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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:

Fall Intensive in Germany:
Global Sustainability and Responsibility

Reichstagsgebaude Inside Photo

Program Overview

Working with the Berlin School of Economics and Law in the TOOLIP program (a grant-funded multi-year initiative), Drexel participants in this program will spend one week in Berlin working with faculty, students, and other professionals in an intensive exposure to various topics within global sustainability, and the issues and opportunities available to the current generation for creating a more robust environment for ongoing responsible action in the world. Students will be challenged to discuss challenges, explore trends and propose new ideas centered in UN goals and the areas of sustainability of people, profit and planet, which they will bring back to campus and share with the Drexel community.  Topics and activities will include (but not be limited to) the following seminars and workshops, as well as corporate talks and fieldtrips, and students will also have time to explore the rich culture and history of Berlin, while engaging in daily reflection and conversation of learning.
  • CSR and Sustainability Foundations
  • International Microeconomic
  • Ethical Foundations § Political and Legal Frameworks
  • Psychological Aspects of Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development GOals
Participation in this program will allow you to:
  • Utilize team skills and leadership styles, apply theoretical learning and other professional experience to on-ground curriculum and topics, participate in various hands-on activities, observe how to adjust to various cultural backgrounds
  • Experience the cultural and historical base of the host country and its relevance to their studies
  • Reflect upon learnings and set personal goals for continued cross cultural experiences
  • Develop ideas and understanding of global sustainability and responsibility
  • Connect learning to the broader UN goals and share the experience with students from around the world


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for BUSN 350: Thinking Abroad 4 credits as part of their fall term course load. Students must leave room in their fall credit load enrollment for this 4-credit class. Students area advised to register for fall term as normal since ICA acceptance decisions will not be made until September. If accepted, students may select to drop one of their other fall term courses as needed to stay within the 20 credit limit. Receiving credit for this course is not optional. Students may not participate on the program without receiving credit for the course.

Important: This program takes break during week 8 of fall term. Students must contact their fall term professors as early as possible to request permission for an excused absence.

Pre-requisite: Open to all majors. Students with sophomore, pre-junior, junior, senior class standing are given priority.

Program Calendar:

First Lecture and Orientation: Oct 6 (Mandatory)

Arrival Date:  November 6, 2021 (Depart US November 5th)
Return Date: November 14, 2021
Tentative Itinerary
Nov 5 Friday Afternoon Depart USA
Nov 6 Saturday Morning Arrival in Berlin
  Afternoon Sustainability & Sustainable Development Goals
Nov 7 Sunday Morning Microeconomic Foundations
  Afternoon Fieldtrip
  Evening Group Dinner
Nov 8 Monday Morning Ethical Foundations of Sustainability /Managerial Ethics
    Focal Topic - Equality Compensation
  Afternoon Fieldtrip TBD
Nov 9 Tuesday Morning CSR and Corporate Sustainability
    Corporate Talk
  Afternoon Focal Topic - Human Rights
    CSR Sustainability Ratings and Impact Assessment
Nov 10 Wednesday Morning Legal Aspects of Sustainability: Climate Change Law
  Afternoon Climate Policy (Climate Game)
Nov 11 Thursday Morning Psychological Aspects of Sustainability
    Corporate Talk
  Afternoon Sustainable Finance
    Focal Topic - Food Waste
Nov 12 Friday Morning Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  Afternoon Fieldtrip TBD
Nov 13 Saturday Morning Future Workshop
  Afternoon Debrief and Post-program Planning
Nov 14 Sunday Morning Departure Berlin
  Afternoon Arrival USA
Post Program Showcase: Dec 1 (Mandatory)

Subsidized Program Fee: $250*

Due August 20, 2021: $250 Advanced Payment + $25 online application fee
Payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
*This program is generously funded through the TOOLIP grant. Student costs are greatly reduced thanks to this grant. (Without this grant, the unsubsidized program fee is $3,500.) The TOOLIP grant is intended to support a cohort of diverse, interdisciplinary upper class undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership, community engagement and global mindfulness; who have an interest in global sustainability in business, with people and for the planet; and who are committed to research and sharing with the Drexel community.
Included in program fee:
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Local transport
  • Group dinner
  • Field trips (location TBD)
  • Program activities
  • Round trip airfare from Philadelphia
  • On Call Emergency Assistance
Not included in program fee:
  • Most meals ($150)
  • Spending money ($200)
  • Passport ($140)*
*Please note, if you do not have a passport, the current processing times may take a few months. Please apply now.

More Information:

Visa: US citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities should check The Germany Consulate website for visa requirements.
Course Grading Scale: A+>97, A94-97, A-90-93, B+87-89, B84-86, B-80-83, C+77-79, C74-76, C-70-73, D+66-69, D60-65, F<60

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.