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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Normandy, France; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 06/01/2019
Rolling Admission 12/13/2019 12/21/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Social Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Minimum GPA: 3.2
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: Jeffrey Zalar Program Advisor: Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program Overview

 A Global History of World War II is an University Honors seminar with a study tour to the United Kingdom and France in 19FS!                                                                                               
Class times are TBD. BOK: DC, HP
On the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the class released their course website.
Read an article about this class released by the University of Cincinnati in December 2013.                                                                                                        
Read an UC News Record article about student Evan Sale and his engagement in this course.
WATCH: UC Student’s Spectacular Photos Detail  WWII Honors Study Abroad Trip.
Check out a blog on the 13FS class' trip to the UK & France by student Victoria Roser. 

Its Content: This course examines the Second World War in its global contexts.  It emphasizes the comprehensive impact of warfare not only on the battlefield, but also on the intellectual, cultural, and political life of belligerent states, above all Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States.  It attends to everyday life during the war, to the experience of women and children, and to the “barbarization of warfare” that led to the enslavement, murder, and genocide of millions of noncombatants.  It addresses, finally, developments that portended the division of Europe and the world after 1945.            

Its Importance: World War II was the largest single event in human history.  It mobilized seventy million people for military service and affected countless more through economic disruption, family separation, physical and emotional suffering, and grievous loss.  Destroying some sixty million lives worldwide, it convulsed the symbolic and moral order so profoundly that its impact reverberated well past 1945 in Cold War animosities and “proxy war” conflicts, decolonization in Africa and Asia, international relations, international law, humanitarian intervention, and Postmodern intellectual, cultural, and artistic life, among many other facets of human experience. Indeed, its impact can still be felt today in manifold ways.

Its Relevance to You:  Rarely does a topic of university study speak to all of who we are as integrated and inescapably embodied intellectual, feeling, and ethical human persons.  World War II is such a topic.  Its violence was so terrible, its crimes so pitiless, its valor so breathtaking, that its history confronts us with disturbing and urgent questions about ourselves as selfsame members of the human family.  Students with the courage to approach these questions have radically changed their minds about themselves and others, very often becoming more intently studious, humble, emotionally mature, and sensitive individuals.  If “transformative education” is what you want, if this is what you expected to find when you enrolled in university, then this course is a good choice for you.

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Students will travel to three of the most important cities during World War II: London, Paris and Normandy. In London students will experience what life was like under the Blitz. In Paris students will see the effects of the Nazi occupation of the French capital. And in Normandy, students will get to experience firsthand the violence and bravery of the D-Day invasions. 
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Who Can Participate?

Applications for this seminar will open in December 2018 and will be due on Feb. 11, 2019. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. 

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above and are enrolled full-time at UC (i.e. for at least 12 credit hours in the fall 2018 semester). Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. Although priority is given to University Honors students, we are often able to offer spaces to other students as well.

Course Expectations

Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.
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Academic Program and Course Information

Course number: HIST3096
Course Attributes: H,I
3 credit hours
Class time

All students in this program are required to enroll in HIST3096, "History Honors Seminar," for 3 credits for the 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):

Course Expectations
Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.
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Dr. Jeffrey Zalar is an Assistant Professor and the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies. His research has centered on religion and intellectual culture in modern Germany. He received his BA from Marquette University and his PhD from Georgetown University. Dr. Zalar is a USMC veteran of Operation Just Cause in Panama and the Gulf War in Kuwait. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati since 2012. 
Dr. Jeff Zalar, Kuwait 1991

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Living Arrangements

Students will be staying in hotels while in London and Paris. The trip to Normandy will be a daytrip and will not require accommodations. 
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Getting There

The group will be flying from Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport to Heathrow Airport in London. Upon return the group will depart from Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris to Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport.  
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Program Costs

2019 Program Cost:  ~$3800

Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare and transfers
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Some ground transportation
  • Admission tickets/passes
  • Guides
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Individual meals and snacks
  • Tips
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Ground transportation
  • Personal supplies or souvenirs
The program fee is $3800. However, everyone in the program will receive a $400 UC International Grant (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only) and a $800 University Honors Grant

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, its 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 visa 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 knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to 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

University Honors Program: Neil Choudhury

Faculty leader: Dr. Jeff Zalar

For more information on this study tour, please visit the seminar webpage

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This program is currently not accepting applications.