This program with UC Strategic partner, the University of Bordeaux (France), is a unique opportunity to conduct a collaborative research project on a European Union topic directly related to your major or your minor. Intersections between your major and European Studies are countless. Identify one issue you are interested in, research it thoroughly, and work with partners from UBx and UBx-Montaigne. Consult with EU experts in a number of fields (Law, Economics, History, Language and Culture) and meet people who live, work, study, plan on their futures in the EU.
Whether you are in business, international affairs, political science, languages and literature, history, or social sciences, this seminar and field trip will help you practice research skills and develop a collaborative and pluridisciplinary approach. Navigating your way through scholarly research and local investigation will sharpen your analytical skills and your communication abilities. It will also help you learn to listen to and work with others. Your research portfolio will strenghthen your educational resume.
In 2012, the European Union appeared to be a successful experiment in self-governance that was recognized by the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Yet troubles lay ahead. In a short six years, a series of crises (Greece, Brexit, migrants, terrorist attacks, and since March 4, 2018 Italy’s fragile government coalition) has shaken European institutions and Member States governments and institutions as well as markets. Moreover Europeans no longer trust Brussels and worry that Eurocrats might succeed in pushing forth institutions, in the name of the pursuit of "a more perfect union," to do away with peoples' sovereignty. Traditional political parties are in disarray and new formations tentative, unseasoned, riding on popular discontent. What future(s) does the Union have? What competing definition(s) of the Europe Union and of Europe are coming to the forefront? Can Europe be defined by geography, history, institutions, geo-political alliances, economic productivity, or intellectual and cultural contributions?
Spring seminar in English (French is an option for French majors or minors)
Study Tour in Bordeaux: All lectures, visits, and course work, will be in English. However, familiarity with basic French greetings and common phrases will add charm to your stay.
For additional information, visit: www.EUSTinsights.com
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Bordeaux and Southwest France (Nouvelle Aquitaine Region in Southwestern Europe)
Nestled on the Atlantic coast, nicknamed "The Pearl of Aquitaine," Bordeaux is one of the most beautiful cities in France and is listed as a "Word Heritage Site" by UNESCO. "The centre had a grandiose 18th-century harmony unmatched in Europe. . . . There are few more graceful urban sights in France than the miroir-d'eau reflecting the splendid Palais-de-la-Bourse" (The Telegraph's article). Its pedestrian district leads to open gardens and walkways along the Garonne banks and the iconic Pont de pierre. Bordeaux and its region can trace their modern commercial and artistic importance to Gallo-Roman times but the early modern people who painted the walls of the Lascaux Caves testify to twenty thousand years of human activiy. For more information visit: "https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/aquitaine/bordeaux/articles/reasons-to-visit-bordeaux-on-a-city-break/.
Bordeaux is also known for its contributions to humanism, philosophy, and political thought. Montaigne's "Essays," Montesquieu's influential book "The Spirits of Laws," and the Girondins' opposition to the rule of Terror continue to shed light on our postmodern ways. The University of Bordeaux, founded in 1441 and consisting today of two collaborating entities, has become strategic-partner universities of UC.
Thanks to its location, its human resources, and its century-old commercial ties with Britain, the Low Countries, and the Americas, the region is an open cultural crossroads. Today Bordeaux and its region is the hub of innovative urban planning, dynamic venture companies, and promising research in botany, medicine, aeronautics, and ocean and marine data management.
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Who Can Participate?
Applicants must perform an in-person interview
- Graduate/Others with Instructor’s permission
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Academic Program and Course Information
EU Perspectives is a seminar + study tour focused on undergraduate research on Europe, the European Union, and France. Designed with UC's strategic partnership with the Universities of Bordeaux and Bordeaux-Montaigne in mind, the course objectives emphasize constructive research collaboration at UC, with partners from Bordeaux, and finally on location in Bordeaux.
Students design, conduct, and present research on a topic of their choice combining:
(a) specialty interests (minor or major),
(b) Europe and European Union data, and
(c) opportunities and resources in Bordeaux (France) during a 2-week faculty-led study abroad program.
This project allows students to learn about the forces at play in the European integration process through investigating the impact of EU policies, agencies, and programs at the member state, regional, or local level, and by observing what is it like to work, own a business, study, or raise a family in Europe. In addition the project provides several opportunities for students to hone their presentational skills, address diverse audiences, and overcome cultural differences and language barriers.
All students in this program are required to enroll in EUST3065 or FREN3065 for 3 credit hours for the spring 2019 semester.
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): https://www.uc.edu/bursar/fees.html
For more information on course and the Bordeaux region, go to: http://www.eustinsights.com
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Dr. Michèle Vialet studied linguistics and literary theory in France and the USA. She has taught at Lyon-I, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Cincinnati. Her primary areas of teaching and research are cultures, literature and film of the French-speaking world, with an emphasis on France (17th-21st centuries), North and West Africa, and Europe.
Her publications include two conversation and composition textbooks, a monograph on novelist-lexicographer Antoine Furetière, and the edition of collections of essays. She served as co-editor of the Cincinnati Romance Review. She is the past Director of European Studies and has led Study Tours to Bordeaux for the past four years.
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Students and faculty will be staying in a hotel with kitchenette located 6-7 minutes away from Bordeaux's lively pedestrian center as well as tram stops. The Art Museum, the Musée d'Aquitaine, and the Saint-André Cathedral are within ten minutes. So is Meriadeck's gardens and commercial center. Room occupancy: double; One-bedroom apartments: triple.
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Students will need to purchase their own flights for this program. Student wishing to travel with the faculty leader of this program on their flight can do so, please contact the faculty leader directly for their flight information.
Recommended flight path:
May 6, 2019 - Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) - Bordeaux (BOD) (one or two transfers depending on airline) Students must arrive in Bordeaux on May 7, 2019 by 4:00pm
NOTE: Transatlantic flights take place overnight.
May 24, 2019 - (except for pre-approved arrangements for a later return date)
Two Flight options (leaving from either Bordeaux or Paris):
- Direct flight out of Bordeaux: BOD - CVG (on May 24 or later if pre-approved arrangements are made - personal extension is at your charge)
- Direct flight out of Paris (for a pre-approved extended stay /visit in Paris at your charge) - Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) - CVG. In this case, you will need to take the train or a bus to Paris on May 24th
If you choose to pursue a pre-approved extended stay at the conclusion of the program, you are encouraged to make sure you extend your international insurance coverage (CISI) to cover the remainder of your stay abroad. If you need to extend your CISI coverage, please contact UC International for assistance.
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2019 Program Cost: $2,400
- $600 UC scholarship (for eligible students)
= $1,800 student cost
Students are encouraged to apply for additional grants from their programs, departments, or other sources.
Included in Program Cost
- lodging in Bordeaux
- 3-day excursion to SW France
- all admission and tour fees
- group meals and 8 lunches
- local 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:
- International airfare round trip from Cincinnati to Bordeaux, students will purchase their own flights (~est. $1,000 - $1,500)
- Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
- Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
- Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees
- Some meals ($550)
- Personal spending/souvenirs
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only), which brings the financial liability of the program cost to $1,800. 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 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 seehttp://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html 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: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html
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
Michèle Vialet, Ph.D.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
716 C Old Chem
McMiken College of Arts and Sciences