Drexel in Paris + London: Dual City Summer
The Paris + London program allows Drexel students to experience two European capital cities in one term! Through this unique opportunity, students spend 3 weeks in Paris and 5 weeks in London, taking courses in each city. The Paris + London program is open to all majors, but of particular interest to students focused on French language, business, or merchandising. It is run in partnership with the Ecole Superiere de Commerce Exterieur (ESCE) in Paris and with the Foundation for International Education (FIE) in London.
About the Cities
Paris: Located on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, rich with history and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food, and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics. Situated in the heart of Paris, steps away from the Eiffel Tower, Campus Paris Eiffel welcomes French and international students providing the opportunity to study and enhance their marketable skills and transform themselves into the next international leaders.
London: London is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest cultural and economic centers and has been dubbed as the “coolest city in the world”. The rich history combined with contemporary and multicultural dynamics of the city offer a perfect backdrop for study abroad! Classes in London take place at Foundation House, FIE’s main headquarters and study center, located in South Kensington and just a 10 minute walk from the residence halls. Classes are taught by British faculty.
Orientations: Students will be greeted in both cities by local support staff for orientation, which may include tours, a welcome dinner, or other activities.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
- Open to all majors
Students must be scheduled for summer term class. Students that apply for the Paris+London program are obligated to attend both parts of the program for summer session 1 and 2.
All students choose one of the following tracks in Paris
(please note tracks may change yearly):
Track 1) French Language & Culture 6 credits
Track 2) French Luxury Marketing & Management 6 credits
Track 3) Marketing for the 21st Century 6 credits
* In addition, weekly cultural visits and activities are organized to complement the classes. All visits and activities highlight the different aspects of the French culture and traditions while enjoying the time in Paris.
Students choose 2 of the following courses in London
(each worth 4.5 credits):
History of Modern Design
Foods, Society and Culture in Britain
Graphic Design (changes yearly)
* All courses in London incorporate local site visits for a hands on learning experience. Due to enrollment and scheduling, students select 2 London courses as well as 2 alternates.
Course Descriptions: Paris 2020 London 2020
Students will receive 15 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. All courses are taught on an accelerated schedule. Classes are taught by local faculty in both Paris and London, giving a very international perspective to your studies! French grades from ESCE will be converted to US grades according the WES grade conversion guide: https://applications.wes.org/country-resources/
Paris Session 1 Dates and Itinerary (Tentative)
London Session 2 Dates and Itinerary
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*The Paris orientation and classes begin on 7/2. Students should plan to arrive in Paris by 7/1. Students will have one break week between the Paris and London sessions. Students may choose to stay in Paris or travel independently during the break week. Early move-in to London housing is not an option.
ESCE provides several resources for students to book their housing independently. This includes private residence halls, home stays, and apartments. Students may choose to live in various parts of the city, depending on their budget and preferences.
Students will be housed in dormitory-style residence halls that include fully equipped kitchens on each floor and private bathrooms in most cases. All residence halls have wireless internet access. Please note the official move-in date listed in program calendar above. Students may use the break week for independent travel prior to London arrival/move-in.
US Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for the United Kingdom or France. Students with other nationalities must check the United Kingdom and France Embassy websites to verify visa requirements. If a visa is required, do not delay in the visa application process.
2020 Program Fee: $2,325
Included in Program fee:
- Dormitory style housing in London
- Field trips and site visits in both cities
- 5 week local transportation pass for London
- Orientation & welcome activities for both cities
- Onsite support staff in both cities
Not included in program fee:
- R/T airfare US to Europe
- Housing in Paris (this must be paid directly to your housing facility in Paris)
- Transportation from Paris to London (train or plane)
- Meals, books, spending money, personal travel, miscellaneous.
Estimated Expenses: 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 the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
Read a Drexel student blog
about the Paris + London program.