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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain
  • 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 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 05/07/2018 05/18/2018

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Registration Term: Spring
Program Lead Faculty: Heidi Grappendorf Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

 We will make announcements in all of our undergraduate classes being taught in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Additionally, we will post the trip on Blackboard/Canopy so that anyone taking an online class will see the advertisement. We will notify the sport administration academic advisors, so they too can inform students. We will post flyers, and have announcements made on the electronic message board in Dyer/Teachers College. We also would utilize UC International to help assist in marketing this and would participate in the Study Abroad Fair. We currently have 340 undergraduate students, and 21 masters students in sport administration (anticipated to be approximately 35 by Fall 2017).

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 Come experience two major cultural hubs in Spain by joining the Sport Administration program in a Sport and Culture study abroad experience in May 2018. This unique trip will provide an in-depth study of sport and culture in Europe as students tour, listen, and learn in Spain, In Madrid we will tour Real Madrid's soccer stadium, attend a Real Madrid match, as well as attend the Madrid Open Tennis tournament, share a dinner with students from around the world at Real Madrid's stadium, and hear from international scholars. Cultural visits will include the Reina Sofia and Prado museum in Madrid and a cooking class. Students will tour FC Barcelona Camp Nou and attend a sporting event in Barcelona, tour past Olympic venues, as well as visit major cultural sites including the Picasso Museum, Park Guell, and Sagrada Familia.

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Who Can Participate?

 Undergraduate and graduate students.

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in SMGT 4061 for 3 credits for Spring 2018.
The Sport Administration program focuses on preparing students to be leaders in the sport industry through experience-based learning, best-practice approaches and industry collaborations. Part of preparing students to be leaders is providing them information and experiences that create cultural awareness and appreciation. With the sport industry continuing to grow and many companies, businesses, and organizations expanding internationally, this trip can contribute to overall understanding of a true global sport environment.

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. Heidi Grappendorf has 17 years of experience as a professor. She has held appointments at Webber International University, Salem State University, Texas Tech University, North Carolina State University, and is currently at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Grappendorf's research interests include how gender role conflict impacts women's careers in the management and leadership of sport organizations, women's career progression, and the overall underrepresentation of women and diversity in sport. Dr. Grappendorf has over 35 publications and 50 national and international presentations related to diversity in sport management. She has held several national leadership positions, including co-Chair of the North American Society for Sport Managements' Diversity Committee and Vice-President of Research for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. Dr. Grappendorf serves on several scholarly journal editorial boards, and is a frequently invited reviewer for articles related to gender and diversity in sport. Dr. Grappendorf was named NASSM's Diversity Award Winner for 2015 for her commitment and passion related to diversity in sport management. Dr. Grappendorf loves travelling internationally, and has visited numerous countries (16) and three with students (Belgium, France, & Guatemala).

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Living Arrangements

 Hostel and hotel. Double, triple, and quadruple occupancy. All attempts will be made to secure private rooms if hostel's are utilized.

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Getting There

Students will be flying out of CVG to Madrid, and then from Madrid to Barcelona. Faculty will meet students at the airline counter, get them checked in, and get them thru security.

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Program Costs

 2018 Program Cost: TBD
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
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 $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.

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Contacts for More Information

 Dr. Heidi Grappendorf
CECH/Human Services. Sport Administration

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This program is currently not accepting applications.