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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
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 10/01/2018 11/01/2018 05/11/2019 05/29/2019
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 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 2018
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

May 5 -Flight to Rome May 14  -Free day in Paris to see
-Musee d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe
May 6 -Arrive Rome then bus to Pompeii
-Visit to Pompeii Archaeological Site
-Group Dinner at hotel
-Overnight Pompeii
May 15 -TGV to Ashford, England
-Sissinghurst, Stourhead
-Overnight Bath
May 7 -Greek temples at Paestum
-Naples Archeological Museum
-Overnight Rome for two nights
May 16 -Iford Manor, Rousham,
-Overnight London for two nights
May 8 -Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, S. Andrea della Fratte,
Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona
-Capitoline Museum
-Free afternoon in Rome
May 17
-Free time in London to see Big Ben,
-Buckingham Palace, Tower of London,
-Westminster Abbey, theater
May 9 -Villa d’Este, Villa Lante
-Group dinner at Il Latini
-Overnight Florence for two nights
May 18 -Regents Park, National Gallery, British Museum
-Train to Edinburgh
-Twilight Tour of Edinburgh
May 10 -Accademia, Giardino dei Semplici, Boboli
-Free afternoon in Florence
May 19 -Free day in Edinburgh
May 11 -Villa Medici Fiesole, Villa Gamberaia
-Flight from Florence to Paris (Orly)
-Overnight Paris for four nights
May 20 -Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden,
-Little Sparta
-Ferry to Belfast
-Overnight Antrim
May 12 -Giverny
-Parc Jean Jacques Rousseau
-Vaux le Vicomte
May 21 -Mount Stewart
-Free time in Dublin
-Overnight Dublin for two nights
May 13
-Versailles garden and fountain show
May 22 -Kilruddery House
-Overnight Dublin

                                                                        May 23 - Fly Home


 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 $2850 (including the deposit).  Estimated UGA tuition and fees are $1277.  The total expected costs (program, tuition, fees, airfare, and meals) are $7000. Scholarships are available to students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Apply here. 

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Program Reviews:
Anna Fitzgerald Mathews, Maymester 2017 Participant
I thought there was a great balance of gardens and museums that we visited. I enjoyed all the sites we visited and I thought that each one was important to visit in order to understand the material we were learning. I think the order in which we visited each place made sense and there was a great balance of time spent in each location.

Anna Fitzgerald Mathews, Maymester 2017 Participant
I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see many different cities and cultures in a short time and gain an appreciation for European art and garden history. If you go on this trip I recommend bring a good camera because there are so many moments that you will want to photograph, especially in the gardens. It is a once in a lifetime trip and you should definitely go if you have the opportunity.

Anna Fitzgerald Mathews, Maymester 2017 Participant
Given the relatively low cost of this trip, the housing exceeded my expectations. All the hotels were in great locations in each city that allowed easy access to the places we wanted to visit. All the hotels were very clean and I never felt unsafe.

Truly immerse yourself in the program. You travel so much, that you won't get as much time in the cities as you would staying in one place for the entire time. It is a great program, but you have to make it enjoyable for you. Take time to explore the many sites and enjoy the cultural experience each night. Do not sit in your hotel each night doing homework. Get out and live up the experience.
     — Joshua Truitt, Maymester 2017
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