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  • Locations: Manaus, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 3.2 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Jodi Shann
Program Additional Faculty: Stephen Matter, Debra Brawn Program Advisor: Neil Choudhury
Program Description:
 

Program Overviewtowing canoes

The sustainability of endangered tropical ecosystems may depend on the action of individuals who have a realistic appreciation of their structure, function, beauty, people, and problems.
Students completing this course will be among those with the potential to influence the future, as they will have personally experienced the Amazon River basin and investigated the issues challenging it today. Students taking On the River come from diverse backgrounds (we've had students from CCM, A&S STEM and non-STEM, engineering, education, DAAP, nursing, allied health, and business; all disciplines encouraged and welcome!). The goal is to elevate everyone’s conceptual understanding through readings, media, instructor/guest/ student-­-led lectures and discussions. We will spend the first 8 weeks of the semester on this.


For more information on this study tour, please visit the University Honors Program.

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Locationcanoes sunrise

Come spring break, we will travel to Brazil to see just how well that academic understanding matches the real world. The Amazon River basin is one of the largest, intact, tropical rain forests in the world. The Amazon River system is equally impressive, running from the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean – well over 4000 miles. Our trip will explore two segments of this extensive river system, the Amazon River itself (part of which is called the Rio Solimões in Brazil) and the Rio Negro. These rivers come together at a “wedding of the waters” just outside Manaus, Brazil.

Our trip will start in Manaus. We typically spend around five days on the white water of the Amazon River/Rio Solimões and another five on the black water of the Rio Negro. Students, instructors, and crew live on a river boat that will carry us over 600 nautical miles along the rivers. We will use the boat as our home base as we explore the flooded forests by canoe and the upland and villages on foot. During the study tour, students will conduct independent academic projects developed earlier in the semester.

Participants will see first-hand the breadth of plant diversity and wildlife present in the Amazon River basin. The most common type of wildlife will be birds, followed by insects and fish. Please keep this in mind so that your expectations are accurate. While you will hopefully see monkeys swinging through the trees at least once, it will not be common. We will spend a good amount of time observing the hundreds of bird species, including colorful parrots (including macaws), toucans, and others.

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Who Can Participate?piranha

Applications for this seminar will open on Aug. 7, 2017. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 18 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 is registered as a full-time student on main campus. 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 and Study Tour Expectations

Please pay close attention to the following:

Participants must be able to swim in order to participate.

 

Participants will be required to submit a medical clearance form from their physician in order to participate. We will be in a remote area far (in miles and time) from medical care. As a result, students with severe allergies or medical conditions that could require acute care should thoughtfully consider whether it is in their best interest to participate; students should consult with their personal physician.

A high level of maturity is required of participants in this program. You will be living and learning together in tight accommodations aboard a houseboat. There is no room, literally and figuratively, for lack of maturity or misbehavior.  

Most of our time will be spent exploring the flooded forest on canoes and watching for wildlife (primarily birds). This requires quiet and patience while sitting in canoes, sometimes for long periods of time. If this does not sound like a good fit for you, please do not apply to participate.

The study tour is alcohol and smoke free. Please keep this in mind as you decide whether this program is a good fit for you. If not consuming alcohol or smoking for the duration of the travel component is not acceptable to you, please do not apply to participate.

Vegan and vegetarian diets can be challenging to accommodate on this program (these diets are very uncommon in the part of Brazil we are visiting). Please talk with one of the program leaders if you are vegan or vegetarian to learn more and decide if you would like to participate. 

Please keep in mind that the climate is very hot. We will be close to the equator in a tropical rain forest. You must be able to tolerate the heat. There is no air conditioning during the day. There is typically air conditioning in the bedrooms at night, but that is not guaranteed. 

This is not the program to apply for because your friends are applying. You must have your own clear and specific reasons for participating. The conditions can be difficult and you must be motivated to be there for the right reasons, not because you think it would be "cool" to go to the Amazon with friends. 

Students are expected to meet the instructors' academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component and during the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations leading up to travel will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations during travel will be sent home at their expense and/or subject to judicial referral upon return under the UC Student Code of Conduct.

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Academic Program and Course InformationUC students canoe

All students in this program are required to enroll in EVST3014 for 3 credits for spring semester.

Course Details:

  • Course number: EVST3014
  • Class meeting time: TBD
  • Course attributes: TBD
  • BoK: SE
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Honors seminar


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): https://www.uc.edu/bursar/fees.html

 

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Facultybackpacking

Dr. Stephen Matter - this will be Dr. Matter's second trip leading students to the Brazilian Amazon.

Dr. Jodi Shann - Dr. Shann's research interests include environmental chemistry, biodegration and phytoremediation and ecological restoration, as well as plants, microorganisms and soil. She received her Ph.D in Botany and Plan Biochemistry from North Carolina State University and has taught at UC since 1988. 

Debbie Brawn - Debbie Brawn is the Administrative Director for the University Honors Program. Debbie is charged with strategic planning and implementation of the UHP mission and vision. Debbie has a B.A. from Xavier University and a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. 





 

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Living Arrangementsriverboat

The group will be living on a river boat while in Brazil. The group will not be staying in any hotels or any accommodations on land. Please consider this when applying for this seminar. 

What to Bring?

Packing everything that you will need is essential, as you will not be able to purchase supplies during most of the study tour. Please become familiar with the recommendations on the packing list! 







 

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Getting ThereUC flag

The group will be departing on March 9th, 2017 from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus (via Miami International Airport). On March 18th, 2017 the group will depart Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus for Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. The group will not arrive back in Cincinnati until Monday, March 19th (meaning you will miss three full days of classes). 










 

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Program Costscanoeing the jungle

Costs 
 
2018 Program Cost:  $4000 
 
The program fee for this study tour is $4000. However, the program has been awarded a $400 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 $2600. 

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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Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations on a houseboat -- double rooms, bunk beds, with a private bath
  • Bottled water
  • CISI insurance
  • Meals on the boat
  • Guides
  • Crew tips
  • Admission fees
  • Group ground transportation
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Meals at airports
  • Soda (may be purchased on the boat)
  • Vaccinations - Yellow fever strongly recommended
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Visas
  • Personal supplies
  • Souvenirs
Visa and vaccine costs are very expensive; please budget $600-800 to cover these costs.

In order to travel to Brazil, you need a tourist visa.  The visa cost is high - $200-$300 for visa and consular fees, $50-75 for mailing, and $60 or higher fee for the visa agency.  We will give you more information regarding visas after you are accepted into the class. You are responsible for this cost, in addition to fees paid to UC for participation. 

Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and heath precautions (like malaria prevention and taking antibiotics with you) are recommended. Vaccinations such as yellow fever and others are recommended by the CDC and can be costly. Please plan for this additional cost.

Yellow fever vaccination is strongly recommended. All participants should be vaccinated and carry with them proof of yellow fever vaccination. Yellow fever vaccination will cost well over $100 and is NOT included in the costs that you are paying to UC.
 

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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 http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html 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 https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

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). 

In order to travel to Brazil, you need a tourist visa.  The visa cost is high - $200-$300 for visa and consular fees, $50-75 for mailing, and $60 or higher fee if you choose to use a visa agency.  We will give you more information regarding visas after you are accepted into the class. You are responsible for this cost, in addition to fees paid to UC for participation.

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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

Vaccinations and Health Precautions
Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and heath precautions (like malaria prevention and taking antibiotics with you) are recommended. Vaccinations such as yellow fever and others are recommended by the CDC and can be costly. Please plan for this additional cost.

Yellow fever vaccination is strongly recommended. All participants should be vaccinated and carry with them proof of yellow fever vaccination. Yellow fever vaccination will cost well over $100 and is NOT included in the costs that you are paying to UC.

All participants should carefully read the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage on Brazil and, specifically, the Amazon region.
 

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Contacts for More Information

Faculty leader: Dr. Stephen Matter
Faculty co-leader: Debbie Brawn
University Honors Program: Neil Choudhury

For more information on this study tour, please visit the University Honors Program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.