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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • 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 11/30/2017
Rolling Admission 05/07/2018 05/21/2018
NOTE: In person interview required

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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: Language, Culture, and Humanities, University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Susan Karr
Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

This course explores a turbulent and transformative period in English and British history from about 1485 to 1689.  We begin by focusing on the so-called  early Tudor revolution in government before we turn to the English Renaissance and Anglican Reformation, the return of Catholicism, and the creation of a new Anglican Church and its unforeseen consequences under Elizabeth I. From there, we'll explore the Stuarts, with attention to the catastrophic civil war culminating in regicide 1649, and the rise of the republic that ended with the restoration of monarchy in 1660. The course then turns to the Glorious Revolution of 1688/89 as a fundamental watershed that cleared the way for a constitutional monarchy, parliamentary sovereignty, religious toleration (Protestant), and a rights-based jurisprudence that continues to shape the Western legal tradition to this day. As the transformation of England from a backwater kingdom to a fiscal military empire-state, over the course of the Tudor and Stuart periods, also marked the beginning of English overseas expansion and the foundations of the United Kingdom, we'll tie up the Cincinnati portion of the course by reflecting on the significance of these changes to Britain and Europe more generally at the turn of the eighteenth century.We'll conclude the course with a two-week study abroad component, whereby students will have the opportunity to engage and confront this history through visiting Tudor/Stuart sites in Scotland and England.

A few of the sites that we'll visit in England include Hampton Palace, where Henry VIII asserted England's elegance through Renaissance architecture in the early 16th century and Willaim of Orange and Queen Mary grounded their newfound power as sovereigns in the late 17th; the Houses of Parliament, which over the course of the Tudor and Stuart period were transformed from simply advising the monarchy to limiting its power and authority; Westminster Abbey, extended by Henry VII to assert his power and subsequently the tomb of most of the Tudor/Stuarts except for Henry VIII whom we will visit at Windsor Castle; the Banqueting House, where Charles the First not only was tried but also lost his head; the Tower of London, commissioned by William the Conquer and used by the Tudor and Stuarts as a place to hold--and execute-- (in)famous religious and political prisoners such as Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell, and Thomas Crammer, among others. Among the sites we'll visit and explore in Scotland include Edinburgh Castle, a fortress that was used both to reject  the power of the English, especially under the Tudors, and to project the power of the two crowns, especially under the Stuarts; The inner chamber of Mary Queen of Scots and the birthplace of James I and VI at Holyrood; the Wallace monument, which stands as a reminder of Highland rebellions and  resistance; the cathedral where James VI was coronated; and the palace created by his father James V, which stands as reminder of power and submission. Beyond castles, cathedrals, and constitutional sites, we'll also explore aspects of the Renaissance by visiting national galleries in England and Scotland, exploring 16th- and 17th-century documents and literature at the British library, and attend a performance at London's Globe, a recreation of Shakespeare's theater. 

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Two main sites: Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England
Side trips Scotland: Stirling and Highlands
Side trips England: Tilbury, Windsor, Hampton, Dover

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Who Can Participate?UK3

History, English, Political Science, Liberal Arts, Exploratory majors


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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in HIST3042-001: Rulers, Rebels, & Rights: Early Modern Britain, 1485-1689 for 3 credit hours during the spring term.
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. Karr is a historian who focuses predominantly on Early Modern Europe (1450-1750); Early Modern England (1450-1750); political and legal thought; the European Renaissance. Most of my research and teaching explores the intersections of political, legal, and social history especially in relation to the problems of resistance, rights, rebellions, and tyranny.

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Living Arrangements

In each location (Edinburgh, York, and London) students will be sharing rooms (no less than two per room, no more than four) in either hostels or hotels that are centrally located.

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Getting ThereUK4

Students will be arranging their own flights with specific guidelines. 


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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost:  $3,480 ($3,080 after UC International Scholarship)

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • 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)
  • International Airfare
  • 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. Susan Longfield Karr
Department of History, 353a McMicken

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This program is currently not accepting applications.