Where: London and Edinburgh
Who: Open to all students
When: March 7-16, 2013
This study abroad program will provide students ten days in England and Scotland, visiting the cities of London, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Edinburgh, Wiltshire, Bath, Roslin, Stirling, and Dunfermline. Originating in London, students will explore the Tower of London where they will be provided the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels, visit the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, and learn about the gruesome events that gave the Bloody Tower its name. Participants will witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, stroll through St. James Park, witness the scale of Big Ben, and possibly observe Houses of Parliament (if in session). While touring Westminster Abbey, students will learn about the origins of the Coronation Chair and be provided with the opportunity to visit the tombs of Elizabeth I, Mary I, Mary Queen of Scots, Chaucer, Newton, Darwin and others. Students will marvel at the sculptures and statues of Trafalgar Square before exploring the British National Gallery’s remarkable collection. A day trip to Wiltshire and Bath will provide students an opportunity to debate the mysteries of Stonehenge and observe the majesty of the Bath Abbey. Back in London students will be challenged to climb the 530 steps to St. Paul Cathedral’s Golden Gallery before taking in the innumerable relics of World civilization housed within British Museum. A day trip to Oxford and Stratford upon Avon will include a tour of Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens along with a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace and burial site. In Edinburgh students will explore Edinburgh Castle, have a chance to climb the 287 steps at the Scott Monument, and view works by Monet, Velazquez, Goya and others at the Scottish National Gallery. A day tip to Roslin and Stirling will provide students with tours of the Stirling and Rosslyn Castles before returning back to Edinburgh where they can choose to hike to Arthur’s seat for a final panoramic view of the city.
Costs: Approximately $2,200
Included: Round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for 7 nights, a daily European breakfast, full-time, on-site guide(s)/instructor(s): Professors Christopher Whitaker and Vincent Piazza, and travel insurance.
Not included: Tuition for GEO2420 (3 credit hours minimum required), required books, entrance fees to mandatory museums and sites (approx. €295.00 - roughly $390.00 USD) ground transportation (approx. €160.00 - roughly $208.00 USD), baggage fees, meals (estimated at $360.00), and additional spending money.
Course & Credits: GEO2420 – Cultural Geography (3 Credit Hours).
Professor Christopher Whitaker
Professor Vincent Piazza