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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Summer Break in Scotland: Edinburgh Fringe Intensive

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Program Overview

The Edinburgh Fringe program is open to all students interested in experiencing the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  2017 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Fringe Festival –the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest art festival – so this will be a very special summer to be there!  Edinburgh, Scotland hosts multiple overlapping festivals including: The International Festival (the best opera, ballet, dance, theater, music and orchestras from all over the world), Jazz and Blues Festival, Book Festival, Art Festival, and the largest of all - the Edinburgh Fringe hosting over 49,500 performances of over 3,200 different shows.

Students will attend lectures and workshops by a variety of experienced professionals in the subject, and be able to attend multiple performing and visual art shows. Coursework will offer students the chance to attend international networking opportunities, as well as the entire festival being a networking opportunity for students interested in any aspect of the arts.  Classes will also include day trips to sites in Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Stirling.  Students are welcome to stay in Edinburgh just for the length of the class, or the entire month of August.  


Students will receive credit for EAM 270: Audience Development for the Arts, 3 credits which will be registered as part of students' fall term course load.

Students who have participated in Fringe before will conduct a 3 credit independent study in EAM Management, Marketing & Research with the program professor.

All courses are taught as a hybrid: online and in Edinburgh, with follow-on assignments.

Faculty Director
The program is led by EAM Program Director and Associate Teaching Professor Brian Moore, who has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry.  Collaborating will be Dr. Xela Batchelder, who has over 20 years of experience as a venue manager, producer and researcher at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

2017 Program Calendar

Arrival Date: July 30, 2017
Departure Date: August 28, 2017

*Early departure may be considered for co-op and graduate students when necessary, at the approval of Dr. Batchelder. 

Freshmen applicants will be abroad during their vacation summer term. EAM and MIP majors in sophomores or junior year  must obtain approval from their summer term co-op employer to participate in the program.

2017 Program Fee - $2700 Edinburgh

**SAVE $200: Students who are paid in full by May 15th will receive a $200 refund from their final payment.

Suggested Early Deadline Payment Schedule (Total = $2,500)
Due March 15 
- $600 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due April 15 - $1,000 Second Payment
Due May 15 - $900 Final Payment

Regular Payment Schedule (Total = $2,700)
Due April 15 - $600 Advance Payment
Due May 15 - $1,100 Second Payment
Due June 15 - $1,000 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Selke Memorial Fund Scholarship: $1000 scholarship available to a Westphal student for study or co-op abroad, in honor of Emily Selke who participated in the Edinburgh Fringe study abroad program. 

Included in Program Fee:

  • Apartment accommodation within walking distance of all major attractions
  • Class field trips: including train or bus tickets and castle entrance fees
  • Walking tours
  • Required special speakers/lectures (if applicable)
  • Required workshops (if applicable)
  • Onsite staff support during the length of class

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip airfare: as of Feb 1, 2017, flights as low as $735 RT from Newark or $1,200 from Philadelphia.
  • Meals: approx $5 to $20 per meal, lower for grocery shopping (approx. $500)
  • Passport Fees: $135
  • Spending Money: approx $300
  • Show tickets: There are many free shows and depending on which class students take, they will have opportunities to earn free tickets. Students should allocate anywhere from $300 to $600 (and up) for show tickets and tourism. 

More Information

  • US citizens are not required to obtain a visa for this program. Other nationalities, please confirm visa requirement on the UK Embassy website.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.