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sociology italysociology italy
Location Lyon, France
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 22 - September 18, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,350
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Ellen Sollod |
Elizabeth Brown |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 1, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 30th:  3:00-4:00 pm Padelford C101
Feb 8th:   12:00- 1:00 pm Padelford C101
General This program explores the role of art in fostering innovation across applied arts, technology, and the urban environment.
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

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Lyon, France


Housing is provided by Gestetud, a private housing provider for the University of Lyon.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Physical Components: Lyon is well served by public transportation. Standard amounts of standing and walking for touring the city, visiting sites and institutions will be required, sometimes involving significant hills and some streets with cobblestones. Lyon's transit system is accessible to people with disabilities. Some French is desirable but not required.


5 UW Credits


CHID 471: Arts and Innovation in Lyon (5 Credits, VLPA/I&S)

In the United States, science and technology are understood as drivers of society, whereas the arts are often considered superfluous. In contrast, In Lyon, France, the fine and applied arts have been integral to its development as a world city, spurring scientific and technological innovations and commerce, and have been infused into its urban character throughout the region’s illustrious history. Today, the visual arts, dance and music animate the city through public events, performances and celebrations. During CHID Lyon 2018, the city will host the La Biennale of Danse commencing with dancers and companies from all over the world participating in a jubilant “Parade for Peace” which students will have an opportunity to experience.

Experiencing this first-hand and learning to “read” the city through the arts will alter students’ perceptions about the social life of public spaces. Learning the basics of visual analysis, theories of place-making, and cultural criticism, students will develop techniques to explore societies new to them and ways to apply this innovative approach of thinking to their own studies.

Developing critical skills to analyze and comprehend this evolution provides the basis of understanding foreign places and provides a model for U.S. development. Learning the basics of visual analysis, theories of place-making, and cultural criticism, among other visually-inflected methodologies, students will develop techniques to explore societies new to them and establish a framework for future research.

This Exploration Seminar develops visual literacy through encounters with places, art, museums, direct observation, which will be analyzed in seminar, discussions, journals, and course assignments. Class work, group conversations, and daily field trips will elucidate the intentions and impacts of Lyon’s integration of art, science, commerce, and community, highlighting such issues as how the historical past shapes present-day experience and how cultural policies, alongside industry, influence the growth and configurations of a city.

Students will be expected to use TIPs or WOW to reflect on the program and contribute to a class blog ( They will participate in a collaborative place-analysis project. Much of their work will be focused on inventing and realizing an independent project of their choice based on the content of the course. Developed in consultation with faculty, this project can take diverse forms. Students will draw upon their experience in Lyon for the content and context of their project, Faculty will work with each student to frame their project appropriately. Class participation, including team work, individual projects, appropriate preparation, and supportive attitudes towards group activities and fellow classmates are critical to success in the seminar.

Texts explored in the seminar include selections from On Photography by Susan Sontag, River of Shadows by Rebecca Solnit, “The Work of Art in the Age of Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin, and Ways of Seeing by John Berger as well as selected readings from various publications.

Students will be expected to have access to a laptop or tablet and a digital camera or phone for making photographs.

Learning goals include:
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• describe how the fine and applied arts have shaped Lyon culturally and physically
• express an understanding of the impact of cultural production on history
• gain an understanding of how public spaces and place-making can foster community.
• apply critical analysis of visual experience to their own disciplinary studies



Ellen Sollod, Comparative History of Ideas (CHID), Program Director

Ellen Sollod is a regionally known public artist whose permanent works can be found through the Pacific Northwest. An artist/activist practicing in multiple media, she works at the intersection of art, public space and social justice.

Elizabeth Brown, Comparative History of Ideas (CHID), Co-Director

Elizabeth Brown (PhD, Columbia) is a scholar of contemporary art, interwar Europe, and the history of photography. She was the Chief Curator at the UW’s Henry Art Gallery from 2000 to 2011.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,350

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 $12-20/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.