Exploring Art in London: 2013-14 Winter Break December 31, 2013 – January 10, 2014
Region: London, Great Britain
Title: Exploring Art in London
Schedule: Winter Break
School: College of Fine Arts/School of Art
Contact: Jody Lamb
Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
This Program Offers a Tier II and a Tier III Course
All Majors Welcome, Number of Participants Students from all majors are welcome. NO prior knowledge of art or art history is required. Most students who attend this program are not fine arts students. Participation is limited to the first 10 accepted students.
Study Abroad Scholarships Available (October 1 deadline)
You will find the info on scholarships on the funding page of the Office of Education Abroad website: http://www.ohio.edu/educationabroad/Students/scholarship.html
Please note there are 4 scholarships offered through the OEA. The deadline for all 4 is October 1, 2013:
OVERVIEW OF THIS PROGRAM
If you have limited time for an Education Abroad experience, this program may be perfect for you. You will be in historic London just after the Christmas Holiday season, when the city is blissfully free of tourists and consequently wonderfully accessible. If you have no background in the visual arts (none is required), you will learn a variety of new ways to consider and explore art and architecture. The program also provides you with diverse cultural and social experiences outside the visual arts.
You will stay in a four-star hotel ideally located in the center of London off Russell Square and very near the British Museum. From our hotel you are within easy walking of literally 100s of exciting activities & opportunities, and 2 minutes from the city’s Underground transport system.
Classes meet each morning. You will have afternoons free to explore London as you wish. Several evening events are planned, including two world class plays such as War Horse, and a very British late afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason’s famous restaurant.
Each class is taught on site, using some of the world's finest museums, galleries, railway stations, & historic houses as our classroom. Students state they learn much faster and retain knowledge much longer by studying art, architecture & public spaces first hand rather than from slides and books.
You will study work by some of the world's most famous artists, architects, photographers and designers, including French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists such as Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cassatt, Van Gogh and many other artists including Rodin, Leighton & Millais.
You will also discover some of the unique qualities of British art and architecture, such as the diverse art of the Pre-Raphaelites, the memorable landscapes of John Constable, JMW Turner, and James McNeill Whistler, and the unique home of Lord Leighton.
We will visit the private gallery of a well known London art dealer who regularly appears on the Antiques Road Show and CNN. He will speak with us about art dealing and collecting.
We may also attend special temporary, once in a lifetime, art exhibitions. Past shows have included Leonardo da Vinci, Art Deco, and Armani designs.
ADDITIONAL GROUP ACTIVITIES: A BRIEF SUMMARY OF OUR GROUP ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE CLASS TIME
YOUR COURSE OPTIONS: CHOOSE THE ART HISTORY COURSE THAT BEST FITS YOUR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Each of the following undergraduate courses is a 3 credit hour class. You will sign up for ONE course only.
Course & Daily Assignments: Each day all students are given discussion topics to explore in a small group, ending with a discussion of the entire group.
Completion of Your Written Course Assignments: You are required to write 3-4 essays for this course. You have until the end of Spring Semester to complete all these written assignments. Due to the limited amount of time we are in London, I recommend that you take great notes during or after class and then complete your papers by the end of the Winter Semester deadline. Completing your written assignments back in the States will give you more free time to explore London.
YOUR PROGRAM FEE OF $2,295 INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING
You will be sharing your London hotel room with one other student participating in the program. You will be staying 9 nights in the heart of London in the famous Bloomsbury area just off Russell Square. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury Hotel, which is 2 minutes from the London Underground and the British Museum. It is opposite the famous & newly trendy Brunswick Centre, which offers restaurants, grocery stores, coffee houses, a movie theatre, many popular shops and a bookstore. Click here to visit the hotel website. This is a contemporary and extremely comfortable Four-Star hotel, and includes the following amenities in each room: For photos and information on the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, please click here.
Breakfast is included in the cost of your hotel room.
Ground Transportation to/from London Airport if you travel with the group:
You will be provided with transportation to & from the London Heathrow airport/hotel as long as you fly with the program’s director or arrive at Heathrow within an hour of the time the director’s flight arrives.
Half Day Tour of London:< br /> We will have our own private tour of London complete with guide on our first full day there.
2 West End Plays: You will see some of the world’s finest West End plays, usually including a musical. While it is too soon to confirm these shows, one play usually features a famous American or British actor.
London Eye Ferris Wheel Ride: We will take a London Eye ride on the world’s tallest ferris wheel. This is a great way to gain a sense of central London and beyond.
A Very Proper English Afternoon Tea: We will have a lavish English afternoon or cream tea at Fortnum and Mason’s, world renowned for this very British activity. Students often like to dress up for this event, although it is up to you. View a video of this experience click here.
Museum & Gallery Entry Fees:
While most museums do not charge to visit their permanent collections, they all charge a fee for special exhibitions. The program will pay for any of these we attend.
Our Final Evening Group Dinner in London:
We will have a meal together during our final evening in London. We will go to the trendy and very lively Brown's Restaurant, located in Covent Garden. You will have a three-course meal chosen from their special menu. For details about this restaurant, click here.
Use of a Great Britain Cell Phone:
Each participant will be given a Great Britain cell phone while you are abroad. This can be used for local calls and texts, & calling the USA. This also gives your friends and family a way to call you directly from the USA. This is a basic, pay-as-you-go type phone, meaning that while the phone is provided for you, you will need to pay for the cell phone minutes you use.
Cell Phone Deposit: Please keep in mind that the phone belongs to Ohio University, so you must reimburse Ohio University if you lose it. You will be required to sign a contract agreeing to pay the program a $60 charge if you fail to return the phone and all is accessories in full working order at the end of the program. We will give you your phone several days before we depart for London, so you will be able to give your family and friends your UK cell phone number.
Insurance Coverage While in London:
As a participant of an Ohio University study abroad program, you are automatically enrolled in a supplemental health insurance plan through HTH Worldwide Insurance Services prior to departure. HTH has an extensive network of providers around the world, and online services to help you plan for medical care before you leave and while you are in London. Once enrolled in the program, you will receive a description of HTH benefits and covered medical expenses. In addition, you will receive an insurance card prior to your departure. Please carry this insurance card with you at all times while you are overseas. This insurance costs only $16.80 and is included in the program fee.
OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES: ADDITIONAL PROGRAM COSTS YOU MUST PAY FOR
It is your responsibility to book your round trip ticket to & from London Heathrow Airport. If you wish to take advantage of the bus that meets us at the airport when we arrive and then takes us back to the airport when the program ends, you MUST book a flight that arrives within one hour of the flight I am using.
If you want to keep things simple, book the flight I am taking and you won’t have to worry about the transportation issue. But as long as you arrive at Heathrow within an hour of my flight, everything will be fine.
Remember that the day you depart from the USA is December 31, 2013, meaning you arrive in London on January 1, 2014. Do NOT book a ticket that gets you to London Heathrow on December 31, because you will have no hotel room available.
HOWEVER, DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR LONDON TICKET UNTIL I TELL YOU TO DO SO.
Even if you are accepted into the program, the program might still be cancelled if a minimum number of students don’t enroll. So if the program is cancelled and you have already purchased a ticket, you might get only a partial refund from your airline or be forced to use it within a certain period of time or lose the entire cost of your ticket.
I will keep you up to date regarding when you can order your ticket and what flight I will be using.
Tuition and Fees:
VERY IMPORTANT: How to avoid paying the cost of Tuition for this Program
For Athens campus students the 3 credits for this program count can count towards your Spring Semester allotment of total credit hours. The maximum number of credit hours you are allowed to sign up for in a semester if you pay full tuition is 20 credit hours. This means that if you sign up for no more than 17 hours of courses in Spring Semester, you will not incur any additional tuition cost for the 3 credit hour course taken for this Winter Break program. In other words, if your total credit hour enrollment during Winter Break and Spring Semester equals no more than 20 credit hours total, the tuition cost for this program is covered without an additional fee.
If any of you have to take 20 credit hours during Spring Semester, you would in that case have to pay the cost of tuition for this program.
For students registered at an OHIO regional campus, the 3 credits for this Winter Break program WILL be billed in addition to your regional campus tuition. The option listed above does NOT apply.
If you do have to pay Tuition for this program 3 credit hours of undergraduate tuition for 2013-14 is $1476 in-state and $2802 for out-of-state residents.
SUMMARY OF THE TOTAL COST OF THIS PROGRAM
Program Fee: $2,295
Administrative Fee: $150
Out-of-Pocket Costs (estimates)
Total Out-of-Pocket Costs: $2,515
Grand Total Student Cost: $4,960 + Tuition (if you have to pay this – see details)
APPLYING TO THIS PROGRAM
October 1, 2013 Deadline
You must fill out the online Office of Education Abroad application form to apply for the program. This form is available on the official Education Abroad web site by clicking here. You need ONE letter of recommendation. I will let you know whether or not you are accepted within a few days after I review your application.
You will not be officially accepted into the program until:
No one else will be accepted after 12 students make their deposit, but we will keep a waiting list in case someone drops out.
DEPOSIT & BALANCE DUE DEADLINES
A $500 nonrefundable deposit will be due at the time you accept your nomination to the program. A deposit slip will be attached to your nomination email. You must print this out and take it to the cashier’s office in Chubb Hall along with your $500 deposit. The balance of the program cost will probably be applied to each student’s OU account before Spring Semester fees are applied.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROGRAM
DETAILS ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT (Order this ASAP)
You should order your passport ASAP. The estimated time to receive a passport is currently 10 weeks. You can go on-line at www.travel.state.gov and download a copy of the DS 11passport form. If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you must apply in person, but you can download the appropriate paperwork.
You can also order your passport by going to the Athens County Courthouse, 4th floor (740-592-3242). The passport fee is $110, and there is ALSO a $25 processing fee, bringing the total cost to $135. There will also be a fee for the photos for your passport. When applying, you must bring a valid driver's license and an original birth certificate or a certified copy of it (this means with an official stamp which has left a raised seal imprint).
For more information on accepted documentation, visit this site.
You must also bring 2 official passport photographs (from places like CVS, AAA, Kinko's or elsewhere); you cannot bring a snapshot because a passport photograph is a special heatproof photo. You can receive your passport in 2-3 weeks if it is expedited; the additional fee is $60 plus the cost of envelopes both ways, costing $27, bringing the cost of this service to $87 plus the $135 for the passport, or $222 total.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program. Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html.
US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the UK for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OEA's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
If you have any questions, please contact Jody Lamb, Director of this program, work phone 740-593-1811, email address email@example.com. If you call the office number you can set up an appt. by speaking with the administrative asst. Professor Lamb is located in Jennings House, one of the buildings at the top of Jeff Hill.
Dr. Jody Lamb
College of Fine Arts
54 East Union Street
Athens, OH 45701
Office of Education Abroad contact person:
Please contact Laurence Tuccori at 597-2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is at the Walter International Education Center, 15 Park Place (directly beside Baker Center). Click here to go to the Office of Education Abroad website.