Big Ben

Location:London, United Kingdom
Program Type: UMSL Faculty-Led Program
Dates: August 2-16, 2014
Course:  Calotypes to Gum Prints: Studies of 19th Century English Photography
Faculty Director: Dan Younger, Professor of Photography

Course Description:

This class will investigate the history of photography in England from it’s inception in 1835 at the hands of Henry Fox Talbot through the works of the Linked Ring Society, a group of artists in the late 19th century who experimented with various printing techniques in an attempt to prove that photography was an art form.

The class will tour museums in London including the Victoria and Albert Museum where we will be allowed to view hidden gems of their photographic collection in a private viewing room, some collected by Queen Victoria herself. We will also visit the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern, all available by the “Tube”, London’s subway system.

The in-class presentations will be enhanced by visits to several significant sites outside of London. All of the sites are easily accessed by train. We'll travel to Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot’s ancestral home, where we will tour the Abbey, visit the restored living quarters of the Fox Talbot family and view the spot where the first negative was made in 1835. We will then tour the Talbot Museum in the town of Lacock with it’s director, the renowned historian Roger Wilson. Before leaving for our return trip to London, we will dine at the Sign of the Angel, a 16th century inn.

We will also visit the town of Bradford and tour the Eastman Museum. We will be given access to the extensive collection of the Royal Photographic Society in the museum’s private research rooms. We will also view the huge collection of cameras and film equipment collected by members of the Society. Other possible side trips will be to the historically significant town of Bath to tour Fenton House, the home of the Royal Photographic Society. 

There will be plenty of time during the two weeks to visit the attractions of London, Trafalgar Square, the Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.

An optional overnight trip to Paris on the weekend can be arranged via the Eurostar which travels under the English Channel.

Around London: Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Tate Modern Museum
Away from London: National Media Museum in Bradford; Bath, Lacock Abbey, and Stonehenge

Accommodations:  Flats in London with a small kitchenette. Private bedrooms, shared living space.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2014

Eligibility Requirements:UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements.This program welcomes undergraduates, graduate students, and life-long learners.

Estimated Costs*

Tuition (3 credits, 2013-2014 rates) $947.40
Program Fee $1500
Airfare $1,300
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000
Total $4,747.40

*Subject to change. Non-credit fee: $840

Program Fee includes •Health insurance •Accomodations •Some meals •All excursions •In-country transportation

Not Included in the Program Fee •Roundtrip airfare •Personal expenses (estimate $500 depending on personal habits) •Passport

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Important Dates:
Application and Deposit Deadline: February 17, 2014
Acceptance Documents Deadline:
Remaining Program Fee Deadline:
Online Orientation Completion:
Mandatory SA In Person Oriention:
Mandatory Program Orientation:

For Additional Information:
Dan Younger, Professor of Photography (,  314-516-6968)
Nate Daugherty, Study Abroad Coordinator; (, 314-516-6497)

Scholarships: available through International Studies and Programs for all accepted UMSL full-time, degree-seeking students with a 2.75 GPA or above.

Application Process:
Students will need to submit the following documents to the Study Abroad Office. Forms are available online.

1. Fill out the Study Abroad Application Form
2. Non-refundable*** $500 deposit (due at time of application - check payable to UMSL)
3. Scholarship application and scholarship essay (UMSL students only/optional)
4. Non-UMSL applicants are required to submit a $100 application fee. The application fee is payable by check or money order to 'UMSL'.
5. Non-UMSL students must also submit a letter of recommendation and transcript

Application and non-refundable deposit are due by February 17, 2014 for priority application acceptance. Additional documents and remaining program fees to be paid in full are due by DATE.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:
Faculty-led program participants are required to complete the online study abroad orientation, which covers health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Participants may or may not have to attend an in-person orientation; you will be notified by the program coordinator via e-mail regarding the specific requirements for your program. Non-UM-St. Louis students residing in the St. Louis area are welcome to attend. Please notify the Study Abroad Office if you will be attending so that we may send you a parking permit and directions, details and location.

Important Information Regarding Fees and Registration:
There are two fees for faculty-led programs:Tuition and Program Fee. Each fee must be paid separately.
1. Program fees must be paid by check or money order made out to UMSL and sent or brought to the Study Abroad Office. Credit cards are NOT accepted for program fees.
2. Tuition will be billed to your student account by the Cashier's Office after registration is complete. Non-UMSL credit participants will be notified via e-mail by the Study Abroad Office as to how they can make payments online or through the Cashier's Office. If not participating for credit, the non-credit fee is payable by check made out to UMSL and must be sent to the Study Abroad Office.

* Additional spots may be made available. This program requires a minimum number of participants for the program to be viable. Should that number not be reached, applicants will be contacted to discuss alternative opportunities.
** UMSL reserves the right to revise the program fee if there are fluctuations in the exchange rate and departure fees. Participants are responsible for any increase in rates.
***Deposit will be refunded only if you are not selected to participate in the program or the program is cancelled by behalf of the university.

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