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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: School of Art Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Estimated Program Fee: 4500
UW Program Director: Curt Labizke, Judith Clark UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey
UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
Academic Term Early Fall
08/27/2019 - 09/22/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,950
Credits 5
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites or special language requirements
Program Directors Curt Labizke |
Judith Clark
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30pm in Art 212 and Thursday, January 24 at 5:30pm in Art 212
General Study, learn, create, and play in two of the most exciting cultural capitols in the world. London and Paris have been welcoming artists and travelers for hundreds of year. They are waiting to welcome you.

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 visual culture and fine 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, fashion, and design. Students will have the chance to make comparisons between similar landmarks, galleries, and artistic experiences offered in both cities. With London and Paris as the classroom, students will study and record their first hand experiences in journals and sketchbooks. Drawing from observation will be used as a research tool and point of departure for discussion and critique. (No prior drawing or art experience is required for this course.) We will have group critiques based on the work created in London and Paris 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; Paris, France


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



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites or special language requirements There are no special physical requirements for this program. However, walking everywhere is one of the major delights of a trip to both Paris and London.


5 UW Quarter Credits


ART 360: London & Paris: Art Scene Past and Present (5 credits credits) VLPA

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 knowledge and appreciation of the traditional and non-traditional areas of artistic practice, art history, and visual culture found in London and Paris. Explore the diverse and influential issues raised via the study of art and culture in these two art capitals. Practice 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. 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 Labizke
Faculty, School of Art + Art History + Design

Judith Clark
Director of Advising, School of Art + Art History + Design





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,950

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 about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 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.

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 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.
  • 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. Below 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 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:

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 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.