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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Italy, Switzerland, and France
Summer A 2017
June 21 – July 19, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,200
 Credits 6 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Andrew Abian
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General This program will conceptually explore topics related to science, art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Modern Age. There will be extensive visits to historical sites, museums, and present day multinational research centers.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.

Program Description

This program will conceptually explore topics related to science, art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Modern Age through visits to historical sites, museums, and present day laboratories. Several themes will be explored, including:

  • The connections between Galileo’s observations to the discoveries being made at the modern centers of scientific research of CERN and VIRGO.
  • The development of linear perspective in the works of Renaissance artists and its connection to the mathematical field of projective geometry.
  • Evolution of techniques and styles of building construction from the Romanesque and Gothic, and the Industrial Revolution.
  • The development and evolution of the city of Paris from ancient to modern times.

Students should expect hands-on and brains-on work as they discover the beauty of science, art, architecture, through the history of France and Italy.

Students can expect to develop the following learning goals:

  • Construct, and re-construct their understanding of measurement, light, and the physics of architecture as they relate to European art, architecture, and history
  • Play: formulate questions, explore, and learn equally from successful and unsuccessful ventures
  • Understand different measurement tools, theories, techniques, and history in Paris
  • Develop as a learner-educator: take responsibility for own learning and assist others to do the same
  • Be a successful team-member, community-member, and guest in a foreign country
  • Increase strength and confidence in writing and communication about challenging concepts.
  • Develop effective study skills while balancing time spent studying and being immersed in the local culture

Students will be expected to work in groups throughout their time in the course, to write both informally and formally about challenging concepts, and to relate the concepts directly to the local environment.

Paris, Florence, Venice and Geneva are ideal locations for exploring these topics owing to their rich histories as centers of artistic and intellectual achievement from medieval to modern times, as well as the incomparable examples of Western art and architecture to study.


Italy, Switzerland, and France


In Florence, students would be housed in shared rooms at the Gould Institute situated in the city center very close to the major attractions.

In Venice, students would be housed in shared rooms at the Foresteria Valdese centrally located near the Grand Canal.

In Geneva, students will be housed in shared rooms at the CERN Hostel in the city center.

In Paris, students will be housed in individual rooms at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, one of the houses of the Cite Internationale Universitaire, This is a campus- like setting with housing many students from around the world. It’s in a charming neighborhood with easy access to the major attractions. Students also have access to kitchenettes so they can save on dining expenses as well as laundry facilities.

All locations have free WIFI.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This course is intended students from all disciplines and levels with an interest in a novel exploration of the historical progress of science, art and architecture in Europe. The ideal group would be a diverse group of students who might not usually find themselves in the same classroom. Preferably, we would have students majoring in varied disciplines from math & science to the arts, languages and history. Graduate students are also welcome. The ideal student is one who is inquisitive, and who takes responsibility for their learning.

Students of French or Italian are encouraged, but knowledge of either language is not a requirement.

There will be extensive walking and use of public transportation to explore the cities and sites. Many visits involve climbing hundreds of steps in often cramped quarters. Some involve descending underground, again by stairs, with limited head height (< 6 feet). It’s important that students feel comfortable walking relatively long distances, or standing for long periods of time. Anxiety of being in crowded or cramped spaces would definitely limit participation in many site visits.

Also, students should be prepared for very warm summer climate, particularly in Italy.

Students also have the option of cycling in and around Paris.


6 Credits


BST 293 (6 credits)

This is a conceptual course exploring topics related to Art, Architecture and Scientific Discovery. Concepts including the development of construction techniques and structural technologies, the application of linear perspective to 2-D art, measurement of the physical universe, and other topics by exploring art, architecture, and history in Paris & Florence. Students will be exposed to the beauty, fun, and challenge of physics as it is mixed with other disciplines in a richly artistic and historic city. Students will also learn about major developments of Western science, art and architecture through visits to landmarks, museums and research facilities.

Learning Goals: 

  • Construct, and re-construct understanding of measurement, light, and the physics of architecture, as they relate to Parisian and Italian art, architecture, and history. Assessment through online and classroom activities and quizzes.
  • Play: formulate questions, explore, learn equally from successful and unsuccessful ventures, and learn different measurement tools, theories, techniques, and history of Paris. Assessed through group projects
  • Develop as a learner-educator: take responsibility for, and be active in, own learning, assist others to do the same, and develop effective study skills while balancing time spent studying and being immersed in the local culture. Assessed through group worksheets.
  • Be a successful team-member, community-member, and guest in a foreign country. Ongoing assessment. Also assessed through group guided tour of a site visit, including Q&A from class members.
  • Increase strength and confidence in writing and communication about challenging concepts. Assessed through extensive journaling and a final presentation.

Program Directors & Staff

Andrew Abian, Division of Engineering and Mathematics, Program Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,200

Estimated Program Fee of $4,200, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,200 July 7, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.