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ArtMill is a center for sustainable living and art. Facilities include working student studios in a converted Mill, a woodshop, sculpture garden and nearby lake. The farm buildings, barn studio, library and kitchens allow space to create and exhibit. Art Mill includes living areas, two kitchens, workspaces, and on-site activities (students will live off site and walk to Art Mil to create artwork.) The center is focused on sustainable living and art making. There is a black and white darkroom, woodshop, access to metal facilities, high speed internet, printer and library. Students who wish to work in digital photography should bring a camera. All students should bring a computer for reading responses.

Accommodations: In Prague, Berlin and art ArtMill we will stay in pensions. Most bathrooms in Prague are still gendered, but that is changing. Berlin is more progressive than the Czech Republic in this one capacity. Professor Hibbert-Jones or one of ArtMill's staff will be in the same hotel as students. At ArtMill students stay at local hotel accommodations a short walk from the Mill. Students walk to/from ArtMill each morning. Hotels are clean, modern, and have all the amenities necessary (hot showers, clean linens, clean standards in general and comfortable beds) ArtMill has a Registered Nurse available 24/7, per Czech law.

Meals: Students will eat meals “out-of-pocket” in Prague and Berlin. All meals at the ArtMill will be provided and the cost covered in the Study Abroad Program Cost. ArtMill has an organic garden that supplies the kitchen with a selection of seasonal foods servicing students, artists-in-residence, and ArtMill staff.

Accessibility: Please note- this class includes walking tours in museums and cities. All facilities at ArtMill (barn gallery, studios, library, etc.) have wheelchair accessibility, except for the mill itself, which is 4 stories high. However many European subways are limited in accessibility, with stairs rather than elevators. Housing accommodations have access, per Czech law. The site visits in Prague and Berlin may have limited access. These can be worked out ahead of time with proper advance notice.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UCSC Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UCSC Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Santa Cruz. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

About the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic has a landlocked and hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. Nearly 42 years of Communist rule ended with the nearly bloodless “velvet revolution” in 1989. Václav Havel, a leading playwright and dissident, was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Havel, imprisoned twice by the Communist regime and his plays banned, became an international symbol for human rights, democracy, and peaceful dissent. The Czech Republic joined NATO in March 1999.

Currency: Koruna

Languages: Czech 95.4%, Slovak 1.6%

Weather and Climate:

The climate of the Czech Republic can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. In summer daytime temperatures reach 20-25°C.

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About Berlin

Berlin is truly a 24/7 city. The city today attracts some of the world's brightest minds and invests heavily in such high-tech sectors as biotechnology, communication and environmental technologies and transport. In fact, Berlin is ranked among the EU's top three innovative regions. Over the past decade, Berlin has become the breeding pool for continental Europe's start-up economy, attracting young global tech talent with its multicultural make-up, relative affordability, open-mindedness and high-level of English skills.

Currency: Euro

Languages: German

Weather and Climate:

The climate is moderately continental, characterized by moderately warm summers, with daytime temperatures hovering around 24 °C (75 °F).

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  • https://www.berlin.de/en/

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator for a needs assessment immediately so that services can be requested and Study Abroad can investigate the availability of accommodations abroad. Support services similar to those available at UCSC might not be available.

Identities Abroad and Away

UCSC Study Abroad encourages all students to consider studying abroad as a part of their academic plan. Our office is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe. It is important to consider and anticipate the possible challenges you might face. For example, if your major identifying characteristic is race at home, it may surprise you that the people around you while you are abroad could find your nationality (perhaps US citizen) to be more significant. What rights do Queer people have in your host country? Will you be a minority or part of the majority abroad? Please visit our Identities Abroad and Away resource page to learn more about important questions to consider and how to prepare for studying abroad.