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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Liverpool, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Fall Break in the UK:
Blueprint for the Modern World Title

Edinburgh Castle Picture

Program Overview

The building blocks of the modern age were laid in Britain. Steel and glass were among the rst innovations of these island nations, products which would become emblematic of the modern age and modern architecture. Through studying the art, culture and built environment of industrial Britain, we can contextualize the post-industrial and post-colonial world.

This Intensive Course Abroad will cover the industrial history of Britain (England & Scotland). The tour will begin in UNESCO world heritage city Edinburgh; a city which uniquely bridges the shift from the pre-industrial age (Old Town) to the industrial age (New Town). While in Edinburgh, we will have a tour guided by Drexel Alumna and historic preservationist. We will explore castles and document their shift from strategic fortication into fashionable residences. We will tour Glasgow; a city built on industry yet produced some of the most pointed criticism of industrialism with the Glasgow School, as well as Liverpool; the original port city of the industrial revolution. The trip will end in London, which encompasses all the opportunities and challenges that the modern world is currently facing. Of particular interest will be the new infrastructure and typologies Britain developed with their revolutionary mechanized economy. We will analyze the warehouse typologies and how early factories impacted land use and public health. We will cover how foundational infrastructure, such as sewers, were designed and developed to stop the spread of deadly urban disease. We will explore the development steel and glass architecture, as well as the establishment of parks to help people cope with their new industrial surroundings.


Students will be registered for ARCH 348: Blueprint for the Modern World for 3 credits during the summer term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their summer credit load as the credits are not optional.

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance is mandatory during summer term lectures in Philadelphia. Tentative class weeks are listed below and the exact meeting dates during each week will be determined.

  • Week of 06/20/2021: Introduction Syllabus Review; Research Paper Discussion Supply Requirements; Lecture 1: History of Britain (Overview)
  • Week of 06/27/2021: Lecture 2: Industrial Revolution & The Enlightenment; Guest Lecture on Industrial Landscapes provided by Landscape Architect Discussion of Proposed Research Topics; Sketch Workshop 1: Speed Freehand Perspective Drawing
  • Week of 07/18/2021: Lecture 3: The Great Stink ‐ Urbanism in Industrialized Britain Guest Lecture on The Hygenic City provided by Microbiologist Dr. James Brown
    Individual Work on Research Topics
  • Week of 07/25/2021 : Sketch Workshop 2: Old City Walking Tour
  • Week of 08/01/2021:  Lecture 4: Legacy of Post Industrial Britain; Guest Lecture on Preservation in the Post Industrial Landscape provided by Historic Preservationist Abigail VanderLek; 1st Draft of Research Paper Due
  • Week of 08/22/2021: Pre‐Departure Orientation Review Study Tour Itinerary; 2nd Draft of Research Paper Due

Pre-requisites: Arch 141-143, OR ARTH 101-103

Mia Rosensaft and Daniel Brown

Program CalendarLondon Scenery View

Arrival Date: August 31, 2022 (depart US on August 30)
Departure Date: September 12, 2022
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh
  Calton Hill
  National Museum of Scotland
  Saint Giles' Cathedral
  Edinburgh City Chambers
  John Knox House
  Group Dinner
Day 2 Edinburgh
  Palace of Holyroodhouse
  Scottish Parliament Building
  Lunch & Walking tour of Royal Mile
  Edinburgh Castle
  Scottish National Gallery
  The Royal Scottish Academy
  Scott Monument
  Edinburgh Waverley Station to Dalmeny
  Forth River Bridge ‐ Boat Tour
  Dalmeny to Edinburgh Waverley Station
Day 3 Depart Edinburgh / Arrive in Glasgow
  Walking tour with Historic
  Visit Scottish Architecture Firm
  Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  Free Time (suggested attractions)
  Depart Edinburgh Waverley Station
  Arrive Glasgow Queen Street
Day 4 Glasgow
  University of Glasgow
Hunterian Art Gallery
  Hunterian Museum
  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  Riverside Museum
Day 5 Glasgow
  The Glasgow School of Art
  Sketching & Walking Tour
  Scotland Street School
  Afternoon Tea @ Willow Tearoom
  Free Time
  George Square
  Glasgow City Chambers
Day 6 Glasgow/Liverpool
  The Hill House
Glasgow Central to Liverpool
Day 7 Liverpool
  Sketching & Walking Tour
  Museum of Liverpool
  Royal Albert Docks & Maritime Museum
  International Slavery Museum
  Liverpool Cathedral
Day 8 The Midlands/London
  The Iron Bridge
  Iron Bridge Museums
  Leave for london
  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Day 9 London
  V&A/Regent Street
  The Albert Memorial/hyde park
  Victoria & Albert Museum
  Royal Albert Hall
  Science Museum
  Double Decker Bus Ride
  Regent Park
  Regent Street
  John Snow Water Pump
  Group Dinner in Soho
Day 10 London
  Westminster/British Museum
  Westminster Abbey
  Houses of Parliament
  Walking tour
  Sir John Soane Museum
  The British Museum
  National Gallery
Day 11 London
  St. Paul's Cathedral
  Walking Tour of the City of London
  Museum of London
  Sketch of Tower of London
  Tower Bridge
  The Shard
  Southwark walking tour
Day 12 London
  Paddington Station
  Kings Cross Station
  Saint Pancras Station
  Free Afternoon
  ‐ Bath
  ‐ Oxford
  ‐ Cambridge
Day 13 London
  Crossness Pumping Station
  Lunch in Greenwich
  Royal Museums Greenwich
  Old Royal Naval College
  Boat tour to central London

Program Fee - $ 1,930London Aerial View

Due May 2nd, 2022 - $ 500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due July 1st, 2022 - $1,430 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • lodging for 12 nights
  • local transport
  • entrance fees to required site visits and museums
  • 2 group dinners
  • transport from Edinburgh > Glasgow > Liverpool > London

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Drexel tuition
  • Regular tuition for 3 credits
  • Round-trip airfare $1,100
  • Passport $145
  • Meals $455 ($35/day)
  • Spending money/personal expenses $400
  • Admission Fees to some sites  $100
  • Airport transfer

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 have a visa for this program. Other nationalities should check visa requirements on the UK Embassy website here:
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.
  • Grading: 97-100 A+ (4.0)       87-90 B+ (3.33)         77-80 C+ (2.33)           67-70 D+ (1.33)              0-64 F (0.0)
                     94-97 A (4.0)         84-87 B (3.0)             74-77 C (2.0)               64-67 D (1.0)
                     90-94 A- (3.67)      80-84 B- (2.67)         70-74 C- (1.67)

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.