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  • Locations: Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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 Break in the UK:
The Beatles in Liverpool

The Beatles

Program Overview

The Beatles are the most important band in the history of Rock and Roll. The songwriting, film and pop culture output of the band changed the course of popular music in the 20th century and influenced most musicians that followed. The Beatles in Liverpool gives interested students the opportunity for intensive study of the influence of The Beatles on music and popular culture while studying on site in Liverpool, UK.  The course will include lectures by experts in the field of Beatles Studies and popular music, visits to museums dedicated to the Beatles and experiential learning through interaction with partners dedicated to educating students.

By participating in this program, students will learn:

  • Familiarity with The Beatles’ significant and impactful creative output (music and films)
  • Understanding of the impact the Beatles had on popular music and culture of their day and through the current day
  • Understanding of the people and places in Liverpool that shaped the group and the four individual members of the Beatles through interaction with experts in the field of Beatles studies and visits to the important locations in Liverpool, UK.

Academics

Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for MUSC T380, 2 credits as part of their spring term course load. Students must leave room for the credits in their credit load when registering for spring term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

Instructor: Scott Bacon, Associate Teaching Professor in Music. He teaches courses in Rock Music, American Popular Music, Percussion, Introduction to Music, and the Music of The Beatles.

Pre-requisite: None; all majors are welcome to apply.


Program CalendarBeatles Cavern Club

Arrival Date: March 22, 2020
Departure Date: March 28, 2020
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Itinerary Overview

Sunday March 22nd
Arrival in Manchester and transfer to Liverpool (approx. 1-hour travel time).
orientation walking tour of the Albert Docks and surrounding area
Pizza lunch is included before returning to the hotel for check in.
 
Monday March 23rd
Audio tour of The Beatles Story exhibition
Introductory lecture
Evening group dinner
Walking tour of the Liverpool’s best venues featuring live music
 
Tuesday March 24th
Magical Mystery Tour focusing on the some of the sights of the city associated with the early years of the Beatles: their schools, local haunts, grave of Elinor Rigby, Penny Lane, and Strawberry Fields.
 
Visit to the Casbah Coffee Club. Established in the basement of Mona Best, the mother of drummer Pete Best, the Casbah predates the Cavern Club as a venue played by the Beatles. Access to rare Beatles memorabilia and may also include a Q&A session with Roag Best, son of Pete Best.
 
Famous Cavern Club which has been played by the elite of the music world including Queen, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Hollies, The Who, The Kinks and of course The Beatles who performed here 292 times. It remains a vibrant and current hot bed of new music. Artists continue to perform here to try new material including recent performances by Adele and Oasis.  
 
Wednesday March 25th
Visits to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartneyICA Beatles Pepperland 
Thursday March 26th
Morning lecture/guest speaker
Afternoon optional activity
 
Friday March 27th
Morning lecture/guest speaker and wrap up session
Evening farewell dinner
 
Saturday March 28th
Airport shuttle to Manchester airport for return flight


Program Fee - $2,650

Due November 15, 2019 $650 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due January 15, 2020 $2,000 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons

Included in Program Fee:

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Local transport including
  • Round trip airport transfer from Manchester airport to Liverpool
  • Co-curricular activities, tours, site visitsICA Beatles Story Alber Dock
  • Guest lectures
  • Breakfast daily and 3 other group meals
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip airfare to UK
  • Passport
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Spending money
  • Airport transfer in US
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 must check the UK Consulate website for visa requirements.
  • A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their flights.
Grading Scale
A+ = 98-100%
A = 93-97%
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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/15/2019 11/29/2019 03/22/2020 03/28/2020