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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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Drexel Grad in London: Global Television Industry


Program Overview

The Drexel Grad in London Global Television Industry program provides students with a firsthand experience and an insider's perspective on the symbiotic relationship between the US and UK television industries. Global video and television revenues for 2017 are estimated to reach $587 billion. 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 website closely throughout the course. All students will travel to London for a one-week in person 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.


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 eighth 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 and other leading production companies, as well as journalists, academics, writers and actors, several of whom will have addressed the class during the online portion.  The trip to London is a required part of the course. 

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. 

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 June 25. The London portion of the course will take place August 10-17,2019.  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 10, 2019  
(suggested departure: leave USA on August 9th in the evening)
Departure Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Tentative Activities and Industry Visits

  • Tour of London Sights & Welcome Dinner at The Frontline Club
  • Visit to BBC Broadcasting House
  • Visit to NBC News and CNN
  • Visit to ITN
  • Visit to the set of a television production
  • Tour of Buckingham Palace and afternoon tea with Royal Expert
  • Lunches and dinners with industry professionals
  • Visits to a broad range of London neighborhoods
  • Visit to The Proms at Royal Albert Hall
 Optional Add-On Activities (additional fees)
  • West End Production
  • Production at the Globe Theater
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament

Program Fee - $1540 

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Due March 1 -$500 Advance Payment +  $25 application fee 
Due May 1 - $1040 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 museum entrance fees
  • Itinerary activities (Optional Add-Ons will have additional costs)

Estimated Costs Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Airfare: $1000
  • 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/09/2019
04/12/2019 08/10/2019 08/17/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.