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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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

Spring Break in Italy: Exploring Business Culture

La Cupola D'oro Photo 

Program Overview

This one-week program will explore the history, business environment and culture in Italy, centered in Florence capital of Tuscany and the most populous and famous city in the region. Working with local organizations, students will participate in specialized lectures and sessions, interact with local professionals, and apply on the ground learnings at various site visits. Topics may include international trade and exchange, small business and entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, education, and the economy and infrastructure. There will also be opportunities for service learning or advisory projects. Students have daily reflective briefings as well as consider personal career connections and goals. Post-program, there will be a research-based project focused on a specific topic that will be shared with the university community.

Participants will also engage in shared experiences with the parallel program in Barcelona, Spain. They will be connecting virtually in a global classroom type setting, as well as a joint lecture session. The final research project will be comprised of students from both projects, presenting on topics from both countries related to program content, as a part of Drexel’s Annual Week of Undergraduate Excellence.

As program runs parallel to the Barcelona, Spain ICA, students can only complete an application for one of the two programs. If one program fills, please indicate to the instructor if you would like to be considered for the other program. 

Priority for this given to LeBow students, although all students are welcome to apply.

Note: Due to popularity of this program, applications opened after Nov 6 may not receive an interview (a required part of the application). All applicants are encourged to schedule an interview with Professor Finnin by November 6


Students will be registered for BUSN 350 for 4 credits as a part of their spring 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 Chris Finnin (, Clinical Professor in LeBow College of Business

Program CalendarFlorence

Arrival Date: March 21
Departure Date: March 27
Students will need to depart the USA on March 20 to arrive on March 21. 
Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Arrival and Lodging Check-in                                                                      
Orientation and Introduction
Welcome Reception
Day 2
Site visit 1: Presentation, tour, discussion (Tuscany region and its position within Europe)
Lunch on your own
Site Visit 2: Presentation, Tour, and Discussion (Developing and Marketing high-ed products)
Day 3
Immersion Activity with City Tour: (Florence)
Lunch on Own
Dual City Lecture and Connections
Day 4
Immersion Activity with City Tour (Pisa and San Gimignano Day Trip)
Lunch on Own
Site Visit 3: Presentation, Tour, and Discussion (Classic craftmanship in the digital era)
Debriefing Session
Optional Event: Artisan gelato masterclass
Day 5
Site Visit 3 – Presentation, Tour, and Discussion (Kickstarting Italy's digital revolution)
Lunch on Own
Site Visit 4  – Service-Learning Activity
Debriefing Session
Day 6
Scavenger Hunt
Site visit 5: Culture in a Cup
Lunch on Own
Dual City Connections
Farewell Group Dinner
Day 7 W         
Check-out and Departure

Program Fee - $ 1,795

Due 11//15/2023 - $500 Advance Payment
Due 1/15/2024 - $1,295 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodation
  • Welcome Reception and ​​Farewell Dinner
  • City tour of Florence
  • All site visits and activities
  • Full-day excursions around Florence
  • Public transportation tickets
  • Entrance fees 
  • ​Travel insurance 

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip airfare ($1000)
  • Remaining meals ($300)
  • Passport ($165)
  • Visa* (if applicable)
  • Spending money /optional activities ($100)
  • Airport transfers

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 are not required to have a visa for this program. Other nationalities should check visa requirements on the Italian Embassy website.
  • 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 2024 11/15/2023
11/29/2023 03/21/2024 03/27/2024

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This program is currently not accepting applications.