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Exploring Art in London: Winter Break


Exploring Art in London: 2015-16 Winter Break December 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016

Region: London, Great Britain

Title: Exploring Art in London

Schedule: Winter Break

School: College of Fine Arts/School of Art + Design

Contact: Jody Lamb
Phone: 740-593-1811 or 740-593-0586

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

Application Form: Global Opportunities Application Form

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.


Scholarships Are Available

Applications are now open for the Merit, Need and Diversity Scholarships and the Grad/HCOM travel award. The merit and need are for undergrads only; diversity is open to both grads and undergrads. Deadline for these 4 awards is October 5 at 5:00 pm.

Students can find information and applications for these awards and others online by visiting our page dedicated to financial aid for Global Opportunities.


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 comfortable apartments ideally located in the center of London off Russell Square and very near the British Museum. From our apartments 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.


A brief summary of our group activities outside class time

  • A half day guided bus tour of London the morning after our arrival.
  • A ride on the London Eye ferris wheel, which provides one of the finest views of the city.
  • We will attend 2 world-class West End plays, including a musical such as War Horse. We often attend one play starring a famous British or American actor.
  • An elegant afternoon British tea at Fortnum and Mason’s famous restaurant.
  • A final dinner together at the trendy Brown’s restaurant.




Choose one (1) art history course that best fits your degree requirements

Each of the following undergraduate courses is a 3 credit hour class. Choose and signup for one (1) course only.

  • ART 1100: Seeing and Knowing the Visual Arts. Counts as a TIER 2 course.
  • AH 4900 (undergrads) or AH 5900 (graduate): 19th Century Art in London.
  • T3 4603: Cultural Traditions and the Arts. Counts as a TIER 3 course.


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 $2,240 includes the following:
Your Apartment
We will reside in very nice apartments (Byng Place Flatsjust 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. Free WiFi access is available in your flat. 

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.

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 Brown's special menu.

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.

London Transport

You will be given a pass that provides you with unlimited access to London Underground and bus systems.      

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 and additional program costs:

Air Transportation
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 26, 2015, meaning you arrive in London on December 27, 2015. Do NOT book a ticket that gets you to London Heathrow on December 26, because you will have no apartment 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 IMPORTANTThe following explains how undergraduate students can avoid paying the cost of tuition for this program

For undergraduate 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 2015-16 is $1,497 in-state and $2,823 for out-of-state and international students.

If you do have to pay Tuition for this program 3 credit hours of graduate tuition for 2015-16 is $1,749 in-state and $3,237 for out-of-state and international students.


[undergraduate estimate in Excel format]

Undergraduate Program Fee: $2,240

OU Administrative Fee: $150


Out-of-Pocket Costs (estimated):

Airfare: $1,350

Cell Phone: $50

Passport, Photos, Visa(s): $165

Incidentals/Personal expenses: $150

Meals (not included in program fees): $600




[graduate estimate in Excel format]

Graduate Program Fee: $3,563

OU Administrative Fee: $150


Out-of-Pocket Costs (estimated):

Airfare: $1,350

Cell Phone: $50

Passport, Photos, Visa(s): $165

Incidentals/Personal expenses: $150

Meals (not included in program fees): $600




Applying to the program: 
October 15, 2015 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. 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 10 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 visit the U.S. Passports and International Travel website to 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, read questions & answers when applying for a passport.

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 Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel. 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.

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. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country, check out the entry and exit requirements for this country.

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 OGO's Visa Information Page.

Find more information for NON-US citizens.


Program Director
If you have any questions, please contact Jody Lamb, Director of this program, work phone 740-593-1811, email address 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, Associate Dean
College of Fine Arts

Jennings House
54 East Union Street
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Alternate office located at 436 Seigfred Hall

phone: 740-593-1811 or 740-593-0586
fax: 740-593-0570

Office of Global Opportunities contact person:
Please contact Cherita King at 740-597-2721 or Her office is at the Walter International Education Center, 15 Park Place (directly beside Baker Center). To learn more visit us online at Office of Global Opportunities (OGO).

  1. You have submitted the online program application form available at the Education Abroad 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).