Art and Gardens of Italy, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland

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Begins - Ends Duration Deadline
May 7, 2015 - May 27, 2015 TBD Final: Jan 15, 2015
Web Site Program Information:
Dr. Timothy Smalley
1107 M Plant Sci
Athens, GA 30602
Telephone: 706-542-0788

Students must register for HORT 3900 and CLAS 4390



HORT 3900: European Garden Tour. 3 semester hours. Faculty Dr. Tim Smalley and Dr. Marc van Iersel.

Exploring the influence of culture, history, politics, literature, art, climate, and topography on garden design history and plant selection.  Immersion into the culture, history, literature, music, art, food, beverages, geology, and climatology of each of the countries that we visit. Discussion of the influence of art, literature, history, geology, and climate on different historical periods of gardening.


CLAS 4390 The Grand Tour: Visions and Revisions of Classical Antiquity

Faculty: Dr. Mario Erasmo

Instruction: Retrace the steps of Goethe, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and D.H. Lawrence, as you study ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Impressionist sites, monuments, and art.  Visit the same palazzi, piazze, fountains, villas, museums, churches, gardens, and cemetaries that influenced artists and collectors who brought back antiquities and classicizing aesthetics to England, Northern Europe, and the U.S.  Guided by the experiences and legacy of visitors to Italy and France over the centuries, students will write travelogues inspired by their own Grand Tour.

Form: Lecture and Field Work
Language: English
Attend Classes with UGA Students
Faculty U.S. Faculty

No course prerequisites, GPA in good standing, 18 years old minimum age.

Credit TBD
Estimated Cost TBD

Included in program fee.

Other Details

Itinerary. In the words of a former participant, "... once in a lifetime chance to see some of the world's greatest works of art and architecture." The itinerary is designed for participants to be able to see anything (in a planned visit or in free time) that a typical tourist might see along the itinerary. Unlike most other study abroad programs, you will not have to spend additional money for trains or hotels to visit other cities on weekends, as we will have free time in and/or be staying in the most popular destinations of the countries that we visit. Pictures of the sites that we will visit are available at .

You will finish in Dublin as a seasoned traveler, and you can continue your travels in Europe or even join another Summer Study Abroad Program. We travel in May, as May is the cheapest and best time to travel in Europe (no crowds, no heat), and we like to get back to the U.S. early enough to give students time for summer jobs and internships.

Scholarships. At least three 500-dollar scholarships are available for this tour. Through additional fundraising last year, we provided a total of six scholarships. For students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, travel scholarships of 400 dollars apiece were available for students last year.


Scholarships: Two course-specific scholarships ($500) are available. Students have obtained scholarships through the numerous scholarships listed on the OIE website.

Disability Statement TBD