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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • 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: 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

Spring Intensive in the Netherlands:
Diversity Through Music


Program Overview

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of intercultural communication. Drawing from theories in communication, intercultural communication is the study of the cultural influences on communicative practices in interpersonal and group dynamics. The study abroad component is designed to introduce students to the cultural diversity experience mediated through music to reinforce, develop both their critical understanding of and skills in intercultural communication. The portion of the study abroad have an intention to substitute the final project required in the course by conducting interviews with the participants of the music festival about the intercultural issues.

By participating in this program, students will:

(1) Identify and form their understanding of the main concepts that define intercultural communication, including dominant and minority culture, stereotypes, xenophobia and their impact on interpersonal and professional communication.
(2) Develop their knowledge of cultural competence, especially as a comparative theory and a framework for practice that highlights the process of communicating with others from different backgrounds.
(3) Engage in critical thinking through the discussion of the examples that illustrate intercultural dissonance and clash and globalization.
(4) Develop analytical skills to conduct original projects.


Co-requisite: Students taking COM 345-900 Intercultural Communication (online section) during spring term are eligible. This program is taught in conjunction with COM 345. Open to all majors.

Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for COM T380 Diversity Through Music for 1 credit in addition to COM 345 Intercultural Communication for 3 credits, for a total of 4 credits. Students must leave room for 4 credits when registering for spring term or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

Instructor: Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication in Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences

Program Calendar*

Arrival Date: May 11, 2020Departure Date: May 17, 2020
*This program takes place during week 7 of spring term. Students must contact their spring term professors as early as possible to request permission for an excused absence.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 MondayICA Eurovision Music Festival
Arrival: Meeting at the Hotel. Students are expected to arrive by midday.
Evening: Post-trip debriefing: Outline of the program / on site orientation / welcome dinner

Day 2 Tuesday: Semi-final 1
Morning: Interview training session 1
On-the ground public screening viewing of the venues

Day 3 Wednesday Interview 1 day
Morning: Experience debriefing and discussion
Morning: Interview training session 2
Afternoon/Evening: Interview at the public screening venue: Rehearsal 2

Day 4 Thursday Semi-final 2
Morning: Interview experience Debriefing
Morning: Interview transcribing techniques training session 2
Afternoon/Evening: On-the ground public screening viewing of the venues offered by the Eurovision local organizers.
Interview opportunities at the public screening venue (venue defined when announced by the organizers)

Day 5 Friday Interview day 2
Morning: Experience debriefing and discussion
Afternoon/Evening: Interview at the venue: Final rehearsal venue

Day 6 Saturday Final
Morning: Experience debriefing and discussion; Interview analysis training workshop
Meal together: Group Brunch
Afternoon: Transcribing of the interview consultation
Evening: Free time

Day 7 Departure / Return to US

Program Fee - $1,290

Due November 15, 2019: $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2020: $790 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Local transport
  • 2 Group dinners
  • Eurovision Music Festival venues
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip airfare $1300
  • Most meals $280
  • Passport $140
  • Spending Money $150
  • Airport transfers
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. Other nationalities should check The Netherlands Consulate website for visa requirements.

  • A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. Students must book their own airfare.

    Grading Scale
               A+    97-100
               A       93-96
               A-      90-92
               B+     87-89
               B        83-86
               B-      80-82
               C+     77-79
               C        73-76
               C-       70-72
               D+     67-69
               D       60-66      
               F        59 and below

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.