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Exploring Creativity in Paris, France & Vienna, Austria

Info Sessions: Tuesday, Sept. 12 (A420) & Tuesday, Sept. 26 (A427), 12:30-1:30pm

The program travel dates are Thursday, March 15 - Saturday, March 24, 2018.

AUCA/AUCC 190 - 3 credits

This integrative course will provide students with interactive experiences in various areas of artistic/creative endeavor, inspired by the magnificent cultural and natural environments of Vienna, Austria and Paris, France.  

The goal of this program is to encourage creativity to become a vital force in each student's life: to understand and cultivate one's own creative abilities to enhance both professional and personal endeavors. Active participation in class activities will enable students to recognize and develop defined creativity traits (e.g., sensitivity, flexibility, originality, playfulness, productivity, fluency, and analytical and organization skills) that can be integrated into all areas of human endeavor, artistic or otherwise. Assignments to be completed both during and after the program will enable students to reflect on and articulate the significance of their course experiences.

The program begins by exploring the sights of Vienna from the Wiener Riesenrad, a giant Ferris Wheel. Being in the City of Music, Mozart and his accomplishments will be a focus of our adventure. We will visit museums and famous palaces where he held his first concert, was a guest or performed for dignitaries. Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt is one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement. His work proudly hangs in the Vienna Secession Gallery and the Gustav Klimt Museum; we will view his famous work the "Kiss."  Our visit would not be complete without watching the Lipizzaner Stallions perform, as well as the Vienna Boy's Choir.

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Students then fly to the most populous city and capital of France, Paris. Typically referred to as the La Ville Lumiere, students will spend the five days exploring and discovering amazing architecture, culture, museums and famous landmarks in the amazing "City of Light." Experience a tour of the Paris Opera House, the view from the tallest building on top of the Eiffel Tower, and a trip to the Louvre to view Leonardo's Mona Lisa.  From there, stroll the Champs-Elysees, the most famous street in Paris, to tour the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most recognized monuments in Paris. Visit the Musee d'Orsay, which features Impressionist artwork. Notre Dame Cathedral is also on the list, as are the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, the large hill in Paris where famous artists lived, played and created. Sacre Coeur, the iconic basilica, is an important part of this neighborhood. For a fun hands on experience, students will attend a cooking class and visit the local French markets.

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The program cost includes University of Hartford tuition for three credits, hotel accommodations with Wi-Fi and full breakfast daily, round-trip non-stop flights, in-country transportation, airport transfers, scheduled excursions, a welcome dinner in Vienna, and group dinner in Paris.  The price is approximately $3,450.00*.

 *All listed fees are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until 10 deposits have been received. The University reserves the right to cancel the program if the required number of deposits have not been received by the deadline. In the event a program is cancelled, all
deposits will be refunded to the student account. Applications and a program deposit of $1,000 are DUE by November 1st, and full payment is DUE December 15th. Scholarships are available; deadline to apply is November 15th.  Click here to submit your application and for instruction on how to make the program deposit. Applications are not considered complete until application has been submitted and program deposit has been made.

More details can be found in the professors' PowerPoint presentation.

For course information, contact faculty leaders:

Paula Anderson (

MJ Moriarty (