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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/18/2018

** 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 Credit Offered: UC Credit
Registration Term: Spring Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall
Program Lead Faculty: Peng Zhang Program Additional Faculty: Anna Gudmundsdottir
Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

This program will provide science majors with a unique opportunity for professional and personal growth in a beautiful historic setting and a cutting-edge research environment.  The program will introduce students to colleagues from significantly different cultures and challenge them to work together to formulate strategies for solving global-scale science and technology questions (e.g., climate change, renewable energy).  Solutions to such challenges (and even smaller ones) will ultimately require scientists and engineers to work together across the globe.  In addition to knowledge and scientific expertise, effective scientists and engineers will need good communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and global awareness. Therefore, this program will broaden horizons, increase cultural competency, and help prepare students to make a significant impact in their future careers. The emphasis of this program is placed on international collaboration in a research setting. 

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Bordeaux, known as "The Pearl of Aquitaine," is a historically important port city straddling the banks of the Garonne River in Southwest France. It is the 6th largest city in the country and known for its vibrant economy, and in particular, viticulture and wine production. With a history spanning more than 2000 years, a rich culture is juxtaposed with cutting-edge scientific and engineering research and development at the University of Bordeaux, partner national laboratories and local industrial sites. The University is the flagship institution of the Aquitaine region and a UC strategic partner. Research by its students and faculty have attracted international attention in a wide range of areas, including chemistry, advanced materials, chemical engineering, laser optics, information technology, the environment, pharmacology, biophysics, and biology.

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Who Can Participate?France2

Any science or engineering major at UC.

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in "CHEM5030-022: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry for 1-6 credit hours for spring semester.

This 8-day excursion to Bordeaux will be an integral part of a year-long collaboration between science majors at UC and at the University of Bordeaux (UB). The trip will take place in parallel with a visit by students enrolled in CHEM5021. The experience will promote personal and professional growth, and significantly broaden students' horizons in science, technology, and beyond.

During the Fall semester 2018 and the Spring semester 2018, UC and UB students will form collaborative teams, each composed of one or two UC students and one UB master's student. Each team will work on a research project in science under the broad themes of Energy, Materials and Sustainability. Team members on the two continents will collaborate remotely throughout the year. At the conclusion of the Fall Semester, UC and UB students will present posters locally describing their team's progress. During Spring Break 2018, UC students will visit Bordeaux, which is the focus of the program described here.

In Bordeaux, UC students and their UB counterparts will present together and discuss their findings. These activities will be complemented by visits to specific CNRS laboratories, which house the related science and engineering research sponsored by the French National Centre for Scientific Research. In addition, the itinerary will include visits to targeted local companies that have significant chemistry/materials components in their operations. The activities will be complemented by several excursions and cultural activities in Bordeaux and the surrounding area.

All presentations, discussions and meetings will be conducted in English. But students are encouraged to learn some basic French greetings and phrases to enrich to their visit.

Students participating in this program will help host the reciprocal visit of their French team members to UC at the end of the 2018 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).

Students in the following degree programs can use this study abroad program to fulfill the capstone requirement: ACS-certified BS in Chemistry, BS in Chemistry, BA in Chemistry with concentration in Biological Chemistry, BS in Biochemistry.
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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Peng Zhang is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry. He is an analytical/materials chemist with research interests in materials as applied to sensing, therapeutics and energy. He visited the University of Bordeaux in Spring 2017.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in double occupancy rooms. Some lunches will be in University of Bordeaux cafeterias.

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Getting There

Airline tickets for travel to and from Bordeaux will be purchased by the UC International Office. Students are required to meet with the group at CVG on Sunday, 3/11 about 3 hours prior to departure. Public transport to and from Bordeaux airport (BOD) to the University of Bordeaux is easily navigated. Student should plan to leave early Sunday morning (3/18) in order to return to the U.S. on the same day. We anticipate that round trip airfares (CVG-BOD) will be available for less than $1,600. Local transportation in Bordeaux will be mainly covered using a 7-day bus/tram pass for €13.00 ($15).

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost:  $2900

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

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 student 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, it's 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 via 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 know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a 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

Peng Zhang
Chemistry, 702 Crosley
McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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This program is currently not accepting applications.