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  • Locations: Bristol, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Quarter 2018 01/31/2018 02/07/2018 06/25/2018 08/21/2018
Program Information:

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QUICK FACTS
Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Summer Quarter (Full Term) 2018
June 25 - August 21, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $7,850
Credits 15 UW credits for undergraduates, 12 UW credits for graduate students
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Edward D. Blum; Al Levine; Armaghan Baghoori
Program Manager Carrie Moore | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions November 6, December 4, 2017; January 16, 2018; all sessions at 5:30 PM .
HIGHLIGHTS
General This program includes visits to 7 of the most important cities in the United Kingdom to study sustainable development in both the urban and rural context. In addition, students will have a unique opportunity to experience a 2 week internship working in a non-profit organization, government agency, consulting firm or academic research group of their choice.
 

Program Description

This program will provide students with an opportunity to better understand the integration of planning theory with best practices of sustainability in the urban and rural context in the United Kingdom. The location of the program in England, Scotland and Wales is based on the unique opportunities there to highlight current and historic development of the built environment, while simultaneously studying best practices of environmental stewardship.

The cities to be visited on the program include: London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bristol and Cardiff. The program will also include learning opportunities in rural areas such as the London Green Belt, the Pennine Hills, Scotish lochs, the Cotswolds and Welsh coastline.

The course syllabus includes two distinct approaches for each location: (1) Built Environment and (2) Environmental Stewardship. Included within each of those perspectives will be various themes: (a) Urban Form; (b) Sustainable Communities; (c) Urban Mobility; (d) Land Classification; (e) Planning for Equity; (f) Natural Resource Management; (g) Historic Preservation; (h) Rural Preservation; (i) Post-Industrial Economies; and (j) Rural Infrastructure Development.

The primary text for this course is "Design with Nature" by Ian McHarg. This book draws heavily upon analysis of the built environment in the United Kingdom over the past hundred years and provides a unique approach to establishing effective solutions to long-term problems. McHarg comes from Scotland and spent a majority of his professional career as a planner and landscape architect in the United States.

Academic goals of the program include: (a) improving students' understanding of the inter-relationship between sustainable practices in both the urban and rural context; and (b) increasing students' knowledge of best planning practices in the United Kingdom which may be applicable and useful to problem solving in both the urban and rural context in the United States.

Students' learning experiences will be enhanced through engagement with faculty and stakeholders in the United Kingdom, as well as visiting sites of best practices. Living and learning in these locations will provide insight and understanding of how the political, economic, sociological, geographical and environmental issues facing the United Kingdom are similar and distinct from the conditions in the United States. This in turn will provide students with valuable lessons in best practices that are applicable to problem solving in the Pacific Northwest.

LOCATION

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London, UK

Sites

London, the London Green Belt, Manchester, the Pennine Hills, Glasgow, Scotish lochs, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Bristol, Wiltshire, Cardiff and the Welsh coastline.

Housing

Housing in all locations will be in student dormitories selected on the basis of location, safety and quality, availability, typology and cost. Specific housing locations include: · London: University College London · Manchester: University of Manchester · Glasgow: University of Strathclyde · Cheltenham: Cheltenham Ladies College · Bristol: University of The West of England · Cardiff: Cardiff University

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None

Credits

15 UW credits for undergraduates, 12 UW credits for graduate students

Courses

URBDP 498: Sustainable Regional Development: Urban and Rural Linkages in the United Kingdom (15 Credits)

This proposed program will provide students with an opportunity to better understand the integration of planning theory with best practices of sustainability in the urban and rural context in the United Kingdom. The location of the program in England, Scotland and Wales is based on the unique opportunities there to highlight current and historic development of the built environment while simultaneously studying best practices of environmental stewardship.

The cities to be visited on the program include: London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bristol and Cardiff. The program will also include learning opportunities in rural areas such as the London Green Belt, the Pennine Hills, Scotish lochs, the Cotswolds and Welsh coastline.

The course syllabus will include two distinct approaches for each location: (1) Built Environment and (2) Environmental Stewardship. Included within each of those perspectives will be various themes: (a) Urban Form; (b) Sustainable Communities; (c) Urban Mobility; (d) Land Classification; (e) Planning for Equity; (f) Natural Resource Management; (g) Historic Preservation; (h) Rural Preservation; (i) Post-Industrial Economies; and (j) Rural Infrastructure Development.

The primary text for the course is "Design with Nature" by Ian McHarg. This book draws heavily upon analysis of the built environment in the United Kingdom over the past hundred years and provides a unique approach to establishing solutions to long-term problems. McHarg comes from Scotland and spent a majority of his professional career as a planner and landscape architect in the United States.

Academic goals of the program include: (a) improving students' understanding of the inter-relationship between sustainable practices in both the urban and rural context; and (b) increasing students' knowledge of best planning practices in the United Kingdom which may be applicable and useful to problem solving in both the urban and rural context in the United States.

Students' learning experience will be enhanced through engagement with faculty and stakeholders in the United Kingdom as well as visiting sites of best practices. Living and learning in this location will provide insight and understanding of how the political, economic, sociological, geographical and environmental issues facing the United Kingdom are similar and distinct from the conditions in the United States. This in turn will provide students with valuable lessons in best practices that are applicable to problem solving in the Pacific Northwest. .

Learning goals include:
Academic goals of the program include: (a) improving students' understanding of the inter-relationship between sustainable practices in both the urban and rural context; and (b) increasing students' knowledge of best planning practices in the United Kingdom which may be applicable and useful to problem solving in both the urban and rural context in the United States.

Students will submit five short papers which provide analysis of a specific theme within both: (a) the Built Environment and (b) Environmental Stewardship approaches, based upon their experience in each location on the course. In addition, students will be organized into self-selected groups that are aligned with specific themes. Each group will be making short presentations in each location during the course. A final group paper and presentation will be required at the end of the course.

Students will be provided ample opportunity to comment on the course content during the program itinerary. Program directors and staff will meet with each student as well as each of the work groups at reasonable intervals during the course. 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Edward D. Blum, Urban Design and Planning, Program Director

Former Special Projects Manager at King County Metro Transit, he is experienced in transit oriented development, asset management and land use planning.
blumedw@uw.edu

Al Levine, Urban Design and Planning, Co-Director

Former Deputy Director of the Seattle Housing Authority, he is experienced in issues of housing affordability, market analysis and sustainable real estate development.
levine08@uw.edu

Armaghan Baghoori, Urban Design and Planning, Program Coordinator

Urban designer and planner, she is experienced in analysis of the built environment, cultural diversity and community development.
baghoori@uw.edu

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,850

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,000)
  • Food (about $18/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date:July 6, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

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Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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

Visas

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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.

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 disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.