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  • Locations: Essen, Germany
  • 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 2019 01/01/2019
Rolling Admission 05/02/2019 05/09/2019

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, German Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: Yes
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Tanja Nusser
Program Additional Faculty: Harold Herzog Program Advisor: Bene Khoury, Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

 In the Transatlantic Seminar students travel to Essen, Germany in order to participate in a graduate seminar that involves students and faculty from the program in German and Media Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Cincinnati. Students will receive the opportunity for intense intercultural exchange in the country whose language and culture they research, and the possibility to compare and understand the differences between the German and American academic systems. The Transatlantic Seminar offers the students the chance to form academic contacts with German scholars and faculty for their future research. It also offers the unique possibility for UC as well as the German students to reflect on their own methods of teaching and research and broaden the own spectrum of experience.

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Essen, Germany
It’s taken a few decades, but Germany’s seventh-largest city has mastered the transition from industrial powerhouse to city of commerce and culture like few others. Van Gogh, anyone? Go to the Museum Folkwang. Fancy a look at Emperor Otto III’s gem-studded childhood crown? Head for the cathedral treasury. A Unesco-listed Bauhaus-style coal mine with a a fabulous museum? Look no further than Zollverein.

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Who Can Participate?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:
Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in GRMN 7022 Transatlantic Seminar  4 credit hours during spring 2019 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 the maximum 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 graduate students full-time is 9 credit 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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Tanja Nusser is Assistant Professor for German Studies and Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on German literature, culture and media since the 19th century, gender studies, the history of sciences, disability studies, postcolonial and animal studies. 
See also information on the departmental homepage

Dr. Tanja Nusser 
Visiting Associate Professor German Studies McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Prof. Todd Herzog
Assoc Professor & Head A&S German Studies McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

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Living Arrangements

Students will be housed by students from the partner university to immerse them as much as possible in German student life.

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Getting There

Students will make their own travel arrangement - the nearest airport in Germany is Dortmund. The students will be picked up at the airport by the hosts from the Universität Duisbrug-Essen. Travel arrangements will be made through the Department of German Studies.

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Program Costs

 2019 Program Cost: $2000

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 $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $1600.

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

Tanja Nusser
Department of German Studies
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210372
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372

Office: 741 Old Chemistry Building
Phone: 513-556-2752

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This program is currently not accepting applications.