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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
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Drexel Grad in London: Global Television Industry


Program Overview

The Drexel Grad in London Global Television Industry program provides students with  first-hand experience and an insider's perspective on the symbiotic relationship between the US and UK television industries. By 2022, global video and television revenues are estimated to reach $560 billion with OTT media services growing exponentially. Television and other video distribution platforms serve significant social, political, economic, and cultural functions and inform and entertain just about everyone on the face of the earth every day.

Through this unique program, students will learn the history of the industry in these two powerhouse countries and how they have spurred each other forward. Online, the students will view video skype interviews with UK industry leaders, journalists, artists and academics, conducted exclusively for the course. In addition, there will be an array of readings and other video materials assigned. Students will also follow industry websites closely throughout the course to keep up with the dynamic changes in the business. All students will travel to London for a one-week London component for the course, bringing to life many of the concepts studied online. It is an amazing opportunity to participate in the very global nature of the industry.

COVID-19 Note: While the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television & Media Management at Drexel University looks forward to this year's study abroad opportunity, we are approaching this planned travel with cautious optimism, given the global COVID-19 pandemic. If travel changes occur, students will be contacted as quickly as possible to assure adjustment in plans.
Please note, this course will run regardless of the status of the study abroad portion. Content will be adjusted accordingly and will still count as a 3 credit elective for the TVMN Program.


T680-900 The Global Television Industry is a 3 credit, 10-week online adventure, with a one- week component in London. The course consists of online seminars with industry leaders from the UK, US and around the world. During the 7th week, students will  travel to London for an intensive round of face-to-face seminars and site visits hosted by professionals from the BBC, ITV, CNN, NBC, Sky and other leading media companies, as well as meals and meetings with journalists, academics, writers and other media professionals, some of whom will have addressed the class during the online portion.  The trip to London is a required part of the course. ICA London TV Group CNN

This course will take a look at the internationalization of the television industry focusing specifically on the US and the UK and the myriad ways they collaborate. Whether it’s selling each other individual shows or adapting formats from one country to the other, there is no question that a flourishing two-way flow of creativity, innovation and business acumen is creating another Golden Age of TV. Or might that be the Golden Age of Video? The course addresses the challenges that new video sharing platforms pose to the traditional television industry in both countries. We will also look at the impact of cross-ownership which increases each year whether it be a British company acquiring a US production company or the largest recent acquisition of Sky Television by Comcast.  This is truly a global industry and that poses specific challenges for Britain’s public service broadcasters.

While focused on television management, the course is open to graduate students from other disciplines. In addition, undergraduate juniors and seniors with a solid academic record and some relevant background may be eligible to participate. Interested undergraduate students should contact Professor Curry. Online classes will begin the week of TBA. The London portion of the course will take place TBA.  Students enrolled in on-campus courses during the summer quarter will need to make arrangements with their instructors for classes that they may miss that week.

Karen Curry, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

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Arrival Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
(suggested departure: leave USA on August 6th in the evening)
Departure Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021

Tentative Activities and Industry Visits

  • Tour of London Sights & Welcome Dinner at The Frontline Club
  • Tour of Buckingham Palace
  • Visit to Somerset House
  • Dinner at the home of Journalists Nancy Smith and Brian Prentke
  • Visit Sky Television - News and Entertainment
  • Private Tour of Althorp, Princess Diana's Childhood Home
  • ICA London TV Group NBCVisit to NBC News and ITN/Channel 4
  • Attend the Proms at Royal Albert Hall
  • Visit CNN London
  • Visit BBC
 Optional Add-On Activities (additional fees)
  • West End Production
  • Production at the Globe Theater
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament

2021 Program Fee - $1,445
BBC headquarters

Due March 1 -$500 Advance Payment +  $25 application fee 
Due May 1 - $945 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Shared accommodation for 7 nights
  • Oyster Pass for London transportation
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • London bus tour
  • Field trip (tentative: outside of London)
  • A few additional meals
  • several entrance fees to museums
  • Itinerary activities (Optional Add-Ons will have additional costs)ICA London TV Group Sky Studio

Estimated Costs Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Most meals: $250
  • Passport and Visa (if needed):  $150
  • Optional Add-Ons (varies by option)
  • Spending money: $300
  • Tuition for T680

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

  • Please contact Karen Curry for more information about the program.
  • US Citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities should check the United Kingdom Embassy for tourist potential visa requirements.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 04/15/2021
04/30/2021 08/07/2021 08/14/2021

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This program is currently not accepting applications.