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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Bern, Switzerland; Florence, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; Prato, Italy; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2019 06/04/2019
NOTE: Priority Application Deadline: December 5, 2018; Final Application Deadline February 1, 2019.

** 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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Area of Study:
Anatomy, Chemistry, Commerce, History, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Medical Science, Medicine, Science, Social Science, Transportation Engineering
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Study Abroad
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Short-Term Faculty-Led
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Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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HIST 3890 - The History of Science and Technology in Europe
Summer 2019: May 20 - June 4, 2019

Priority Application Deadline: December 5, 2018
Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2019


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.  The content of readings, lectures, discussions, and assignments will focus on six specific themes:
  • the Scientific Revolution and its effects on European society, with particular emphasis on astronomical discoveries and medical science 
  • the history of manufacturing, commerce, and industry 
  • the history of transportation technology and its role in shaping modern European economic and social history 
  • the scientific and technological foundations of international trade, slavery, and imperialism 
  • the impact of modernism in science and society 
  • the impact of scientific and 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.
On these bases, this course will address the key elements of the Liberal Arts areas requirements for General Education. As all Liberal Arts courses are expected to do, this course will: incorporate the use of written assignments; insist that students utilize critical thinking skills; expose students to issues related to ethnic, gender, and international studies; and involve varied measures for evaluating student learning.
As a course meeting the International Education requirement, this class will also require students to explore contemporary cultures and places on an international level as well as to become more aware, as the International Education outcomes specify, of the “challenges and ambiguities of human plurality.” This course will also count for UW-Platteville’s Historical Perspective requirement. In keeping with the parameters for such classes, this course will require students to be able to demonstrate what they have learned about past events and places, to explore varied circumstances and events that have shaped historical judgments and actions, and to interpret varied sources of historical change.
Course Highlights
  • Galileo Walking Tour in Rome and Florence, Italy
  • Tour of Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
  • Tour of intact sections of the ancient Roman aqueducts
  • Tour of Einstein House and Museum in Switzerland
  • Tour of CERN in Switzerland
  • Free time to explore various cities/towns in Italy and Switzerland


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 2019

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 5, 2018.  Applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed as a group within 1-2 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, 2019, 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 2012-2018. 

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 $75 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed.

The estimated program cost is $3650* for UW-Platteville students and $4,250 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 and SREF funding

Cost does NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), meals, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $450.
  • 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.

Withdrawal Policy:
Students who withdraw on or after the day of commitment will be financially responsible for any non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include the Education Abroad Office administrative fee, tution (tuition is non-recoverable as it is comprised of the participant’s share of the faculty leader’s salary, fringe benefits, and in-country expenses), and 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 cost of the program.

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 Italy and Switzerland. 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                                                      

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

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