Region: London & Edinburgh
Title: Discovering the Fine Arts in Great Britain
Schedule: Summer 2016
School: School of Art/College of Fine Arts
Contact: Jody Lamb
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Students from all majors are welcome. NO prior knowledge of art or art history is required. Over half the students who attend this program are not fine arts students. The diverse backgrounds of our students help make this program incredibly interesting for participants.
Participation is limited to the first 20 accepted students. Enrollment is on a rolling basis, meaning that the first 20 students who apply and are accepted will attend. We recommend you apply as soon as possible as all spaces may have been filled before we reach the official deadline application date of February 14, 2016.
You will primarily be living in London. We visit Edinburgh, Scotland, for 4 days. There will also be day bus trips to Stonehenge, Avebury and Bath.
This is a unique opportunity to spend four fascinating and challenging weeks in the heart of London and Edinburgh. For those of you with an art or theater background, this is a wonderful way to expand your knowledge of contemporary art and theater practices and art history. 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. This program also provides you with diverse cultural and social experiences outside the visual arts.
What makes our Great Britain courses so different than our courses taught on campus? Unlike courses taught on campus, all classes in G.B. are taught directly on sites throughout London and Edinburgh. These cities are your classroom. Thinking about and studying art and art history directly from the object, and if possible within its proper context, is an exciting and unforgettable experience. Students find they learn art history much faster & gain new insights about already familiar art by studying original works. Art students will explore London’s contemporary art world, which many critics feel is the most dynamic in the world. Theater students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in London’s thriving theater world.
Students will also attend once in a lifetime special exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have included the art of Dali, Rembrandt, Magritte, the Impressionists, Orientalism, Art of the Aztecs, The Victorian Nude, Star Wars, Warhol, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Pre-Raphaelites, contemporary British art, and much, much more. Our instructors know London and Edinburgh intimately, and are avid Anglophiles. You will love their enthusiasm and knowledge of British art, theater and culture!
For our complete list of course options with details about each class, please go to the following webpage: Click Here
All participating students MUST be enrolled full time. Undergrads must take a minimum of 12 credit hours (the maximum allowed is 20 credit hours); graduate students must enroll for a minimum of 9 hours (18 credit hours maximum). This equates to 3-4 classes.
Students outside the College of Fine Arts are an important part of this program. You are welcome and encouraged to attend. Over half the participating students come from majors outside the School of Art and College of Fine Arts. While most of you will take the art, art history and theater courses we offer, you are strongly encouraged to work out an independent study course or project to complete in the U.K. with an OU professor from your own discipline or major.
Graduate students find this program extraordinarily useful. Most return to OU with many new ideas that enrich their own art making and transform their thesis show. Art History grad students find that viewing original works of art on a daily basis much improves their understanding of art history, and many conduct research in London and Edinburgh directly related to their MA thesis.
We will reside in very nice apartments just off Russell Square and almost next door to the British Museum. Whether you decide to take the Underground train, a bus or walk, this is a perfect location in central London. Students will share these large furnished apartments (the British call them flats) with 4-6 other students. Each fully furnished flat has a fully equipped kitchen, a TV, dishwasher and large refrigerator. A laundry room with washers and driers are available for free in your building. These facilities enable you to cook your own meals and launder your clothes in the comfort of your apartment while in London. Click here to view Acorn London Flats.
WiFi access in your London flat.
We will travel to Edinburgh together by train in early June. We will stay in this fabulous city 4 days and 3 nights. Many students describe the visit to Edinburgh as one of the highlights of the program. This year we will stay at the very stately George Hotel, located at 19-21 George St. You will share your hotel room with one other person. This hotel is perfectly located, just a 5 minute walk from the train station and a single street away from Princes Street in the very center of downtown Edinburgh. For photos Click Here
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 & simple 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 have our own private bus tour of London complete with professional guide on our first full day in London.
We will take 2 all day bus trips outside of London. A professional guide travels with us both days. Our first trip will take us to prehistoric Stonehenge and Avebury, which takes us into the picturesque countryside of Wiltshire. The second adventure will be to Cambridge, the beautiful, famous university town in East Anglia.
You will attend a Shakespearean play at the famous outdoor New Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames. You will also attend one world class West End play such as War Horse.
At dusk 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. Click here for the London Eye
While most museums have free admission to their permanent collections, they all charge a fee for special exhibitions. The program will pay for some of these special admission fees.
We will share a group meal on our final evening in London. This will be held at the trendy and lively Brown's Restaurant, located in Covent Garden. You will have a three-course meal chosen from a special menu. For details about this restaurant, click here.
As a participant in an Ohio University study abroad program, you are automatically enrolled in a supplemental health insurance plan through HTH Worldwide Health 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 and Edinburgh. 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 $29.65/month/student, and is included in the program fee.
It is your responsibility to book your round trip ticket to & from London. Keep in mind that there are two London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. Heathrow is much closer to central London than Gatwick, and consequently the cost of traveling to our apartments is less. Gatwick does provide an excellent and direct train that takes you into central London within 30 minutes.
Some students decide to remain in Europe after the program ends, flying back from an airport other than London. Please feel free to do this, keeping in mind that you will not be able to rent your London apartment after the program ends on June 12 unless you make individual reservations in advance.
Some of you may wish to travel from Heathrow Airport with your instructors on a shuttle bus that will take us directly to our London apartments. If you wish to do this, you MUST purchase a ticket on the same flight that your professors will be traveling on. Please contact Jody Lamb for details regarding this flight if you wish to take advantage of this direct transportation. If this service does not matter to you, you will be provided with detailed travel instructions from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to your apartment.
Please Remember Regarding Dates: The day you depart from the USA is May 8, 2016, meaning you arrive in London on May 8, 2016. Do NOT book a ticket that gets you to London on May 7, because your apartment will not yet be available. Should you book a ticket arriving in London on May 7 you would need to book your own hotel for that night.
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 canceled if the minimum number of students do not enroll. This means that if the program has to be canceled 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.
All students must pay for the cost of tuition, just as you would if you were attending summer classes on the Athens campus. All participants must enroll as a full time student (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students, or 9 credit hours for graduate students). The tuition fees for the 2015-16 academic year (including summer 2016) are:
The schedule for these fees can be found on the Bursar’s website by clicking here.
The kitchens in your apartments are fully equipped, so you will be able to cook all your meals there if you choose. There are two grocery stores at the Brunswick Centre just 3 minutes from our flats. We are also literally surrounded by restaurants, many of which are inexpensive due to the fact that the University of London is nearby, and there are several local pubs that serve good food.
If you buy your train ticket to/from Edinburgh after arriving in London, this can cost you anywhere from $200-$400 or more depending upon the rate you are then able to book. Most students prefer to buy a Britrail Flexipass in advance while still in the USA. Keep in mind that you cannot purchase this in Great Britain.
The Britrail Flexipass or Flexible Pass will get you to and from Edinburgh and leave you with 1-2 additional day trips anywhere in Great Britain (although not Ireland) at no additional cost. You qualify for the Youth Britrail Flexipass if you are 25 years old or younger. The current cost of a standard class youth Britrail Flexipass pass for 3 days of travel within a 2-month period is $215, while 4 days of travel within 2 months is $269. Please note these are quotes for 2013, as 2015 prices are not yet available. For details & options click here.
Course specific lists of required supplies or texts will be provided to you by each of your instructors. The art history courses will require just an inexpensive text.
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 the US Post Office, 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.
This is difficult to estimate, as it varies tremendously from student to student, depending upon how frugal you are. London is a very expensive city, so it is easy to spend a great deal of money if you are not careful.
Program Fee: $3,560
Study Abroad Administrative Fee: $150
Out-of-Pocket Costs (estimates):
Total Out-of-Pocket Costs: $3,915
Participation is limited to the first 24 accepted students and enrollment in this program is on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, meaning that the first 20 students who apply and are accepted will participate. The program may be full before we reach the official application deadline so you are strongly recommended to apply early.
You must fill out the Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) online application form to apply for the program. This form is available on the homepage of the OEA website by clicking here. You need TWO letters of recommendation. The OEA will inform you by email whether or not you have been offered a place on the program a few days after Jody Lamb reviews your application.
1. You have submitted the online program application form available at the Global Opportunities website.
2. You have received an official nomination email from Professor Lamb and you have followed the instructions in the nomination email to officially confirm your acceptance.
3. You have paid your $500 deposit (see below). No one else will be accepted after 20 students make their deposit, but we will keep a waiting list in case someone drops out.
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 Summer Semester fees are applied.
Please also check the extensive Funding for education abroad page on the Global Opportunities website. Click here for the Office of Global Opportunities website.
You can also use part of your financial aid package towards the cost of this program. If you want to know for sure exactly what and how your financial aid will work I recommend that you make an appointment as soon as possible to meet with Julie Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Financial Aid office. You will need to email her to make an appointment. She does not do walk-ins. Take a copy of the student budget worksheet with you to the meeting. She can also advise you on options that may be available to you for paying for this program.
GSS travel scholarships of a maximum of $500 are available. Follow this link for specifics: http://www.ohio.edu/gss/grants/travel/index.cfm
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunites 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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Jody Lamb, Associate Dean
College of Fine Arts
Jennings House, 54 East Union Street
Athens, OH 45701
Please contact Cherita King at 597-2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is at the Walter International Education Center, 15 Park Place (directly beside Baker Center). Click here to go to the Office of Global Opportunities.