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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Bilbao, Spain; Gernika-Lumo, Spain; Harlaxton, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Pamplona, Spain; San Sebastian, Spain; Zaragoza, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • 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
Summer 2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 05/09/2018 06/07/2018

** 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 Registration Term: Summer
Program Lead Faculty: Susan Sipple Program Additional Faculty: Angie Woods
Program Advisor: Cory Smith, Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

Our proposed month-long Summer British Study Abroad (SBSA) program focuses on the fascinating connections between Great Britain and Spain, particularly during the 1930s. Specifically, this program will examine literature and culture, with primary points of intersection being the Spanish Civil War
(1936-1939) and the international response to that conflict (represented primarily by Britain and the US). Students will have the opportunity to take one or both of two courses: ENGL 2095, The Good Fight: British and American Writers and the Spanish Civil War, or SPAN 1081, Spain World Cultures: Cultural Coexistence in Times of Chaos. Traditional classroom instruction will take place first at UC Blue Ash College during the week prior to departure, and then at Harlaxton Manor in Grantham, England before extended excursions in London and Spain. No matter which course(s) students take, they will participate in all fieldtrips and excursions the program offers. Since the classes are linked by a common theme, students will find academic significance in all of the fieldtrips. Furthermore, our program includes free time in both Great Britain and Spain for students to pursue independent activities and travel.

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Our program will start in Grantham, England. We’ll stay—and study—at Harlaxton College, an enchanting 19th-century manor house and one of the best study abroad locations in the world! Our fieldtrips and excursions will bear out the thematic connections described in the Overview section. We’ll spend several nights in London to explore the far-reaching impact of the Spanish Civil War.  After we leave London, our first destination in Spain is in the Basque region. We’ll visit sites in Bilbao, Guernica, and San Sabastian. Next, we’ll travel to Pamplona, a city made famous to Americans through the writing of Ernest Hemingway (who also served as a war correspondent during the civil war). From there, we’ll travel to the city of Belchite, a town completely destroyed during a 1937 battle between fascists and anti-fascists (the dictator Francisco Franco demanded that the town be preserved to serve as a reminder of his power and of the devastating effects of war). Finally, we’ll travel to Barcelona, the capital of Cataluña, where we’ll explore iconic cultural locations like Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, as well as sites related to the war and its aftermath.

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Who Can Participate?

This program will appeal to all undergraduate UC students (including those at the regional campuses), especially those interested in learning more about literature and culture related to Great Britain and Spain. Additionally, students from other universities (and UC staff members) have participated in Summer British Study Abroad.

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Academic Program and Course

Any broad-reaching social change, including war and dictatorship, has an impact on literature and culture. In turn, literature and culture impact the ways people understand themselves, their history, their biases, and their fellow human beings. With that in mind, the thematic basis of our proposed program is twofold: the international/literary response to the war in Spain and the ways this war created or forced opportunities for cultural interaction and creative expresion. To this end, the program will offer two courses. Students must take at least one of them in order to participate in the program.

English 2095, The Good Fight: British and American Writers in the Spanish Civil War (3 cr. hrs; HU, DC) Students will study works by George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, and other British and American writers who fought in the Spanish Civil War or covered the conflict for newspapers worldwide.

Spanish 1081, Spain World Cultures: Cultural Coexistence in Times of Chaos (3 cr. hrs; HU, DC) Spain and Great Britain have distinctly different cultures, vibrant in their own ways. Yet in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War and its international response provided opportunity for cultural exchange. In this course, students will study this fascinating cultural interaction.

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. Angie Woods (Spanish): Dr. Woods is an award-winning study abroad leader with many years of university teaching experience. She has led three study abroad programs and served as a faculty support person on a fourth program. She teaches Spanish language and culture courses and has conducted several research studies on study abroad and on Spanish language pedagogy. Dr. Woods is the director of the UCBA Spanish Language Study Abroad Program and the chair of the UCBA Foreign Language Department.
Dr. Sue Sipple (English): Dr. Sipple is UC Cohen Award-winning professor who has taught in higher education for many years. She has led four study abroad programs and serves as the co-director of the UCBA Summer British Study Abroad Program. She teaches literature and writing and has conducted research studies on study abroad and on pedagogy and faculty development. Dr. Sipple is chair of the UCBA Department of English & Communication. 

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Living Arrangements

 Dormitory-style housing at Harlaxton College, hostels in London and Spain. Occupancy could be double, triple, or quadruple. Student accommodations may have air-conditioning and will include shared bathrooms.

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Getting There

 Dormitory-style housing at Harlaxton College, hostels in London and Spain. Occupancy could be double, triple, or quadruple. Student accommodations may have air-conditioning and will include shared bathrooms.

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Program Costs

Tentative 2018 Program Cost: $4,360 + tuition.
Included in Program Cost:
Housing / accommodations
International airfare
Some meals (All meals while at Harlaxton; some meals in London and Spain)
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
Some meals
Personal spending/souvenirs
Independent travel costs  

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. UCBA Honors students are eligible for an additional $200 scholarship

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, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see the State Department's passport page 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 visa information is the US Department of State’s country information page  

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 knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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

Dr. Sue Sipple
UC Blue Ash College
Progress Hall 220J
Dr. Angie Woods
UC Blue Ash College
Muntz Hall 240

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This program is currently not accepting applications.