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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Bordeaux, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Malmo, Sweden; Paris, France; Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • 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 2018 12/01/2017
Rolling Admission 04/30/2018 05/13/2018
NOTE: Applicants are required to be interviewed in person by faculty leaders. Interviews will focus on travel experience, work ethics and eagerness to learn from this experience.

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Program Lead Faculty: Conrad Kickert
Program Additional Faculty: Rebecca Williamson Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

This two to three-week program will introduce you to European sustainable urban design and architecture, especially focusing on urban redevelopment sites. The program has two parts, the first of which is required, the second of which is optional for extra credit. The first part is an intense tour of Northwestern Europe to take a look at the past, present and future of sustainable urbanism. We start off our travels in Copenhagen, the unofficial bicycle capital of the world, take a detour to the new waterfront development in Malmö before heading south toward Germany. There, we visit the new harbor developments in Hamburg and visit various new and historic projects in the exciting city of Berlin. We continue toward Rotterdam and Amsterdam in The Netherlands, visiting cutting-edge urban sites and architectural projects in both. We will finish this part of the course in Paris, where we have a few days to visit the past, present and future of dense and sustainable French urbanism.
Students can then choose to continue the travel to Bordeaux, France where we will study the dense and well-preserved historic urban fabric of the city, significant projects of the 20th century, and recent and in-progress works by MVDV, Koolhaas, Lacation Vassal, and Herzog + De Meuron, among others. While in Bordeaux we will engage with counterparts at the University of Bordeaux and the Bordeaux School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in a workshop.
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We will be visiting many cities, often only for a day or two. In all major cities, you will have a day off to explore your topic of choice relating to the sustainable city. We will fly into Copenhagen, the Danish capital quickly becoming known as a leader in sustainable urbanism due to its progressive design and planning culture, led by new high-quality design and unprecedented bicycle infrastructure. We will make a stopover in Malmö to visit one of Sweden’s top sustainable urban waterfront sites, before traveling by train to Hamburg, a northern German city that has also embarked on a remarkable waterfront redevelopment project. We will spend a few days studying Germany’s capital city Berlin, famous for its renaissance after the 1989 Reunification and its status as a hotbed for youth culture and innovation. From Berlin, we will travel to the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where we will see cutting edge Dutch urban design and architecture. From there, we travel to Paris for a few days. Those students deciding to stay with us another week will travel onward to Bordeaux.
We will mostly travel by rail within Europe, ranging from the commuter lines of Copenhagen and Berlin to the high-speed trains in France. Within each city, we will walk and bike extensively.

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Who Can Participate?

Graduate Students (including graduating students)
We are looking for a diverse and responsible group of students with an urban planning, design and architecture background. While the tour and the workshop will provide you with more new insights than you can imagine, it should certainly not be regarded as a holiday trip. That said, in each major city you will have a free day to roam and experience Europe for yourself. We will be cycling through many European cities; you are expected to be familiar with cycling safety, techniques and etiquette. We will also be walking extensively through each city.

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in Spring 2018 PLAN5199-001(undergraduate) or PLAN 6099-001(graduate) for 2-3 credits.
While the travel will take place during May of 2018, the program will be offered as a variable credit spring course, PLAN 6099. The number of credits will depend on whether or not you decide to join the Bordeaux workshop. The course is open to students from Urban Planning and Architecture. Your course grade will be defined by three deliverables. Firstly, you are asked to create a ‘travel guide’ on a topic of your choice relating to sustainable urbanism, which we will discuss in biweekly meetings during the spring semester. You will present the findings of your guide during the travel portion of the course as well. Secondly, the travel participation will be part of your final grade. For those of you who join the Bordeaux workshop, its outcomes will be the third part of your final grade. After the travel program is over, we ask you to write an (ungraded) reflective essay on your exploration of European sustainable urbanism.

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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The program will be led by Dr. Conrad Kickert, Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Dr. Williamson, Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture. During the first two weeks of the travel course, Professor Ryan Geismar will also serve as a travel leader. All three leaders have extensive experience with the subject matter and with travel through Europe.
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Living Arrangements

Lodging will mostly be in shared accommodations to keep the cost as low as possible. You will stay with one or more fellow students of the same gender in either a shared hotel room or hostel.

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Getting There

Economy-class airfare from Cincinnati to Copenhagen and back from Bordeaux to Cincinnati is not included in the program fee.
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Program Costs

  2018 Program Cost: 2460.00

Included in Program Cost:
  • Shared housing / accommodations
  • Transportation between cities in Europe 
  • Public transportation passes for each city 
  • Program-related tours and excursions 
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • International airfare(Cincinnati-Copenhagen, Bordeaux-Cincinnati) 
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (if applicable)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Most meals ($30-50/day)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs 
  • Visa application/processing fees (applicable to many non-US citizens)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded up to $400 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

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in 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, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID 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 through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

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.

Please note: We will be bicycling and walking extensively through the cities we visit. 

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Contacts for More Information

Dr. Conrad Kickert

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This program is currently not accepting applications.