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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • 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, Pre-Junior, Senior, 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

Fall Break in Ireland:
Leadership in Film & Practice

Galway Landscape Picture

Program Overview

This Intensive Course Abroad is a 4 credit course in which students will study leadership theory and practice under various models and situations, that can used in personal, academic, community, business and career leadership development.  It will also highlight the culture and history of Ireland, while using films that have been set in and/or made in the country over recent decades.  Students will view a series of films that show the application of the leadership theories and practices, and study and discuss ideas with faculty, peers and guests, in conjunction with on-site activities, including visits to various centers and companies related to leadership in business and management, and other professional environments, as well as guided tours of various aspects of the country’s culture and history, in particular the settings and environments portrayed in the films. A leadership service learning component will also be included in the program.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain various theories, styles, traits, behaviors and applications of leadership through various authors. This may include professors from local universities, leadership professionals, and readings from authors such as Covey, Goleman, Kouzes, Posner, Maxwell, Blanchard, etc..Concepts such as Socratic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Transformational Leadership, Authentic Leadership and/or Participative Leadership can be included
  • Provide a summary and analysis of several movies set or filmed in the city and country, the leadership acumen studied, and its application and use in the plots, decisions and events of the films, including how characters’ leadership choices affect people and situations
  • Relate leadership and film content to the information discussed at various leadership centers or in sessions with leaders of prominent companies and universities, and make connections for personal goals in leadership development
  • Participate in a volunteer service activity applied to leadership development and growth in the local community
  • Understand and appreciate the overall beauty of the country, its sites, food, drink and general culture in the context of global awareness


Course Requirements: Prior to departure, students will be required to complete various activities which may include viewing films, attending an introduction lecture and meeting, and completing online assignments.  Post return, students will be required to complete a reflective assignment and/or online discussion with an additional film viewing and assignment.

Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for BUSN T381 for 4 credits as a part of their fall course load. Students must leave space for these 4 credits in their schedule, or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20 credit term maximum.

Pre-requisite: All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply for this program, including. Incoming freshmen, transfer students, online, international and athlete students.

Instructor: Dana D'Angelo (, Clinical Professor in LeBow College of Business

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019ICA_DublinIreland_City
Departure Date: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019*

*Incoming students are able to attend on-campus Orientation Welcome Week after this program concludes.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation, and Welcome Dinner

  • Who are you as a leader today?  What are your ideas to be a better leader tomorrow? 

Day 2 Leadership Theme – Influence

  • Service Learning Activity (teaching literacy and international cultural differences): What is the role of mentorship in leadership? How can a leader be inclusive?
  • University of Galway Lecture: What is meant by influence and how can a leader influence?
  • Timoney Institute Lecture: Is leadership a privilege or a responsibility?  What, how and/who makes a leader? 

Day 3 Leadership Theme – Attitude

  • Aran Islands and Cliff of Mohr: Can good leaders do bad things?  Bad leaders do good things?  Are leaders born or made? 

Day 4 Leadership Theme – Open Mindedness

  • Glendalough and Wicklow (Heritage and History): What can leaders learn from the past to face the challenges of today? How is communication used in leadership? 
  • University of Leeds Guest Lecture: What is the importance of risk and creativity in leadership? 

Day 5 Leadership Theme – Listening

  • Corporate Site Visit: How can organizations/nations prepare leaders for sustainability, success and growth?
  • Gaelic Games: What makes a good follower?  How do leaders and followers work together to achieve mutual goals?   
  • Trinity Museum Tour

Day 6 Leadership Theme – Connections

  • Social Enterprise Lecture: Leadership and Vision - Fighting for a Better Tomorrow 
  • Trinity College and Guinness Tour with Farewell Dinner

Day 7: Final Lecture: What are your next steps as a leader and how will you bring it home (in the US)?


Program Fee - $1,695

Due May 1st: $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1st: $1,195 Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons. 

Included in Program Fee:ICA_DublinIreland_Castle

  • 6 nights accommodation with WiFi
  • Breakfast daily + 3 group dinners
  • Entry fees for program activities / tours
  • In country transport to program activities
  • Industry visits
  • On Call emergency assistance insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Approximated at $1,300):

  • Round trip airfare ($800)
  • Remaining lunches/dinners ($150)
  • Passport ($135)
  • Spending money /optional activities ($150)
  • Airport transfers in US and Ireland ($75)

More Information

  • US citizens are not required to obtain a visa for entry to Ireland. Other nationalities should verify visa requirement on the Ireland embassy website:

  • A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own flight.

    Course Grading Scale:
    A+ >99, A 94-99, A- 90-93, B+ 87-89, B 84-86, B- 80-83, C+ 77-79, C 74-76, C- 70-73, D+ 66-69, D 60-65, F <60

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/01/2019
05/15/2019 09/05/2019 09/11/2019
NOTE: Incoming freshmen apply after May 1st by emailing their Drexel username to Incoming freshmen must open their application by May 15th and have a final application deadline of May 31st.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.