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UVU Recognized For Art History And Photography Study Abroad Program

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October 23, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Utah Valley University was recently recognized with an 8th place award for Short-Term Programs by Abroad101’s annual study abroad rankings presented by STA Travel, a national organization that enables students to travel the world.

UVU received the award for its art history and photography study abroad program directed by Courtney R. Davis, a UVU art history lecturer, and co-directed by John Rees, a UVU photography assistant professor.

“It is very exciting to be nationally recognized, especially since this is the inaugural year of the program,” said Davis. “I’ve always loved being a teacher, but study abroad is something that feeds my soul.”

UVU is featured on the Abroad101 website at www.studyabroad101.com/rankings#top_short_term.

The study abroad program is the first at UVU to combine art history and photography. Eighteen UVU students participated in the four-week trip in May while earning credit to their degrees as the program offered six courses.

“The students not only experienced and learned about the masterpieces of art history, they were also able to develop their photography skills,” Davis said. “We had a range of students from photography majors who had a great deal of experience to those who were learning to produce fine art photography for the first time.”

The program included visits in London, Paris and Barcelona with stops at museums like the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles to learn about art history and to provide photography opportunities along with visits to unexpected places such as the catacombs and the famous cemetery, Père Lachaise in Paris. Photography students also were able to tour the offices of Getty Images in London.

“Students remarked how this was a life-changing experience for them, whether it was learning in the cultural capitals of Europe, making lifelong friends or discovering their future career paths,” Davis said. She said next year’s program includes visits to London, Paris and Brussels.

“In addition to our amazing students, as well as the opportunity to travel to breathtaking locations, our program was greatly enriched by a very generous grant from an anonymous donor,” Davis said.  “Our donor, who believes in the life-changing possibilities of travel study, funded full and partial scholarships for a number of exceptional students who would not otherwise have been able to be a part of the experience.”

The rankings compiled evaluations from students at more than 200 U.S. universities on international education programs. With a database of more than 16,000 evaluations and 800,000 individual data points, the Abroad101 rankings provide a snapshot of student opinions on study abroad programs.

For more information about this study abroad program, visit www.uvu.edu/international/isp/study_abroad/artphoto.html.

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Victoria & Albert Museum by UVU photography student Missy Russell, who participated in the Short-Term Programs study abroad program.

About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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