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  • Locations: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
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Fall Break in Portugal:
Thinking Abroad: Leadership and Organizational Culture  


Program Overview

This Intensive Course Abroad is a 4-credit course in which you will explore leadership theory and practice under various models and situations, that can be used in personal, academic, community, professional. and career leadership development.  The program will also highlight the culture and history of Portugal, while using films that have been set in and/or made in the country over recent decades.  You will view a series of films that demonstrate the application of leadership theories and practices, and discuss ideas with faculty, peers and guests, in conjunction with on-site activities that include visits to leadership centers, organizations and cultural landmarks.  You will also relate learnings to leadership in organizations and other professional environments.  There will be guided tours of various aspects of the country’s culture and history (in particular the settings and environments portrayed in the films). 
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain various theories, styles, traits, behaviors, and applications of leadership through various thought leaders, including prominent ones from the country of visit, others such as Covey, Goleman, Kouzes, Posner, Maxwell, Blanchard, etc., as well as through tools such as The Enneagram
  • Explore ideas that connect directly with personal leadership goals and prior experiences – which may include topics such as Socratic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Transformational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Participative Leadership, or another area you select; and you may also focus on the concept of Followership and how that relates to being an effective leader
  • Provide a summary and analysis of several movies set or filmed in the city and country, the leadership acumen studied and its application and use in the plots, decisions, and events of the films, and how characters’ leadership choices affect people and situation
  • Relate leadership and film content to the information discussed at various leadership centers or in sessions with leaders of prominent organizations and universities, making connections for furthering personal goals in leadership development
  • Participate in a volunteer activity applied to leadership development and growth in the local community
  • Understand and appreciate the overall beauty of the country, its sites, food, drink, and general culture in the context of global leadership and awareness


Students will be registered for BUSN 350 for 4 credits as a part of their fall term. Students must leave space for these 4 credits in their credit load, or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20 credit term maximum.

Instructor:  This program will be led by Dana D'Angelo (, Clinical Professor in LeBow College of Business

Program CalendarPortugal

Arrival Date: Sept 10 (students should depart Sept 9 to arrive on Sept 10)
Departure Date: Sept 16
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Tentative Itinerary Overview

Sept 10


orientation, discover Lisbon's lovely hills

Sept 11

visit: Portuguese coffee & pastel de nata taking over the world
visit: future of education: what it takes to built a hub for lifelong learning 

Sept 12


group excursion 

Sept 13

visit: why Portugal? - the insiders tip to investment and development in Lisbon
LX factory - amazing race style with local entrepreneurs
optional cultural event: discover flavours of Mouraria district (approx $100)

Sept 14


cultural event: trip to Sintra (with stop in Cabo da Roca)

Sept 15

experiential learning: pitching your ideas & solutions
volunteering experience: open your eyes to difficulties of life of immigrants e.g. Lisbon Project
farewell dinner

Sept 16


Depart for US

Program Fee - $ 1795Portugal

Due May 1, 2023 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due July 1, 2023 $1295 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • ​Farewell Dinner
  • 7 breakfasts
  • City tour of Lisbon
  • Full-day excursions around Lisbon
  • Entrance fees 

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip airfare and airport transfers
  • ​Passport
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Spending money
  • COVID test(s)
  • Optional food tour around Mouraria ($100)
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 do not need a visa to participate in this program, but students of other nationalities should confirm entry requirements.
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.