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  • Locations: Antrim, United Kingdom; Bath, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Florence, Italy; London, United Kingdom; Naples, Italy; Nice, France; Paris, France; Pompeii, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research, Independent Study
Classes With: UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Type:

Included in program fee.

Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
College/School: CAES Academic Area: Classical Culture, Horticulture
Minimum number of credit hours: 3 Maximum number of credit hours: 3
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

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UGA- CAES- Art and Gardens of Italy, France, England, Scotland and Ireland

A once in a lifetime chance to see some of the world’s greatest works of art and architecture.  Tour the art and gardens of Italy, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland.  Visit the same palaces, villas, museums, churches, gardens, and cemeteries that inspired artists and authors who brought back antiquities and classicizing aesthetics.

Program Location

img-responsiveYou'll have the opportunity to see the Greek temples in Paestum, the Ruins of Pompeii, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the statue of David, the Mona Lisa, the Eiffel Tower, Monet’s garden, Versailles, the Louvre, and the British Museum, with free time to explore Rome, Florence, Paris, London, Edinburgh, and Dublin.

Contact Information

Dr. Tim Smalley
Dept. of Horticulture
Tel: 706.542.0788

Dr. Smalley forged his plantsmen and gardening expertise as a student gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland; a tree farmer at Walt Disney World; and assistant director of the botanical garden at Cornell University. He conducts research in the effect of soil amendments (biostimulants, porous ceramics, hydrogels, mycorrhiza, bark, poultry litter, municipal solid waste) on growth and water stress tolerance of ornamental plants. Dr. Smalley teaches Woody Plant Identification and Use, Landscape Horticulture, and Horticulture Professionalism. He is the departmental undergraduate, scholarship, internship, and jobs coordinator, and he coadvises the Hort Club. Dr. Smalley holds a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the university's highest honor for excellence in instruction. He has led this study abroad class since 2001 and has led over 30 European Garden Tours. 

Academic Program

UGA - CAES - Art and Gardens of Italy, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland
Course Offerings: May 2020
HORT 3900 - Horticultural Study Tour
An introduction to garden plants materials, design, history, and technology
 of other parts of the world.
Tours will last approximately two weeks. Presentations during tours of gardens will be supplemented with traditional lectures. Contact hours will be approximately 45.

Program Itinerary

Art and Gardens of Italy, France, Great Britain, and Ireland
May 11 to May 29, 2019
May 11 Saturday
Flight to Rome
May 12 Sunday
Arrive Rome then bus to Pompeii
Visit to Pompeii Archaeological Site
Group Dinner at hotel
Overnight Pompeii
May 13 Monday
Greek temples at Paestum
Naples Archaeological Museum  
Overnight Rome for two nights
May 14 Tuesday
Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, S. Andrea della Fratte, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona
Capitoline Museum
Free afternoon in Rome
May 15  Wednesday
Villa d’Este, Villa Lante
Group dinner at Il Latini
Overnight Florence for two nights
May 16 Thursday
Accademia, Giardino dei Semplici, Boboli
Free afternoon in Florence
May 17 Friday
Villa Medici Fiesole, Villa Gamberaia
Bus to nice
Hanbury Botanical Garden
Overnight Nice for one night
May  18 Saturday
Free day in Nice
Overnight Train to Paris
May 19  Sunday
Overnight Paris for two nights
May 20 Monday
Free afternoon to see Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe
May 21 Tuesday
TGV to Ashford, England
Overnight Bath
May 22 Wednesday
Iford Manor, Stourhead, Rousham,
Overnight London for two nights
May 23 Thursday
Free time in London to see Big Ben,
Buckingham Palace, Tower of London,
Westminster Abbey, theater
May 24 Friday
Regency Park
National Gallery
British Museum
Train to Edinburgh (4:00 departure)
Overnight in Edinburgh for two nights
May  25 Saturday
Free day in Edinburgh to see
Edinburgh castle, climb Arthur’s seat
May 26 Sunday
Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Little Sparta
ferry to Belfast
overnight Antrim
May 27 Monday
Mount Stewart
Free time in Dublin
Overnight Dublin for two nights
May 28 Tuesday
Kilruddery House
Group Dinner
Overnight Dublin
May 29
Fly home from Dublin


 Students stay in hotels centrally located in each city that we visit except Antrim. All breakfasts are included except for two nights in Edinburgh. Three evening meals are provided: one on the first night in Pompeii, another to provide a typical Tuscan meal in Florence, and final night meal in Dublin. No lunches are provided. Students are given plenty of time to explore near the hotels for places to eat and visit in the evening. 

Program Costs

The estimated cost of the program is $3000 (including the deposit).  Estimated UGA tuition and fees are $1277.  The total expected costs (program, tuition, fees, airfare, and meals) are $6150. Because this tour visits so many places, students will not incur weekend travel costs typical of other programs that have only one location. Numerous students have had their trip totally financed through applying for scholarships available through the UGA Office of International Education. Scholarships are available to students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Apply here.

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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2019 Participant
Going on this trip will be one of the best decisions of your life! This trip surpassed any and all expectations I had. I have been recommending this trip to everyone I know.

Allison Mae Griner, Maymester 2017 Participant
A trip that will give you so much adventure, but will leave you wanting so much more. It will teach you to become a traveller!

Anna Fitzgerald Mathews, Maymester 2017 Participant
I appreciated that breakfast was provided at almost all the hotels. I really enjoyed the two group dinners we had and wish we had more of those. However, I did appreciate the opportunity to have most of the meals on our own so we could explore the cities and find local restaurants that wouldn't be able to accommodate large groups.

This experience broadened my global perspective and made me more independent, providing me with the confidence to travel both in and out of the US.
     — Margaret Brigham, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.