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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Berlin, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study:
Anatomy, Chemistry, Commerce, History, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Medical Science, Medicine, Science, Social Science, Transportation Engineering
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Program Model:
Short-Term Faculty-Led
Language(s) of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
Years of Eligibility:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:


HIST 3890: The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Summer 2017

Due to the large number of applicants, the program leaders are planning to run the program twice this summer
Program 1 Dates: May 19 - June 3, 2017 *only accepting applications for Program 2 Dates at this time*
Program 2 Dates: June 24 - July 9, 2017

Priority Application Deadline: December 9, 2016
Applications accepted on a space-available basis until February 6, 2017

Course Description:

This course will examine the modern scientific and technological history of Europe over the past five centuries, with considerable attention to the ways in which those developments have been intertwined with Europe’s wider political, economic, social, and cultural history. Our course activities will include examining objects and documents on the history of medicine in France, viewing the lab where Marie Curie did her research, visiting the former home of Albert Einstein, seeing the first globe ever to include America following Columbus's expedition, exploring a museum dedicated to the history of science and technology, and touring the Auschwitz concentration camp outside Krakow, Poland.

Students will gain exposure to and an enhanced comprehension of contemporary European societies during this international experience. We will be visiting places such as Krakow, Poland, Berlin, Germany, and Paris and Lyon, France; in addition to guided tours of academic sites in each of these locations, students will have time to explore all of these cities on their own. A service-learning project will provide students with the opportunity to engage in an extended, small-group interaction with Europeans who will partner with us on the project. Thus students in this course will develop not only an understanding of European history through learning experiences at numerous museums, observatories, institutes, and other historical sites, but also a more sophisticated appreciation for 21st-century realities of society and culture in Europe.

Highlights may include:
  • Get hands-on experience with the technology of weaving in Lyon, France's historic silk district
  • See where Copernicus lived and worked
  • Walk through the sites of Marie Curie's important discoveries
  • Tour Auschwitz concentration camp outside Krakow, Poland
  • Free time in Paris, Berlin, and Krakow

Course Structure:

ORIENTATION:  Program participants will be required to attend 3 pre-departure meetings as well as write a short research paper in the weeks before the trip. Meetings will provide important logistical and academic information, including an overview of modern European history designed to provide students with adequate historical context to be able to understand and interpret the sites to be visited on the program. Students will also be required to attend the mandatory Health & Safety meeting facilitated by the Education Abroad Office in April. 

PROGRAM: Students will attend lectures, participate in discussions on course readings and sites visited, complete short, informal writing assignments on the course content, and participate in a service learning project. 

POST PROGRAM:  Upon returning, students will complete a take-home exam, submit a report about their service-learning project, and give a presentation about their experiences on the program. Additionally, students will be expected to attend and participate in a re-entry session organized by the Education Abroad Office.

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Pre-Summer Session 2017

Prerequisites: Freshman and above
                       2.5 GPA

Application Materials required:  This program requires a brief interview with one of the instructors, one letter of recommendation, and a statement of purpose

This program has a priority deadline of December 9, 2016.  Applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed as a group within two weeks of the deadline. This program has limited spots and the program will close when all available spots are filled. Students are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. If the program is not filled by the priority deadline, applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis until the program is full or by February 1, 2017, whichever comes first.  Any application received after the priority deadline will be reviewed upon completion.

Course load: One 3-credit course

Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit

This course satisfies the criteria for General Education Requirements in International Education and Historical Perspective.

 Program Leaders:

Dr. Adam Stanley is an Associate Professor of History. Elizabeth Holden is a Lecturer in the Engineering Physics department. The instructors have co-led this program in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. 


 Housing and Meals:

Students will stay in hotels and hostels and share double or quadruple occupancy rooms with other program participants. Room type may vary from location to location depending on available options.

All breakfasts are included; all lunches and dinners are out-of-pocket expenses.


 Program Fees:

A $50 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed.

The estimated program cost is $3,650*.  This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, textbooks, transportation (international airfare and in Europe), accommodation, entrance to course related excursions and site visits, and emergency medical and accident insurance. 
*Program cost based on 16 students

Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), meals, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $600-800.
  • Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
  • Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
  • Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Wisconsin GI Bill

Payment Schedule:
An initial deposit of $250 is due at the time the student commits to the program after being accepted.
  • First payment of $1150 is due on February 8, 2017
  • Second payment of $1125 is due on March 8, 2017
  • Third payment of $1125 is due on April 8, 2017
Program fees are due IN FULL before departure.

Cancellation Policy:
Students who withdraw prior to the first deposit will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable $50 application fee).  Students who withdraw on or after the date of the first deposit will be financially responsible for a $165 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor.  Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. 


Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date. To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Visa Requirements:
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter France, Germany, or Poland.  Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship. 

For more information:

Program Instructor:
Liz Holden
Engineering Physics
Phone: 608-342-1397
Office: 219 Engineering Hall

Program Instructor:
Adam Stanley
Phone: 608-342-6012
Office: Gardner Hall 150                                                      

Program Coordinator
Alyssa Shaff
Education Abroad Office
Phone: 608-342-6151
Office: Royce Hall 102                                                 


Program Ratings:
Academic Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Value: 1 2 3 4 5
Accommodation: 1 2 3 4
Food: 1 2 3 4 5
Safety: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Provider Administration: 1 2 3 4 5
Host Country Program Administration: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
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