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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Munich, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2016 06/01/2016
NOTE: Priority Deadline: December 4, 2015. Will be extended if program is not full.

** 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 2016
Program 1: May 16 - June 1, 2016

Program 2: July 16 - August 1, 2016 
Priority Application Deadline: December 4, 2015
Applications accepted on a space-available basis until February 1, 2016

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 using exact replicas of Galileo's telescopes to observe the night sky, getting to examine and handle centuries-old books at a rare books library, exploring the largest museum in the world dedicated to the history of science and technology, visiting the production facilities of automotive giant BMW, and touring the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

Students will gain exposure to, and an enhanced comprehension of, contemporary European societies during this international experience. Students will visit places such as Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden, and Utrecht in the Netherlands, as well as Munich, Germany. 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:
  • Use exact replicas of Galileo's telescopes to observe the night sky in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Ger hands-on experience examining and handling rare, centuries-old scientific and mathematical texts in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Tour the production facilities of automotive giant BMW in Munich, Germany
  • Tour Dachau concentration camp in Munich, Germany
  • Free time to explore Amsterdam and Munich

Course Structure:

ORIENTATION:  Three mandatory pre-departure meetings will be held, times and dates TBD.  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.

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, 2016

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 Statement of Purpose

This program has a priority deadline of December 4, 2015.  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, 2016, 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, and 2015. 

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.

Breakfasts are included in the program fees, all other meals 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 $3,750*.  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 12 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, 2016
  • Second payment of $1150 is due on March 16, 2016
  • Third payment of $1100 is due on April 16, 2016
Program fees are due IN FULL before departure.

Apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Grant by visiting the Education Abroad website.  Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify for the maximum scholarship award amount. Grant awards will be dispersed into student's PASS account approximately two weeks before program 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 $115 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 or Italy.  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

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


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