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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

Titlesociology italy
Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 22- September 16, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,000
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Curt Labitzke |
Judith Clark |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey|
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Wed. January 24 & Thurs. January 25 at 5:30 pm in room 120 Art Building.
General Live and learn in two of the greatest cities and cultural centers in the world.
Visas 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.

Program Description

We will begin this trip by following in the path of artists and travelers before us, living and learning in London - a city whose contemporary arts are cutting edge, where women and emerging artists from around the globe have a significant presence in the art scene and a high profile on the city’s exhibition calendars. These investigations will take us from London to Paris where the visual arts also play a significant role in the historical development and contemporary culture of the city. In a sense, this trip is an artistic tale of two cities. London and Paris share a 2000-year old legacy from their founding by the Romans to their 21st Century position in the world as major centers of art and culture. At the same time, each city defines and perpetuates their global standing in the world of the visual arts in dramatically different ways. In both cities we will study and compare a wide range of arts including architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, street art, printmaking, outsider art, and design. Students will have the chance to make comparisons between similar landmarks, galleries, and artistic experiences offered in both cities.

The British National Gallery vs The Musee d’Orsay
The British Museum vs The Louvre
St Paul’s vs Notre Dame
The Tate Modern vs Le Centre Pompidou
The Serpentine Galleries of Hyde Park vs Le Jeu de Paume and L’Orangerie in Le Jardin des Tuileries

Students will study and record their experiences in journals and sketchbooks. Drawing from observation will be used as a research tool and point of departure for discussion and critic. (No prior drawing or art experience is required for this course. We will have group critiques based on the work created in London along with discussions of issues explored in a required reading list. This class offers art majors 5 credits toward their degree and satisfies VLPA general education requirements for non-art majors.

At each site, local curators, guides, and education coordinators will provide both introductions to their specific institutions as well as additional presentations tailored to the subject of this seminar.




London, United Kingdom


In London students will stay in private dorm rooms at Bankside House, the dorm for the London School of Economics. In Paris we will stay at the Smart Place Hostel.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



5 UW Credits


ART 360: London and Paris: Art Scene Past and Present (5 Credits)

With the cities of London and Paris as classrooms we will explore and compare contemporary art alongside the art of the past by visiting art museums, galleries, churches, palaces and private homes. Students will study and record their experiences in journals and sketchbooks. Drawing, water color and other visual media will serve as a research tool of observation, a way to visually analyze and record what students see. No prior art experience or instruction is required for this course. Pre-departure orientations will include workshops in drawing, watercolor and bookmaking. A reading list of articles relevant to the past and present art scene in London and Paris will provide the context for discussion and critique.

Learning goals include:
Build technical proficiency, skill, and contextual knowledge of traditional and non-traditional areas of artistic practice, art history, visual culture, and criticism.
Engage in and explore the diverse and influential issues raised via the study of visual literacy and the practice of the creative process in two very different places, London and Paris.
Practice researching, questioning, organizing and synthesizing information about the world of the visual arts in London and Paris. Develop new ideas and areas of inquiry and contribute these to discussions with peers and program leaders.
Combine critical thinking and problem solving with the development of ideas and conceptual skill.
Understand working methods and develop the ability to translate a conceptual idea into a visual or creative solution.
Grades will be based on the quality of visual assignments, participation in discussion and critic, engagement with and understanding of the readings.



Curt Labitzke, School of Art + Art History + Design, Program Director

Judith Clark, School of Art + Art History + Design, Program Co-Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,000

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 - $1,200)
  • Food (about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 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.


  • 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 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 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory 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.


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:

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 $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.