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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; sitges, 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 01/10/2018
Rolling Admission 06/02/2018 06/16/2018

** 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 Academic Theme: Performing Arts
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: CCM Students Only Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Utopia Project is an international performance project developed by Higher Education faculty members throughout the United States and Europe. The idea, to bring together students from a broad range of performance degree programs to create interdisciplinary, and collaborative works of devised theatre. Each collaborative performance project will involve students and practitioners from across the performing arts; music, dance, acting, puppetry, design, writing, and technology. Theatre/ performance practitioners and university faculty will share Good Practice techniques and facilitate creative practices in a supportive and developmental atmosphere. Students will have the opportunity to develop partnerships in a global community while developing multidisciplinary approaches to creating and producing theatre.
The project will be led by faculty members from each of the participating institutions with technical and production resources provided by the Institute of the Arts Barcelona.
In addition, specialist artists and facilitators will be employed by the Utopia Project to support and mentor both the students and faculty. 
The project will administered by staff from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, however the creative direction and strategies will be developed collaboratively and democratically by the faculty of the participating institutions.
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Hosting Institution
Founded in 2013, the Institute of the Arts Barcelona is a dynamic institute uniquely positioned to offer international performing and recording arts higher education in Europe. Students from all over the world benefit from top-level professional teaching staff and UK university validated education in a stunning location on the shores of the Mediterranean.

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Sitges is known as the ‘Jewel on the Mediterranean’ and offers many facets to cater for all tastes. Reputed to offer 300 days of sunshine a year, it is a quaint little coastal town surrounded by the hills of the Garraf National Park. The old town has typically Spanish narrow streets leading down to a palm tree lined promenade that runs along an open bay with it's many beaches. Located just to the south of Barcelona, Sitges is about a 30 minute drive from Barcelona’s El Prat international airport. 

Sitges itself has a compact centre, easy to walk around, yet large enough to hold lots of interesting sights and attractions; offering an excellent variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all budgets, museums, art galleries, Sitges market, Port d'Aiguadolc and various sporting activities, including water sports, golf, tennis and horse-riding. Sitges is also a lovely place to take a stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of local life.

Who Can Participate?

 Dance Majors

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in DNCE5160 section 005 in 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):


André Megerdichian, has been performing professionally for over two decades with such companies and choreographers as the Jose Limón Dance Company, Dance Kaleidoscope, Janis Brenner and Dancers, The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Soundance Repertory Company, Reidel Dance Theatre, Daniel Charon, and Sean Curran. 
While teaching master classes and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and China, André currently is on faculty at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has served as a faculty member of the Duncan Center Conservatory in Prague Czech, Republic, and the Limón Institute in New York City. 
His choreography has been produced by numerous universities, festivals, and dance institutions throughout the United States and Europe. With composer and Co-Director Fahad Siadat, Andre created and maintains The Resonance Collective; an interdisciplinary and collaborative, project-based company in NYC.
Raised in Beirut Lebanon; Athens, Greece; and Geneva, Switzerland André holds a BFA from Butler University, and an MFA in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts.


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Living Arrangements

Housing will most likely be in a Hostel with 2 two a room and shared bathroom. 

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Getting There

Students will arrange their own round-trip flight to Barcelona, Spain (BCN) from respective home cities.
They must arrive no later than June 3rd.
They will be able to take a train from Sitges to BCN on June 16 or 17. 

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Program Costs

 2018 Program Cost:  $3,200

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Workshop Fee
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • 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 an $200 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $3,000. 

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.  Scholarships are only available to students who maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

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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

André Megerdichian
Dance 3723

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This program is currently not accepting applications.