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  • Locations: Paris, France; Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 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 12/08/2017
Rolling Admission 04/26/2018 05/08/2018

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Communications and Media, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Russell McMahon Program Additional Faculty: Chengcheng Li
Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

OceanInformation and Communications Technology for Education, Development, and Medicine in Africa
During the 2014 Africa Summit, President Barack Obama stated, “I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children.” Although the President was speaking in general terms at the time, what he said applies to the African computing landscape, as well.
In this course, how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is helping to transform the African continent will examine. African countries are developing at a very fast pace and the innovative use of ICT will be the mechanism that leads their countries and economies into the 21st century. Many of the major computing tech companies are in Africa staking their claim. Specific examples of innovative computing applications and hardware developed and used by Africans will be examined as well their impact on the world. Many of the challenges faced these countries are similar to one another, but each one has its own unique issues. This class will visit Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the rainbow nation, which is the home to Nelson Mandela University (NMU) which has a been a leader in developing some of these innovative uses of ICT. Upon returning from South Africa, the group will fly home via Paris and have the opportunity to spend a day and night in Paris before flying back to Cincinnati.

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Port Elizabeth (PE), South Africa is located in the Eastern Cape Province on the Indian Ocean. PE is referred to as the Friendly City or Windy City (think Chicago). It is a major seaport and some of the major car manufacturers have assembly plants located here. The Addo Elephant National Park is located nearby and whales can be seen in the Nelson Mandela Bay. Nelson Mandela University (NMU) has a modern campus and is one of the top universities in South Africa. The university even has its own animal and nature preserve right on the campus.

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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

The School of Information Technology aims to advance society through the discovery and integration of applied computing technologies that leverage the power of information. We empower individuals to become passionate, solution-minded professionals by fostering: continuous innovation, research, leadership development, interdisciplinary problem solving, and real-world experience.

Topics in IT: IT 3079C

This course will examine the different computing technologies that have been developed by Africans or are being used by Africans to empower their citizens to change their society and the technology landscape as a whole. Students will learn about some of the innovative initiatives different countries are developing and what role information and communication technologies have played in this development.
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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Russ McMahon has been teaching computing related subject matter for more than 35 years. He has been teaching full-time at the University of Cincinnati for 18 years. Recently, he spent six months living in Africa (Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa) studying how computing technology has transformed their society. He enjoys studying the history of science and technology and considers himself to be a lifelong learner.

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Living Arrangementsbuilding

Hotel -- double occupancy.


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Getting There

Flying to Port Elizabeth Thursday afternoon, April 26, 2018 
Depart Cincinnati to Port Elizabeth via Atlanta and Johannesburg. Cincinnati to Johannesburg is through Delta and from Joburg to PE, it is via South African Airways. Friday, April 27 Arrive in Port Elizabeth in the evening. Van transport to hotel. 
Return to Cincinnati Monday, May 7 in the afternoon
Depart Port Elizabeth on Saturday, May 5 and return back to the Cincinnati (via Joburg and Paris) Sunday morning.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: $3800

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
  • Professional translator and private 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 (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $800 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.

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Contacts for More Information

Russell McMahon
School of Information Technology, 250H Teachers-Dyer

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This program is currently not accepting applications.