|Academic Term||Early Fall|
|08/26/2019 - 09/20/2019|
|Estimated Program Fee||$4,350|
|Prerequisites||Some knowledge of French is desirable but not required. We seek adventurous students open to new experiences and points of view, adept at assimilating new information, and equipped with emotional and interpersonal intelligence.|
|Program Directors||Ellen Sollod | firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Brown | email@example.com
|Priority Application Deadline||February 15, 2019|
|Information Sessions||January 23, 12-1, Padelford C-101
February 5, 3:30-4:30, Padelford C-101
|General||Using Lyon as our laboratory, we will explore how the arts have influenced technological and economic development and how public spaces create community.|
|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.|
In America, science and technology are understood as practical drivers of society, whereas the arts are largely considered optional and apart. But exploring older societies, such as the major centers of Europe, reveals the primary role of arts and culture in the formation of cities and their civilizations. The fine and applied arts have been integral to Lyon's development as a world city, spurring scientific and technological innovations, commerce, and urban development throughout the region's illustrious history.
Developing critical skills to analyze and comprehend this evolution provides the basis for understanding foreign places in general, while providing a model for future development in the U.S. 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. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with their own approach to visual expression whether through photography, drawing and other forms of notation.
Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the second largest city in France, and its gastronomical capital, offers a unique environment where art has been an economic engine for centuries. Two historical examples are the influence of fiber arts and cinema on technology and city form. The silk industry transformed Renaissance and 19th-century sections of the city; at the turn of the 20th century, native sons Auguste and Louis Lumière invented cinema in a neighborhood that still bears their stamp and where film flourishes today.
In addition to technological innovations where art has been integral, Lyon is celebrated for its integration of art, architecture, and urban design. Its legacy of public spaces in the Renaissance foreshadowed the notion of human-centered design centuries before the term was coined. In the 21st century, Lyon's Confluence District, one of three E.U. urban redevelopment demonstration projects, represents the most innovative integration of sustainable design in art, architecture, and landscape architecture. It is also a leader in contemporary art and dance with multiple performance venues, alternative spaces for visual arts, and art integrated in the landscape, creating a dynamic environment for learning.
Exploring this remarkable city, taking advantage of its diverse cultural offerings and immersing oneself in unique contemporary and traditional environment, each student will come away with new insights about how to live, learn, work and play.
Housing is provided by Gestetud, a private housing provider for the University of Lyon. Each student is assigned a private room with private bath and a small kitchen.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Some knowledge of French is desirable but not required. We seek adventurous students open to new experiences and points of view, adept at assimilating new information, and equipped with emotional and interpersonal intelligence.
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. Since we use the city as a laboratory, we are out exploring nearly every day using a combination of walking and transit. Lyon's transit system is accessible to people with disabilities.
5 UW Quarter Credits
CHID 471: The Visible City-Arts and Innovation in Lyon (5 credits) I&S
In America, science and technology are understood as practical drivers of society and the arts are frequently seen as optional and apart. But exploring older societies, such as the major cities of Europe, reveals the primary role of cultural industries in the formation of cities and their civilizations. From the Gallo-Roman era to contemporary times, the fine and applied arts have been integral to Lyon's development as a world city. In contrast to the U.S. where the arts, science, commerce and public life are treated as silos, these diverse disciplines are integrated in principle and practice in Lyon. But more importantly, advancements in the fine and applied arts have fostered scientific and technological innovations, commerce and community throughout the region's illustrious history. Lyon is also a leader in contemporary art and dance with multiple performance venues, alternative spaces for visual arts, and art integrated in the landscape, creating a dynamic environment for learning. 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 experience will interrogate 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, such as visual art, photography, video, recording, creative writing, narrative text, a prototype website or app. 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 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:
Learning Goals 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 placemaking can foster community;apply critical analysis of visual experience to their own disciplinary studies
CHID Part Time Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas
Ellen Sollod is a renowned public artist whose permanent works can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest. An artist-activist practicing in multiple media, including photography and sound, her work is often at the intersection of social justice and public space.
CHID Part time Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas
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.
Estimated Program Fee: $4,350
Included in the program fee:
- $450 Study Abroad Fee
- $350 CHID Fee
- Program activities and program travel (Students are provided transit passes which allow unlimited use of subways, trams, buses to an interconnected network throughout the city. They also receive a museum pass which allows unlimited access to City-owned museums which can be used outside of official program activities. All program visits to museums, field trips and tours are included in the program fee.)
- Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1050)
- Food (about $12-20/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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.