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  • Locations: Paris, France; Ypres, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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: Lauren Steinberg
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Drexel Spring Break in France & Belgium:
World War I Image & Memory

Eiffel Tower Picture

Program Overview

From 1914-1918, World War I raged across the globe, claiming more than 20 million dead, most famously through the deadly trench warfare on the western front through France and Belgium. Even before the war drew to its ambivalent conclusion, contemporaries attempted to find and capture meaning in the destruction, an effort that continued in subsequent generations. In this course, students will study World War I through the ways people have portrayed the war over time, from writings, art, and early video to memorials, cemeteries, and exhibits. We'll travel to northern France and Belgium to visit museums, battle sites, and cemeteries.
Students' academic activities will include preparatory reading, journal-writing during the trip, and a final project due after. Specific learning objectives include analytical comparative history, critical reading skills, and multiple research skills.


Credit/registration: Students will be registered for HIST 280 for 4 credits as a part of their spring term course load. Students must leave space for these 4 credits in their credit load, or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20 credit term maximum.
None. All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply for this program, sophomore year and above
Instructor: Kathryn Steen, Associate Professor of History, Department of History, CoAS

Program CalendarBrussels City Scape

Arrival Date: March 25
Departure Date: March 31
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

During the winter term, students will undertake preliminary research and complete a short paper on a World War I topic of their choice.

Itinerary Overview

Saturday, March 25: Paris and environs I
              • optional informal walking tour of sites in Paris relevant to World War I
Sunday, March 26: Paris and environs II
              • Versailles palace (host to peace treaty): 1/2 day
Monday, March 27: Paris and environs III
              • Marne battlefield (Belleau Wood, cemetery), Museum of the Great War (Meaux)
Tuesday, March 28: Paris to Arras, France
              • Carriere Wellington museum
Wednesday, March 29: Arras, France, to Ypres, Belgium
              • Somme battlefield tour
Thursday, March 29: Ypres, Belgium
              • North Salient tour
              • Last Post Ceremony
Friday, March 30: Ypres, Belgium
              • Flanders Field Museum
              • South Salient tour
Saturday, March 31: departure

Note: This program ends in Ypres, Belgium. Students will be given suggested transport from Ypres to the Brussels airport to return home, but have the option to extend their travels, 

Program Fee - $1565

Due 11/15/2022 - $ 500
Due 1/15/2023 - $ 1,065
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel

  • Local transit, train from Paris to Arras

  • Expert guided tours, entrance fees

  • Bus from Arras to Ypres

  • Covid quarantine insurance and emergency medical assistance

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Airfare

  • Most meals

  • Train from Ypres to airport for flight home (itinerary to Brussels will be suggested, but students can choose to extend their travel)

  • Spending money

  • Visa cost (if applicable)
  • COVID test (if required)
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

  • Visa: 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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 11/30/2022
12/07/2022 03/25/2023 03/31/2023

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This program is currently not accepting applications.