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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Islay, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • 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 Break 2019 11/02/2018
Rolling Admission 03/14/2019 03/23/2019

** 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: Eugene Rutz
Program Additional Faculty: Richard Gass, Jason Autry, Ethan Fletcher Program Advisor: Matthew Paul, Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program Overviewwinding road

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind is a spring 2019 University Honors seminar with a study tour to Scotland!  

Energy use and its impact on the environment are increasingly important and contentious issues. Our views on energy and environment are often shaped as much by culture as by science and technology. These are not local issues; countries and societies around the world are all faced with making difficult choices regarding energy use and climate change. Since even local decisions can have global consequences, a global understanding of these issues is essential. To make informed choices as a society individuals need knowledge of sources, costs and impacts; individuals need to be able to make appropriate choices among alternatives; and individuals need to make these choices within a political decision making process. This course prepares students to make informed decisions and prepares students to clearly articulate the complexities faced in making these choices.

Scotland closed its last remaining coal-fired power plant in 2016. This country of 5 million people is on target to have all of its electricity demand met by renewable energy by 2020. How can Scotland achieve this while here in the U.S. we can't even agree that we should try to reduce our use of fossil fuel? 

The "how" has at least two components:
  1. The answer to Scotland's energy needs is in fact blowing in the wind - wind generates approximately 60% of Scotland's electricity needs. 
  2. The people of Scotland, citizens and government alike, have demonstrated a commitment through action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  
In this course, we will examine energy use, community attitudes and government regulations in the US and Scotland to better understand how energy decisions are made and the consequences of these decisions. This is not an abstract exercise: we will meet with industries who are large users of energy but who seek to lower carbon emissions; we will meet with researchers who are working to make alternative forms of energy available and affordable; and we will talk with ordinary individuals to gain a local perspective on energy and environment. 

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Locationlake town

Over spring break 2019 the group will take a study tour to Scotland, home of significant and various energy resources in the United Kingdom. The trip is a mix of industry / business visits, educational experiences and opportunities to experience a new culture. Students are expected to fully engage in all these opportunities. There is significant free time built into the trip. This free time should be viewed as both fun and an opportunity to experience more fully this new culture. Through active engagement and participation, students will gain both an understanding and an appreciation of the differences in how energy and environment are viewed in different cultures. 


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Who Can Participate?Energy & Sustainability-flag

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 16 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 InformationScottish highlands - snow

Course number: HNRS3015
3 credit hours
Class timeTBD

All students in this program are required to enroll in HNRS3015 for 3 credits for the 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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FacultyScottish castle - seaside

Eugene Rutz - Professor Rutz is an Academic Director in the College of Engineering and Applied Science Undergraduate Affairs and Manager of the ACCEND Program. He has been the PI or investigator on several sponsored research grants studying the effectiveness of instructional technologies and the interplay of learning styles and instructional technology. He has also led similar seminars at UC and for the Ohio Learning Network. 

Richard Gass - Dr. Gass is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Director in the Department of Physics. His research interests include particle theory and general relativity. 


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Living Arrangementsstatue

While in Scotland the group will be staying in hotels (TBD). 


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Getting ThereScotland - students

The group will be flying from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Edinburgh International Airport in Edinburgh, Scotland. On the return the group will fly out of Glasgow International Airport.  


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Program CostsLoch Ness - castle  

2019 Program Cost: $4000

Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Group tours / admissions
  • Any group ground transportation and airport transfers.
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passports
  • 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: Eugene Rutz
University Honors Program: Neil Choudhury

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This program is currently not accepting applications.