This program studies the factors that have shaped constructed landscapes in Europe with an emphasis on sustainability and local connections. A study abroad experience that examines European constructed landscapes including gardens, parks, golf courses and farms through site visits, group discussions, lectures and student presentations. Each of the sites visited as part of the course is analyzed at the following levels:
Historical: how the site fits in the context of unique periods of European landscape history; the socio-cultural, climatic and geographic factors that influence particular approaches to constructed landscapes; how landscapes reflect history
Artistic: the creative structure, visual appeal and sense of place; the design of each site and of individual components therein can demonstrate a wide range of principles that can be used as inspiration for current landscape needs.
Horticultural: the specific manipulation of plants to achieve design and functional intent can be highlighted (e.g. herbaceous borders, kitchen gardens, green walls, green roofs, naturalistic landscapes, formal landscapes, pruning for architecture, combinations of plants, specimen plants, shade plants, sun plants, wet-site plants, etc). A wide range of management practices can also be examined.
The historical, artistic, and horticultural components of constructed landscapes contribute to their sustainability. Each year, the program emphasizes specific components. The 2014 theme seeks to explore how the sites examined fit in the context of the local community and about the kind of connections that may exist to local institutions and organizations.
The program will begin in Preston, which is the administrative, commercial, industrial, and cultural center of the county of Lancashire in the northwest of England. The town has approximately 129,000 people and provides a wide range of educational and leisure opportunities and facilities. The northwest corner of England includes important industrial/population centers such as Liverpool and Manchester as well as the tranquil and pastoral Lake District in Cumbria.
Courses and Credits
The orientation will take place on Columbus' campus the first two weeks of May, the second two weeks of May students will travel to England. Students will earn 3 credit hours of Horticulture and Crop Science 5797.01 as a result of this program. The credit hours can be used in a number of ways at the discretion of the students' major, department, or college coordinating advisor.
Students will stay in modest accommodations in London and in the residence halls of Myerscough College. These are modern, double occupancy rooms with a private bathroom, and lounge area. Regular access to computers for work and e-mail are available. Students will be responsible for their own meals; a cafeteria and convenience store are located within the college. A fully equipped gym and extensive sports facilities are available. Students are encouraged to participate in on-going campus activities to increase their exposure to English life. Weekends will have flexible programs that provide opportunity for personal activities.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee includes lodging, all breakfasts, meals while on campus, international health insurance and required lectures and tours. It does not cover international airfare, your personal expenses such as your passport or vaccinations.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeye Link
. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Special Petition Process
In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued or already in place for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* The petition must be submitted one month before the application deadline. The International Travel Policy Committee will review the petition. For further information, and to obtain the petition form, please contact the OIA study abroad coordinator.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must (insert program-specific eligibility) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(geographic health recommendations)
The Artistry, History and Horticulture of European Gardens - England: go.osu.edu/EnglandHorticultureGardens
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html
. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.
*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.