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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France
  • 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 11/30/2017
Rolling Admission 04/30/2018 05/18/2018

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Residence Hall Program Lead Faculty: Michele Vialet
Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

This program with UC Strategic partner, Bordeaux U, is a unique opportunity to conduct a collaborative research project on a European Union topic of import. In the past three years, the Greek crisis, the 2016 Brexit referendum, migration issues, and security crises have highlighted competing definitions of Europe: Is Europe defined by geography, history, institutions, geo-political alliances, economic productivity, or intellectual and cultural contributions? These crises have also called into question the future of the Union.

Whether you are in business, engineering, sciences, urban planning, or social sciences and the humanities, this seminar and field trip will help you research an issue that meshes with your major, build your educational resume, and help you learn to work with others.

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:

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Bordeaux and Southwest France (Southwest Europe). Nestled on the Atlantic coast, nicknamed “The Pearl of Aquitaine,” and a UNESCO heritage city, Bordeaux hosts the University of Bordeaux, a UC strategic partner university.

This region has thrived on its world-known wine production that goes back to Roman times and still today represents a large share of its economy. Its contributions to political philosophy include Montesquieu’s influential The Spirits of Laws.

Due to its location, 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?


  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors 
  • Graduate/Others with Instructor’s permission

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 Academic Program and Course Information

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 for 3 credit hours for the spring 2018 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):

For more information on course and the Bordeaux region, go to:

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Dr. Michèle Vialet studied linguistics and literary theory in France and the USA. She has taught at 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 current Director of European Studies and advises all students interested in the Certificate and in the Spring semester Workshop Series in European Studies.

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Living Arrangements

Lodging: Hotel rooms with small kitchen areas featuring a microwave and a refrigerator. Double occupancy. 
Lodging: Apart'hotel studios with kitchenette, double or triple occupancy.

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Getting There

Outbound Flight on April 30, 2018: CVG (Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport) to BOD (Bordeaux).
Return Flight: May 18, 2018 (except for pre-approved arrangements for a later return date)

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Program Cost

2018  Program Cost: $2,000

This amount includes lodging in Bordeaux, 2-day trip, all entry/tour fees, group meals, and local transportation. It does not include round trip airfare ticket from Cincinnati to Bordeaux.
Students are encouraged to apply for additional grants from their programs, departments, or other sources.

Included in Program Cost:


  • Housing / accommodations
  • Group 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:

  • International airfare
  • 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 (~$)

This program has been awarded an $600 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 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

Michèle Vialet, Ph.D. 
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
716 C Old Chem

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This program is currently not accepting applications.