Drexel in England: Aston Business School
The Drexel in England exchange with Aston Business School (ABS) offers Lebow College of Business students an opportunity to spend a term studying at one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe. The ABS Exchange completely immerses Drexel students into British education and culture by taking classes with the local British and international students. Situated in the heart of Birmingham, England's second largest city, Aston Business School, part of Aston University, attracts leading academics and key thinkers from all over the world to create a forward-thinking environment. For more information visit http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school.
With around 9,000 students, Aston University is a lively, diverse, close-knit community with great academic support and social facilities. Its campus in the center of Birmingham gives students the best of both worlds, a green, well-equipped, friendly campus in the heart of a vibrant city. There is plenty of nightlife both on campus and 5 minutes walk in the center of Birmingham. For more about life in Birmingham visit: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/birmingham/
Before the start of classes at ABS, all exchange students attend a special two week program of activities and events to help get settled into life at Aston. The first, "Aston Welcomes Internationals", focuses on students from outside the UK. The second week offers a program of events from both the Business School and the Students Guild.
The Students Union is the main entertainment venue on campus and is home to a range of facilities and support services. There is also a huge array of clubs and organizations to join, giving students plenty of opportunity to try something different and meet new people. For more info about the Students Union visit: http://www.aston.ac.uk/union/
Aston also has excellent sports and recreation facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports. There are a wide range of sports clubs and societies which are open to all students. For a full list of clubs, please visit: https://www.astonsu.com/union/student-activities/clubs-and-societies/
"Some advice that I have for future study abroad-ers - save up co-op and part-time job money, apply for scholarships, and be smart while you are over here. Do the things that you can not do when you are at home instead of making silly purchases that you can get anywhere. Also, keep in mind that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and while the expenses may be hard to bear during this time, in the end it is worth every single penny."
- Dimple Kothari, Business Administration Senior, Aston Fall 2011
- This program is now open to students in all majors.
- 3.0 GPA required
Drexel students must select from this list of Early Leaver classes
. Most exams for the fall term take place in January, with the exception of the courses on this list.
Approved ABS Course Offerings:
This is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at Aston before. Students should consult this list, and the Early Leaver classes to be sure the courses are offered.
Students are taught and graded by ABS faculty. In order to receive credit (CR) students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Grades are then indicated as "CR/NCR" on their Drexel transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. The goal is to take an appropriate number of courses to be a full time student at both ABS (30 ECTS credits) and Drexel (12 – 20 credits).
As Aston is a semester based university, this exchange works best for students scheduled for class during fall term.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary ("Teaching Period 1")
|Program Start Date
|Program End Date
Drexel students will need to secure off campus housing accommodations at Aston, as on-campus housing is typically not an option. There is a website for searching off campus housing availabilities: http://www.astonstudentpad.co.uk/
Students from outside the EU will need to make sure that they have the necessary visa to enable them to study in the UK. Please refer to the UK Embassy website for further instructions.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.