Design in Europe
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About the UK and Netherlands
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
- In York, you will stay in a hostel with breakfast included.
- In Edinburgh, you will stay in a hostel with breakfast included.
- In London, you will stay in single rooms in a dormitory, where English breakfast is included.
- In Utrecht, Netherlands you will stay in a hostel with breakfast included.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
During the program, breakfast is included with your accommodations. There are a number of lunches or dinners included during field trips (see syllabus). For the most part, students are on their own for lunches and dinners. You may decide to purchase groceries at the local market on your own or visit nearby restaurants to enjoy regional dishes.
In addition to a welcome meal at the beginning of the program in York to help you get to know your instructor and classmates, some group meals will be provided during the month. A farewell dinner at the end of the program in the Netherlands will give you an opportunity to say goodbye before continuing your travels or returning home.
The program will be based for the first ten days in the northern English city of York. We will work closely with York Museums Trust and other local cultural organizations. York is easy to navigate and has some of the finest museums in Britain including the National Railway Museum, and superb examples of Roman, Norman, Medieval and Georgian architecture and design. From York we will take day trips to Wakefield, famous for its Victorian architecture, the supremely landscaped Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the picturesque coastal town of Whitby. There will also be opportunities to visit other local design classics such as Castle Howard, or the vibrant cities of Liverpool and Manchester on the weekends.
The program then travels north to the stunning Scottish capitol of Edinburgh for a few days. Everyone falls in love with Edinburgh, famed for its castle, Georgian architecture and welcoming spirit. The National Museum of Scotland is one of our main visits, as is a day excursion to the city of Glasgow known for the work of architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Our third stop will be London, capitol of British style. Here we will spend seven days, experience some of the best contemporary British design and architecture, and visit behind-the-scenes of world class museums and professional design studios, including the V&A and the Design Museum, and study in the prestigious Central St. Martins School of Art and Design.
For the final week, we will travel to the Netherlands, a center for European design. Based in the city of Utrecht, a more compact version of Amsterdam, and home to superb examples of Dutch architecture and design, including the Centraal Museum and the Rietveld Schröder House. From Utrecht we will take day trips to Amsterdam, known for its centuries of progressive contemporary design, visiting the Stedelijk Museum and behind-the-scenes visits to professional design studios. We will also take day excursions to the contemporary city of Rotterdam, and to the Kröller-Müller Museum and sculpture park, an art and nature lovers paradise.
Study Abroad will arrange travel from York to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to London, and London to Utrecht. The cost of this travel is included in the program fee.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Lonely Planet: York is the kind of place that makes you wish – if only for an instant – that the Industrial Revolution never happened, and reminds us of a world before the machines. A city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth, its medieval spider’s web of narrow streets is enclosed by a magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. The city’s long history and rich heritage is woven into virtually every brick and beam; modern, tourist-oriented York – with its myriad museums, restaurants, cafés and traditional pubs – is a carefully maintained heir to that heritage.
Lonely Planet: Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored. From the imposing castle to the Palace of Holyrood house, every corner turned reveals sudden views and unexpected vistas—green sunlit hills, a glimpse of rust-red crags, a blue flash of distant sea. Edinburgh is filled with quirky, come-hither nooks that tempt you to explore just that little bit further.
Lonely Planet: Everyone comes to London with a preconception shaped by a multitude of books, movies, TV shows and songs. Whatever yours is, prepare to have it exploded by this endlessly fascinating, amorphous city. You could spend a lifetime exploring it and find that the slippery thing’s gone and changed on you. One thing is constant: that great serpent of a river enfolding the city in its sinuous loops, linking London both to the green heart of England and the world. From Roman times the world has come to London, put down roots and whinged about the weather. There is no place on earth that is more multicultural; any given street yields a rich harvest of languages, and those narrow streets are also steeped in fascinating history, magnificent art, imposing architecture and popular culture. When you add an endless reserve of cool to this mix, it’s hard not to conclude that London is one of the world’s great cities, if not the greatest."
About the Netherlands
Lonely Planet: Visionary architecture, vintage-meets-contemporary fashion and interiors, street markets selling rainbows of fresh flowers, haring (raw herring), caramel-filled stroopwafels (caramel-syrup-filled waffles with ice cream) and cheese, and borrel ('drinks') at canal-side cafés are all reasons I love the Netherlands. But what I love about the country above all is its spirit. If something doesn't exist, the Dutch will design it, build it, manufacture it, recycle it, craft it, launch it (the Netherlands is one of the world's hottest start-up hubs) and make it a reality. There's a sense that anything's possible here (and it invariably is).
Language Spoken: English (UK), Dutch (Netherlands)
Because weather is unpredictable, bring clothes that you can layer for ease of comfort. There may be some rain showers during your stay, so bring a jacket, poncho or umbrella and appropriate shoes for rain.
- New York Times Coverage of the UK
- US Relations with the United Kingdom
- CIA World Factbook - UK
- British Rail and National Rail (for times and fares)