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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Milan, Italy; Turin, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design, Business, Communications and Media, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Maureen Schomaker Program Advisor: Bene Khoury
Program Description:

Program Overview

Enjoy the excitement of visiting three international cities:  Torino, Italy, Milan, Italy and Barcelona, Spain.   Immerse yourself in the culture of the quaint city of Turin, the fashion and business districts of Milan and the thrilling architecture of Gaudi in Barcelona. Meet students from multiple disciplines across campus and soon they will become your friends.   Step out of your comfort zone and explore new countries and new cultures. 

Students will meet with industry in each city to discuss how individual organizations engage in global transactions and discuss expectations for entry level employees.  Students have the unique opportunity to ask questions of executives.  

Enjoy a traditional Italian and Spanish dinner with the group and taste the creamiest gelatto and delicious churros first hand.    Experience the thrill of an FC Barcelona futbol game first hand (you may even see Messi score a goal!).   Create your own cultural site visit in Barcelona.   Develop a detailed plan of what you would choose to see and experience in Barcelona. Travel to see what the world holds for you and your future. Experiential Learning in Italy


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Torino, Italy hosts the renowned Automobile Museum, the Mole, and the second largest Egyptian Museum in the world. Milan is home to the stunning Duomo and the renowned fashion district with stores such as Gucci, Luis Vitton, Prada. Barcelona is a vibrant city home to the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and the Picasso Museum. Visit a winery and explore miles of underground tunnels.

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Who Can Participate?


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

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores  
  • Juniors
  • Seniors

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Academic Program and Course Information

Students should register for PD2060-001 Industry Culture and Professional Practice Abroad - Italy/Spain for 3 credit hours for spring 2020 term

This course encompasses integrating experiential learning in a study abroad opportunity. Students will experience interaction with business, universities and cultural events in Italy and Spain. Students will actively participate in site visits to business organizations and/or universities and a variety of cultural sites to effectively understand cultures in both Italy and Spain. Students will develop increased communication and management skills through guided events with a completion of a self-selected site visit in Barcelona, Spain.

The course will culminate in a final project that will provide students the opportunity to summarize their learning experience and present that experience to a registered student group at the University of Cincinnati and to post their experience on the "Tell Us Your Story" website of ProPEL.

Prerequisites: None. This course is focused on co-op students who are interested in a short-term int
Another Groupernational experience that allows them to continue their regular curriculum of theory and practice. However, this course is available to any student interested in a short-term study abroad experience.

This course focuses on the following goals of the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning:
- developing students as experiential learners
- providing students more opportunities to engage in a global experience

Student Learning Outcomes: Student will:
- Recognize major cultural icons for each city (Torino, Milan and Barcelona)
- Plan, organize and implement time management skills
- Demonstrate ability to take initiative in unfamiliar environments
- Demonstrate professional behavior
- Analyze situations and surroundings to navigate in a foreign city
- Select and explore a cultural site visit of personal interest
- Compare and contrast cultural site visits and industry site visits
- Construct an electronic portfolio identifying areas of interest, challenges and articulate personal growth
- Evaluate growth in cultural quotient
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a 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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Professor Schomaker is an Associate Professor and has lead this short term study abroad since 2104. She has created relationships for students to visit with multiple employers including: Avio Aero (GE- subsidiary) BasicNet, Luxottica, Coca-Cola, Almirall, Honeywell, General Cable, Guivadan and Polytech University of Torinio . Professor Schomaker developed this short term study abroad to give co-op students the opportunity to engage in an international experience and still maintain their co-op schedule. Professor Schomaker is the Civil Engineering Faculty Co-op Advisor and has worked with the Division of Experience Based Learning and Career Education since 2008. She is dedicated to helping students construct their own learning by providing them opportunities for hands-on experiential learning.

Emily Frazier is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Experience Based Learning and Career Education at the University of Cincinnati where she manages half of the chemical engineering cooperative education program. Prior to joining University of Cincinnati she worked for 10 years at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee working in student and academic affairs. For 15 years she has worked connecting undergraduates with professional career related experiences in a variety of industries. Emily served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and will never turn down a bowl of homemade Borscht.

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Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in 4 star hotels with double or triple occupancy.

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Getting There

Students will fly into Turin on March 14, 2020. Transportation from the airport in Turin to the hotel will be provided for students who choose to travel with the group.
Students will depart from Barcelona on Monday, March 23, 2020. Transportation from the hotel to the airport in Barcelona will be provided for students who choose to travel with the group. Air transportation is provided for all students departing from Milan and arriving in Barcelona.

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Program Costs

2020 Program Costs: $2675

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
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
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 (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • 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.

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

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 State, Centers 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

Erin Cohen Bove
Experience Based Learning and Career Education, 830 Steger Student Life Center

Maureen Schomaker
Experience Based Learning and Career Education 
830Q Steger Student Life Center

Emily Frazier
Experience Based Learning and Career Education
830 Steger Student Life Center

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This program is currently not accepting applications.