The Genius of Study Abroad: Revolutionary Imagination

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England, Scotland
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Revolutionary imagination—for how we see our world and live in it—is the focus of “The Genius of Study Abroad” - a dynamic three-cities study abroad experience of active, activist global learning that will take students to Oxford, London, and Scotland.

** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel.  All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

Academic Details

This is a course of active, activist global learning that considers the interactive international and interdisciplinary aspects of creativity in revolutionary imagination as seen in movements in architecture, landscape, arts, science and technology, and legislation on human rights and equality throughout the United Kingdom. In London, Oxford, and the Lake District, you will retrace the literal and intellectual paths of people who developed new ways to conceive and express our world, and live in it. As it turns out, these paths entailed “study abroad,” crossing borders in imagination and fact, much like the figures in Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, whose work gives our course its name and theme.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Scholarship funds are available for students accepted to this program. If interested, please refer to the Genius Scholarship Essay in the program application or contact your study abroad advisor.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

University of Oregon Clark Honors College Professor of Practice Barbara Mossberg leads the program lectures and tours, supplemented by field activities and guest contributions. Her work of educational leadership as a scholar activist for transformational international and interdisciplinary learning includes traditional academics as a literary and cultural critic, service on boards, a weekly broadcast on AM/internet radio, cultural criticism for newspapers and Huffington Post, performances as dramatist and dramaturg, and work as a public intellectual giving lectures in parks and theaters, teaching sonnets in the schools, giving poetry readings, and creating FlashMob poetry events on YouTube. The connective tissue for her enterprises is a commitment to advocate what is at stake for humanity and the Earth itself in how we think about and express our world. Twice a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and the US Scholar in Residence for the US State Department working in over 20 countries, she has served as a professor, dean, college president, poet-in-residence, and in many other capacities, including leading international teams on educational tours of cities. She is an experienced and enthusiastic guide for “walking the talk,” wanting to inspire in you an appreciation for your own “genius” in seeing and responding to our world.

Visit Dr. Mossberg's website.

Housing Description

Housing varies by city. Live in European university dorm rooms in Oxford, shared apartments in London, and hostels in the Lake District and Scotland, all centrally located. The rooms are in modernized facilities and have all the basic amenities. All accommodations will be conveniently located with easy access to the study sites and to key services within the central city areas, which is a city with excellent public transportation linkages.
Daily breakfast is also included, and you will be responsible for arranging your own lunches and dinners using the many options in their neighborhoods (markets, restaurants, and street vendors), as reflected in the student budget.

Additional requirements
  • At least one introductory course in the humanities, arts, or sciences
  • Completion of the University of Oregon first-year writing requirement or the equivalent 
Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2022 2/15/2022 03/15/2022 06/19/22 07/09/22

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.