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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; The Hague, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/02/2018
Rolling Admission 05/04/2019 05/12/2019

** 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: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
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: Ivan Ivanov
Program Additional Faculty: Neil Choudhury Program Advisor: Matthew Paul, Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program OverviewBrussels 1

The Challenges of Global Governance is a spring 2019 University Honors seminar with a study tour to Belgium and the Netherlands! 

International institutions have become increasingly important players in our globalized world impacting a variety of policies in different spheres of international interaction—from regulation of the global financial markets, to transnational justice and the spread of diseases. Through on campus discussions at UC and a study abroad trip to Brussels and The Hague, careful reading, engaged responses, and independent research, students in this class will better understand the challenges of globalization and the institutional responses to address these threats. The research trip to Brussels and The Hague will provide the students with unique opportunities to visit NATO, the European Union institutions (the European Parliament, the Council, the European Commission), the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and conduct independent field research, interview officials at these institutions, participate in various forums and discussions, and collect primary data on a topic of their interest.


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LocationBrussels 2

At the end of the semester faculty and students will travel to Brussels, Belgium and The Hague, Netherlands to experience first-hand the role that international institutions play in the modern globalized world. Brussels is the de facto capital of Europe and is the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). More than 150 international organizations are located in The Hague, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. 


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Who Can Participate?students on a boat

Applications for this seminar will open on August 1, 2018 and will be due on Friday September 14, 2018. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

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. 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 Informationseating chart

All students in this program are required to enroll in POL2097 for 3 credits for spring 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):


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FacultyUC flag general assembly

Dr. Ivan Ivanov has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown College and Muskingum University. His primary areas of teaching and research interests are international relations and comparative politics with a focus on international security, alliance politics and NATO. His regional focus is Europe and the Middle East, as well as various aspects of international cooperation, politics of transition and economic development. Dr. Ivanov also serves as Undergraduate Advising Coordinator and advises all International Affairs and Political Science seniors and students interested in the Security Studies certificate. 


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Living Arrangementsskyline

While in Brussels and The Hague the group will be staying in hotels (TBD). 


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Getting Thereboat

The group will be flying from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Brussels Airport. On the return the group will be flying from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.


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Program Costsmuseum

2019 Program Cost:  $4000 

Included in Program Cost:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Admission fees/tours
  • Group ground transportation
  • Airport transfers
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
This program has been awarded a UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). 

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.
Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $2800. The actual cost per person for UC is $4000, but this will be offset by a $1000 grant from University Honors as well as a block grant in the amount of $200 from UC International, making the actual final cost $2800. All participants will receive these grants.

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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

Faculty Leader: Dr. Ivan Ivanov
University Honors Program: Neil Choudhury 
The course syllabus, tentative itinerary and other materials can be found on the course website.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.