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  • Locations: Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/08/2017
Rolling Admission 04/27/2018 05/05/2018

** 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.

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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: Kristi Nelson, Gian Rassati
Program Additional Faculty: James Swanson Program Advisor: Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program Overview

This seminar introduces the students in a weekly classroom meeting to fundamental concepts linking art, architecture and music. Students will also be introduced to cultural aspects of Italian life and customs, to prepare for the culmination of the class, a one-week study tour to Naples and Rome, Italy.

For more information, please visit the University Honors Program

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At the end of the spring semester the group will travel to Italy and spend three days in Naples and six days in Rome. 


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Who Can Participate?

Applications for this seminar will open on Aug. 7 with applications due on Sept. 8. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 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. 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.


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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in HNRS3065, section 001, "The Roman Experience: First Hand Experience of the Roots of Western Civilization," for 3 credits for spring 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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Dr. Kristi Nelson - Dr. Nelson is the former Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Art History in the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from Florida State University. Her specialty in Art History is in the area of early modern Dutch and Flemish art.

Dr. Gian Rassati - Dr. Rassati is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management. His research interests include the behavior of structures under seismic loads, steel and composite steel/concrete structures and the behavior of structures. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Trieste. 

Dr. Jim Swanson - Dr. Swanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management. His research interests include issues related to steel bridge structures, including superstructure design, fast-track construction methods, innovative deck-systems, health monitoring and condition assessment. He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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Living Arrangements

While staying in Naples and Rome the group will be staying in hotels (TBD). 


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Getting There

On April 26th the group will be departing from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome where they will then board a bus to Naples. On April 29th the group will return to Rome by bus. On May 5th the group will return to Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport from Rome.   

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Program Costs


2018 Program Cost:  $4600 

Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare and transfers
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Group museum admission tickets/passes
  • Guides
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Ground transportation
  • Souvenirs
The program fee for this study tour is $4600. 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 $3200. 

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

For more information, please visit the University Honors Program

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This program is currently not accepting applications.