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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

sociology italysociology italy
Location Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy
Geneve, Switzerland
Paris, France
Academic Term Summer A-Term
June 19- July 19, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,750
Credits 6 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Andrew Abian; Suzanne Bottelli
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD.
General This is a four-week program with stays in Italy, Switzerland and France covering historical developments in science, art and architecture in Western Europe and their relation to our modern 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

This program will conceptually explore topics related to the development of science, art and architecture in Europe from Ancient times to the Modern Age through visits to historical krosites, 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 (NW)
  • 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, to the Industrial Revolution.
  • The development and evolution of the city of Paris from ancient to modern times. (I&S)

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply from all majors. Students should be curious to see and observe how developments in European history have informed our present-day experience. Students will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with other students from different academic fields and backgrounds.



Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy
Geneve, Switzerland
Paris, France


Rome, Florence, Geneva, Paris


  Rome - housing will be arranged in conjunction with the Rome Center. All students will be housed in one or two facilities near the city center. Rooms will generally be shared by 2-3 students.
  Florence, students would be housed in the Gould Institute situated in the city center very close to the major attractions. Our group had very successful stays there each year from 2014 through 2017. Rooms will be shared by 3 to 6 students. Breakfasts will be included.
  Geneva - students will be housed in the Geneva Hostel where we stayed in 2017. Rooms will be shared by 3 to 6 students. Breakfasts will be included.
  Paris - students will be housed at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, which is one of the houses of the Cite Internationale Universitaire, located within the city limits of Paris. This site was chosen because it exists primarily as a housing resource for foreign students and student groups from around the world. It has excellent housing facilities, reasonable rates, and is designed for academic visitors, with classroom space available on site. It is also very easily accessible. Students will have individual rooms. They will also have access to kitchenettes so they can save on dining expenses. We have stayed there 5 times previously.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students of French and/or Italian are encouraged, but this is NOT a requirement. Students who have limited travel experience to Europe are strongly encouraged


6 UW Credits


BST 293: Exploration of Science, Art and Architecture in Europe (6 Credits)

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
  - Observe 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.
VLPA, I&S, NW, Diversity



Andrew Abian, Engineering & Mathematics, Program Director

Andrew Abian is currently a lecturer of Mathematics at UW Bothell. He also has background in Physics, and has taught physics at the undergraduate level. This will be his sixth time leading a program to Italy and France. He has previously lived and worked in Paris for two years, and has extensive knowledge of the city and its environs. He also maintains academic, professional, and personal contacts in Paris, and has relatives living in the region. He speaks, reads and writes fluent French.

Suzanne Bottelli, STEM / Engineering & Mathematics, Co-Director
Suzanne Bottelli (Program Assistant) has helped to lead this UWB STEM  course twice before. She has also led students in educational travel to Russia, Spain, and El Salvador.  A published poet and author of book reviews, Bottelli teaches Humanities and Writing at The Northwest School in Seattle.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,750

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 - $1,800)
  • Food (about $48/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 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.