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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • 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 Break 2019 10/21/2018
Rolling Admission 03/16/2019 03/24/2019

** 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: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Program Lead Faculty: Ryan White Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:
Tackling Global Problems Through International Collaborative Science



Program Overview


The goal of this 8-day exciting excursion to Bordeaux aims to broaden students' horizons in science, technology, and beyond. The program will be an integral part of a collaboration between science majors at UC and at the University of Bordeaux (UB). The experience will broaden students' horizons in science, technology, and beyond.

During the fall semester 2018, UC and UB students will form collaborative teams, composed of UC students and UB students, to tackle a topical question in science under the broad themes of Energy and Sustainability and Biomedical Science. Team members on two different continents will collaborate remotely throughout the year to develop presentations that critically assess the state of the field and discuss potential opportunities to tackle gaps in these fields.

During Spring Break 2019, UC students will visit Bordeaux as the focus of this program and gain invaluable experience in cross-continent collaboration under the language of science. In Bordeaux, UC students and their UB counterparts will collaboratively present and discuss their findings from their literature assessment. These activities will be complemented by visits to science and engineering research laboratories sponsored by the French National Centre for Scientific Research. The itinerary will also include tours of local companies that have significant science and engineering components in their operations. Participating students will have the rare opportunity to experience a different education system by joining their counterparts in a science class. The proposed activities will be complemented by excursions and cultural activities in Bordeaux and the surrounding region. Students participating in this program are asked to help host the reciprocal visit of their French team members to UC at the end of the 2019 Spring semester. All presentations, discussions and meetings will be conducted in English. But students are encouraged to learn a few basic French greetings and phrases to enrich to their visit.

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Bordeaux, known as "The Pearl of Aquitaine," is a historically important port city straddling the banks of the Garonne River in Southwest France. It is the 6th largest city in the country and known for its vibrant economy, and in particular, viticulture and wine production. With a history spanning more than 2000 years, a rich culture is juxtaposed with cutting-edge scientific and engineering research at the University of Bordeaux and partner national laboratories.

The University is the flagship institution of the Aquitaine region and a UC strategic partner. Research by its students and faculty have attracted international attention in a wide range of areas, including chemistry, advanced materials, chemical engineering, laser optics, information technology, the environment, pharmacology, biophysics, and biology.

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate Upper level science students. Applicants will be interviewed. Preference will be given to science majors having completed 4 full semesters of study in a science discipline. Participants are expected to help host a reciprocal visit by UB students at the end of the spring semeste

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in CHEM5021 section 005: Literature Research Project in Chemistry for 1-4 credits for 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): (Please note that participation is open to any undergraduate science major. This program can qualify as a capstone and/or honors experience.)

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Ryan White is an Assoc. Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in the Departments of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry across both departments. He is an electrochemist with research interests in biosensor develop, design, and application to various biological and biomedical applications.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms. Some lunches will be in University of Bordeaux cafeterias.
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Getting There

Participants will travel to and from Bordeaux as a group. Public transport within Bordeaux is easily navigated. Local transportation will be mainly covered using a 7-day bus/tram pass

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Program Costs

2019 Program Cost:  $2900
Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
  • 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:
  • Personal meals
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. This brings the financial liability of the program cost to XXX

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 students 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

Ryan White
Department of Chemistry

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This program is currently not accepting applications.