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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2017 08/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Break 2018 04/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/13/2018 12/23/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Minimum GPA: 3.2
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall
Program Lead Faculty: Terry Grundy Program Advisor: Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program OverviewChristmas in London

"Nasty, Brutish & Short": How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives is a 18FS seminar with a study tour to the United Kingdom!
Class meeting time: TBD    BoKs: HP, HU
Faculty website:

Course description
For nearly all of human history, life, as Thomas Hobbes observed, was “nasty, brutish and short.”  This began to change in some of the lands of Northern Europe during the 18th century, the era known as the Enlightenment.  This interdisciplinary course will focus on the developments of that era, especially as they were experienced in Great Britain.  It will examine the evolution of the Enlightenment and its importance to the emergence of the modern world, with a focus on its themes of scientific and technological progress, improved living standards, accountable government, individual human rights, and the revolutionary role of arts and culture in social progress. Students will travel to the United Kingdom, a "cradle land" of the Enlightenment, to visit sites associated with the Enlightenment and meet with representatives of institutions that continue to promote it. For more information on this popular seminar, visit

*Note that the group will depart during finals week. It is each student's individual responsibility to contact their instructors as early as possible to find out if it will be possible to make alternate arrangements for any final exams or projects that are scheduled for that week.

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LocationThe London Eye

Students will travel to historic London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and an important global financial, political and cultural center. There also will be a trip to Cambridge University; founded in 1209 it is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's third-oldest surviving university. 


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Who Can Participate?Newton's Apple Tree

Applications for this seminar will open in December 2017 and will be due on Feb. 26, 2018. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 14 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above and are enrolled full-time at UC (i.e. for at least 12 credit hours in the fall 2018 semester). Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. Although priority is given to University Honors students, we are often able to offer spaces to other students as well.

Course Expectations
Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.

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Academic Program and Course InformationCambridge Bridge of Sighs

All students in this program are required to enroll in PLAN3090, "Nasty, Brutish & Short: How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives," for 3 credits for the semester.

 Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):


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FacultySir Isaac Newton

Course Instructor:

  • Terry Grundy, MA, is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Planning, College of DAAP, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the UC Honors Program.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, one of the United Kingdom's learned societies, which has been promoting the principles and values of the Enlightenment since 1754.


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Living ArrangementsThe Enlightenment Gallery

While in London the group will be staying at Acorn Properties:
19 Bedford Place
London, UK
+44 (0) 207 636 8325

While in Cambridge the group will be staying at Trinity Hall:
Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane
Cambridge, UK
+44 (0) 1223 332554


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Getting There

Flights for this seminar are TBD. 

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Program CostsWestminster Palace

2018 Program Cost:  $4100 

Included in Program Cost:

  • Airfare and transfers
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfasts at hotel
  • Group museum admission tickets/passes
  • Guides
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal ground transportation
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas

The program fee for this study tour is $4300. However, this program has been awarded a $200 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only) and a $1000 University Honors Grant. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2900. 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.
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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

University Honors Program: Neil Choudhury 

Faculty leader: Professor Terry Grundy 

For more information on this study tour, please visit the seminar website

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