Europe: The Grand Tour - Art and Gardens

Explore some of the world’s greatest works of art and architecture during this two week adventure to Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Italy.
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About the Program

Students have a once in a lifetime chance to retrace the steps of famous writers, artists and politicians throughout Europe during this Maymester experience. While studying art and garden design from ancient times to present, students will experience the sites that have influenced artists all over the world for centuries.

Students begin the program in Rome and continue on via train and plane to Florence, Nice, Giverny, Paris, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. They’ll visit the same palaces, villas, museums, churches, gardens, and cemeteries that inspired artists and authors who brought back antiquities and classicizing aesthetics.

Some highlights from this trip include:

  • Greek temples in Paestrum
  • The Ruins of Pompeii
  • The Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum
  • Boboli Gardens
  • Versailles
  • Mona Lisa at the Louvre
  • Stourhead (Pride and Prejudice film site)
  • Edinburgh Castle

Dr. Tim Smalley has led this study abroad class since 2001 and has led over 30 European Garden Tours. He 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 is currently the undergraduate coordinator for the Horticulture department and holds a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the university's highest honor for excellence in instruction.

International Travel Scholarship

International travel scholarships for $800 are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Students may apply in one of two application cycles, according to their departure date. Students departing on an international program during the current fall semester or spring semester of the following year should apply between August 1 - November 1. Students departing during the Maymester or summer semester should apply between December 1 - March 1. Applications received by the deadline date will be given full consideration.

Additional Scholarships for International Travel

There are several scholarships available for international travel through the CAES Office of Global Programs.

Quick Facts

Dates: Maymester

Estimated Program Fee: $2,900 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: HORT 3900

Application Deadline: October 1

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Program Contact

Tim Smalley Interim Department Head/Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Landscape and grounds management