Bailly’s FIU Honors Study Abroad

Professor John W Bailly is the Faculty Director of three FIU Honors College Study Abroad programs. He takes FIU students to Italy in May, Spain in June, and France in July. Bailly is an artist, with an MFA from Yale University. He has taken over 250 students from FIU to Europe.

Professor Bailly of FIU lectures in St. Peter’s Square. (Photo by Stephanie Sepulveda CC BY 4.0)

ITALY STUDY ABROAD: GRAND TOUR REDUX: Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – a study abroad class taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations of Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course, which reconstructs the traditional 18th Century Grand Tour, examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world.

Melissa Gil of FIU contemplates Venice’s Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

SPAIN STUDY ABROAD: MIAMI ESPANA, IDA Y VUELTA: The history of the Spanish-American transatlantic dialogue is both ruinous and enriching. With an emphasis on Miami, this course examines the social and cultural manifestations of this relationship. What impact has Spanish religion, art, and popular tradition had on the Americas from 1492 to the present (ida)? Conversely, what has returned to Spain from Latin America (vuelta)? How specifically has this melange manifested itself in Miami, positioned as the contemporary center of European and Latin American relations?


FRANCE STUDY ABROAD: ART, WAR, & HUMAN RIGHTS: Live a month in France with FIU! Study France’s political and cultural history in its streets and museums. Based in Paris, the class navigates Francois I’s Renaissance in the Loire castles, Marie Antoinette’s final trek through Paris to the guillotine, and Hemingway’s walk through the streets of the Latin Quarter. With a focus on the Enlightenment revolutions and World War 2, students engage in debates about nationalism, revolution and human rights in the country that saw the most radical, idealistic, and brutal revolution in Europe and the deadliest war in history.

Amaranta Bailly in front of Monet’s Waterlilies in the Orangerie in Paris. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

CITIES AND HOUSING: The Italia class stays in Roma, Firenze, Cinque Terre, and Venezia. In addition, we take day trips to Assisi, Pisa, Pompeii, Siena, & Tivoli, without forgetting that we visit Vatican City. Students stay in apartments in the three large cities and a mountain sanctuary in Cinque Terre. The Spain class stays in Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. In addition, we take day trips to El Escorial, Granada, Montserrat, Segovia, Sitges, Toledo. Students stay in apartment hotels in each city. The France class stays at the university CIUP in Paris proper. The class also stays in hotels in Lyon and Bayeux, and a mountain refuge in the Alps. France students take day trips to Annecy, the Chateaux de la Loire, Fontainebleau, Le Mans, Mont Saint Michel, and Versailles.

Sunrise from Soviore Sanctuary in Cinque Terre. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

ICONIC ART: Students will discover the greatest European museums and monuments. Lectures about great buildings and paintings are done on location. From the Vatican Museums and the Uffizi in Italy to the Louvre and Orsay in France by way of the Prado and Reina Sofia in Spain, students will immerse themselves into the history of art. Also, students will actually be in the great monuments: get lost in Roman ruins in Italy, explore the Sagrada Familia in Spain, and climb the Eiffel Tower in France.

Viktoriya Justiz on Brunelleschi’s Dome in Firenze. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

LIFE EXPERIENCE: Each program incorporates fun and educational days of hiking, cycling, and swimming. It is important to incorporate days to process the information gathered on lecture days. So be ready to climb Brunelleschi’s Dome in Firenze, hike to Montserrat, and explore the Alps. It can be hard…but it’s also super fun and rewarding. Expect the unexpected.

the alps
Corey Ryan in the Alps (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

CULTURAL IMMERSSION: The program structure enables students to have a true sense of living in Europe: eat in authentic restaurants, ride public transportation, go grocery shopping, explore the unknown, and experience popular culture.

Nit Sant Joan in Barcelona (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

FOOD: Lunch on class days are almost always street food…world class European street food.

Mercat Boqueria in Barcelona (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

TRAVEL AND LEARN: Study Abroad is not vacation: you will be quizzed on content, days will be structured, you will travel with a professor. Study abroad is work…but it is also the most rewarding academic experience one could ever hope for. You will create memories for a lifetime, while simultaneously fulfilling 6 upper division Honors credits. Imagine having a city as your classroom, actually witnessing art first hand-not by PowerPoint.

Jeanine Shraim of FIU is “entertained” in Rome’s Colosseum. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Stephanie SepúlvedaJohn William Bailly 05 March 2018




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