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  • Locations: London, England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Housing Options: Apartment, Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: NO Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Landscape Architecture
Program Description:

Program Overview 

LARC 3933 & 4123 are conducted during a five-week study of urban design, landscapes, and cultures in Italy, France, and Great Britain. Although listed separately, as you would expect from a tour that combines urban, rural and estate sites, they these courses will be seamlessly combined throughout the period of travel. Individuals Students will be encouraged to assimilate recognize the culture, physical and ecological context of what they are seeing in the built and managed environments , historical and political ramifications, and the overall correlation to their own American experience.  Be prepared to find that the United States is not the center of the world’s universe!   that they visit.
Unlike any previous studio courses, this tour will allow you to experience and analyze through immersion and direct experience in sites.  You will record your observations and ideas through a travel journal (sketchbook – harkening back to travel writers and learned designers on European Tours of the past)is intended to go beyond the normal pattern of learning through on-site lectures, sketching, analysis. Exposure to different ways of living and new environments will enrich your understanding of cultural and environmental diversity. 
The tour begins with a study of ancient Rome and Renaissance Italian art, architecture, and landscape architecture; the well-spring of important  is essential because of Italy’s role in the establishment and dissemination of design principles and aesthetics that were imported throughout to Europe  and onto the ‘new’ world.and the world. Likewise,The subsequent examination of French and English landscape architecture and art is a viable component in this course important because of significant and influential contributions to the profession in times past and present. The French and English have either been at war (or suspicious arm’s length) or culturally integrated during their tenuous history.  Architecture and landscape gardening were cross-influenced due to the relative, short distance across the English Channel and trade between the two countries.  The geographic separation of England from France also allowed each country to develop its own style and independence. Both both France and England were heavily influenced early by Roman occupation, and thus your travel to Italy on the first part of the European experience is necessary for a fuller grasp of these three countries. Both also exhibit a rich and varied landscape formed by two millennia of post-Roman settlement.  Both countries also exported their ideas on design and architecture through imperialism which, in the case of England and then Britain as a whole, outstripped even Rome in geographical reach and influence.

Lodging Information



Costs are estimated; dates and fees confimed by February. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.  In many case, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program.  If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans.  Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships (check eligibility criteria).

Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.  This list is NOT comprehensive.  Check out other funding opportunities on our website. 

Contact Us

For assistance with the application process, understanding costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Brian Poepsel in the Office of Study Abroad

Brian Poepsel
722 West Maple Street,
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tel. (479) 575-7582 or

For questions about program details related to coursework, specific site visits or academic questions, contact faculty leaders:  
Kimball Erdman

Carl Smith



Students must:
  • Have completed the third year in the LARC program
  • Be sufficiently prepared academically for the coursework abroad
  • Meet academic standards as determined by the LARC program



Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! 


This program is currently not accepting applications.