Spring Intensive in Denmark & Sweden:
Diversity Through Music
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:
- Acquire theoretical introduction to intercultural competence
- Experience and practice introduction to intercultural competence concepts such as dimensions of cultures, contexts interpreted by cultures; intercultural conflict resolution techniques, and reversed cultural shock mitigation;
- Acquire a methodological tool kit for a) interview methodology; b) content theme analysis;
- Practical experience in conducting interviews (informed consent construction, recording, transcribing, interpreting interview results);
- Practical experience in qualitative data collection in a specific intercultural context.
- Practical experience in manual data analysis by employing theme analysis.
- Practical experience on how to interpret results.
- Acquire global competence through exposure to the global learning experience
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
Arrival Date: May 6, 2024 Departure Date: May 12, 2024
*This program takes place during week 6 of spring term. Students must contact their spring term professors as early as possible to request permission for an excused absence.
Day 1 Monday arrival to the hotel in Copenhagen
8-8:30pm Meeting with the group and introductions
Day 2 Tuesday: Semi-final 1 Day in Copenhagen
Morning: Welcome orientation
9am-10am Theory session 1 Introduction: Intercultural competence
10-1pm City Practice 1 center city Copenhagen visit
Activity 1: Practicing intercultural competence:
PRACTICE: On-the ground Activity 1:
1-3pm Individual time (lunch)
4-6pm hotel: Theory session 2 Interview training session
6-8pm Individual time (dinner)
8pm-10pm Theory session 3 Watching Semi-final 1
Day 3 Wednesday Interview 1 day
9-10am Theory session 4 Debriefing and preparation for day 3
10-11am Intercultural competence: high vs. low context cultures and high and low load contexts
11am Check-out/ Departing for Malmö
12pm Arrival to Malmo
12pm-2pm Individual time (lunch)
2pm check in to hotel
3pm-4pm Theory session 5 Hotel: Testing interview questions
4-7pm City Practice 2 Visit to Malmo center city: Identifying fan spaces
7-8pm Group dinner
Day 4 Thursday Semi-final 2
Trip to the venue (Eurovillage)
9am-11am Theory session 6 hotel TRAINING Morning Experience debriefing and discussion
10-11am Intercultural competence: Dimensions of culture
Interview transcribing techniques training session 2
11am-1pm City Practice 3 PRACTICE morning: On-the ground interviewing in center city Malmo.
1pm-2pm Individual lunch
2-3pm Theory session 7 PRACTICE preparation
3-4pm Individual time
4-6pm Evening: Public screening
City Practice 4 Identifying opportunities for interviewing at the public screening venue (Eurovillage)
6-8pm Individual time (dinner)
Day 5 Friday Interview day 2
9-11am Theory session 8 Experience debriefing and discussion
Intercultural conflict resolution
11am-1pm PRACTICE morning: On-the ground interviewing in center city Malmo.
1pm-2pm Individual lunch
3pm-3:30pm meeting at the meeting point
3:30-7pm City Practice 5 PRACTICE Evening: Interview opportunities at the venue: Final rehearsal
7-8pm Individual time (dinner)
Day 6 Saturday Final
9am-noon Theory session 9 Experience debriefing and discussion
Interview analysis training workshop
Intercultural competence: Reversed culture shock
11am-2pm Individual time
3pm-3:30pm Briefing Theory session 10: Meeting at the meeting point in the venue: setting individual goals
3:30-7pm City Practice 6 group work individual interviews
Day 7 Departure / Return to US
Due November 15, 2023: $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2024: $1210 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 Insurance
Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):
ICA Financial Aid:
- Round trip airfare $1600
- Most meals $240
- Passport $165
- Spending Money $150
- Airport transfers $80
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
US citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities should check Denmark and Sweden Consulate websites for visa requirements.
A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. Students must book their own airfare.
F 59 and below