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We will be exploring the development and evolution of Science, Art and Architecture in Italy, France and Switzerland from Ancient to Modern Times.
This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
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 cities of Rome and 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 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, Rome and Florence are ideal locations for exploring these topics owing to their rich histories as centers of artistic and intellectual achievement from ancient to modern times, as well as the incomparable examples of Western art and architecture to study.
In Florence, students will be housed in shared rooms at the Gould Institute located in the city center very close to the major attractions. We have stayed every year from 2014 - 2017. Continental breakfast is included. In Rome, students will stay in apartments arranged by The Rome Center. Generally these are shared rooms with 3-4 students per room, located in Trastevere close to the city center very close to the major attractions. Our group had a very successful stay there in 2017. In Geneva, students will stay in the Geneva Hostel where we stayed in 2017. Students are usually housed in larger rooms accommodating 8-10 students. It's close to city attractions and features a free breakfast buffet. In Paris, students will be housed at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, one of the houses of the Cite Internationale Universitaire, located within the city limits of Paris. Students will have individual rooms, with convenient access to showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Students also have access to kitchenettes so they can save on dining expenses. We have had successful stays there for every year from 2014-2017.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
No course pre-requisites. Students of French and/or Italian are encouraged, but this is NOT a requirement. Students with and without extensive travel experience to Europe are equally welcome. There will be extensive walking and use of public transportation in order to explore the various cities. Many site 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, and standing for long periods of time. Anxiety of being in crowded or cramped spaces would definitely limit participation in many site visits. The local climate can be very hot in the summertime with temperatures sometimes reaching over 90 degrees F. Not all accommodations are air conditioned. Students also have the option of cycling in and around Paris.
6 UW Quarter Credits
BCUSP 296: Exploration of Science, Art and Architecture in Europe (6 credits) VLPA, I&S, NW, Diversity
This program will conceptually explore topics related to science, art and architecture from the Ancient Rome, through 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 evolution of Cosmology, and understanding of Earth's place in the Universe from Ancient to Modern times 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 European cities from ancient to modern times. The role of political power in either fostering or stifling developments in art, architecture and science. 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.
Learning goals include:
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 from science, art and architecture. Develop effective study skills while balancing time spent studying and being immersed in the local culture. Understand the role of emerging technologies and techniques in the evolution of art and architecture. Understand the properties of light and the use of light in art, architecture and science. Understand the development of different measurement tools, devices and systems and their importance to our understanding of the natural world. Understanding of the importance of dialog, communication and argument in the development and dissemination of new scientific knowledge.
Lecturer Full-Time, STEM - Engineering and Math
Andrew Abian currently teaches mathematics at UW Bothell. He has a BS in Mathematics and a MS in Physics. In addition to his interest in Math and Science, he also has a strong interest in the history of Science, Art and Architecture, and knowledge of their development in Europe. He has successfully led similar programs to Europe in 2012, 2014-2017. He speaks French fluently, having lived and studied in Paris for two years after college. His other interests include piano, cycling and rowing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Porter currently teaches Humanities at The Northwest School in Seattle and also teaches writing and reading for ESL. She assisted on this program in 2017, and quickly became a valued collaborator to Andrew and the students. Sarah also leads study-abroad experiences in France and the UK with her home institution, in particular to Paris, Nantes and the Loire Valley. In addition, she helps coordinate visits to Seattle by students and faculty from Lycee Emmanuel Mounier in Angers. Sarah speaks fluent French and recently collaborated with Francoise Canter in translating Les Voix Liminales, a collection of poems published by the French Revue "A L'Index".
Estimated Program Fee: $4,650
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1500-$1800)
Food (about $20 - $30)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019
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.
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.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad 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.
To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application. 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.
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.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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.
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.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.