Walking tours
  • Some group meals
  • Some show tickets
  • UK phone with SIM card
  • Required special speakers/lectures
  • Required workshops
  • Onsite staff support during the length of class
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • Round trip airfare
  • Most meals: approx. $300 for grocery shopping
  • Passport: $140
  • Spending Money & Travel: approx. $300 - $500
  • Extra Show tickets: There are many free shows and depending on which class students take, they will have opportunities to earn free tickets. Students should allocate anywhere from $100 to $200 (and up) for additional show tickets. 
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • US citizens are not required to obtain a visa for this program. Other nationalities, please confirm visa requirement on the UK Embassy website.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.