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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
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Summer 2019 04/15/2019 ** 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.
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Anatomy, Chemistry, Commerce, History, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Medical Science, Medicine, Science, Social Science, Transportation Engineering
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HIST 3890 - The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Summer 2018: May 20 - June 6, 2018

Priority Application Deadline: December 6, 2017
Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2018


Course Description
Study the history of European science and Europe! Visit observatories, museums, and institutes related to the history of science in Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Each city is breathtakingly beautiful, unique, and teeming with important scientific history and engineering marvels. Students will have the opportunity to do things such as viewing the moon through exact replicas of Galileo's telescope, getting up close (and in the air) to study the engineering of one of Budapest's famous bridges, and walking in Freud's footsteps through Vienna to learn the history of psychoanalysis. This two-and-a-half week course, during the Summer 2018 Pre-session, will count for two genderal education requirements: International Education and Historical Perspectives. 

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. The content of readings, lectures, discussions, and assignments will focus on 6 specific themes: the Scientific Revolution and its effects on European society; the history of manufacturing, commerce, and industry; the history of transportation technology and its role in shaping modern Europe economic and social history; the scientific and technological foundation of international trade, slavery, and imperialism; the impact of modernism in science and society; and the impact of scientific technological developments on race, class, and gender in Europe.

In addition to these, students will also gain exposure to and an enhanced comprehension of contemporary European societies during the international experience. Thus students in this course will develop not only an understanding of European history through learning experiences at numerous museums, institutes, and other historical sites, but also a more sophisticated appreciation for 21st-century realities of society and culture in Europe.

Course Highlights
  • Use exact replicas of Galileo's telescopes to observe the night sky in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Get hands-on experience examining and handling rare, centuries-old scientific and mathematical texts in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Tour a unique World War II Era hospital built inside a cave in Budapest, Hungary
  • Visit Sigmund Freud's former office and home, now a museum of psychiatry in Vienna, Austria
  • Free time to explore Amsterdam, Vienna, and Budapest


Course Structure
PRE-DEPARTURE: Program participants will be required to attend 3 mandatory pre-departure meetings as well as write a short research paper in the three weeks before the program departure date. Students are also required to attend the Education Abroad Health & Safety Session facilitated by the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office.

IN-COUNTRY: While in Europe, students will attend lectures, participate in discussions on readings and sites visited, complete short, informal writing assignments on course content, and participate in a service learning project. 

RE-ENTRY: Upon returning home, students will complete a take-home exam, submit a report about their service-learning project, and give a presentation about their experiences in their program. 

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Pre-Summer Session 2018

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 6, 2017.  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, 2018, 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 both the International Education and Historical Perspectives General Education requirements.


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 annually from 2012-2017. 

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.Students should plan to spend approximately $400-$500 on meals for the duration of the program. 


Program Fees

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

The estimated program cost is $3,600* for UW-Platteville students and $4,200 for Non-UWP students as they are not eligible to receive the PACCE grant. This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, textbooks, transportation (international airfare and in Europe), accommodation, entrance to course related excursions and site visits, and international medical and accident insurance. 
The program fee will be charged to your PASS account in full. All regular registration and late fees will apply.
*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: $500-700.
  • 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
Students will have two weeks upon their acceptance to commit to the program. Program fees are due IN FULL before departure.

UW-Platteville student applicants should apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Scholarship by visiting the Education Abroad website. Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify. Scholarship awards will be dispersed to student's PASS account.
The History of Science & Technology in Europe program will also be awarding two $200 scholarships that can be applied for within the program application.

Withdrawal Policy:

Students who withdraw on or after the day of commitment 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 (i.e. airfare, housing, tickets, etc.) 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. You can apply for a passport here in Platteville at the local post office. For more information, visit their website

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter Austria, Hungary, or the Netherlands. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for their country of citizenship. 

For More Information Contact

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

Program Co-Leader:
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                                                 

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