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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/18/2019 05/27/2019

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Summer
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Susan Trusty Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program OverviewKensington Palace formal garde

Great Britain has a rich gardening history, and is also cutting-edge in garden and landscape design, urban horticulture, and sustainable practices. Through visits to a number of classic gardens in and around London - as well as the latest landscapes, parks and urban farms - students will gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the country, the culture, and the gardens that can be directly applied to projects at UC and in their careers. In addition to its horticultural merit, each of the sites visited will be analyzed in the context of British landscape history, for  artistic and design inspirations, and most importantly, for economic, social and environmental sustainability. 


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LocationBuckingham Palace

Using London as a home base, we will visit some of the magnificent historical gardens of England, such as the Chelsea Physic Garden and the fantastic Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Day trips will include Great Dixter and Sissinghurst, which are among the best known and most copied gardens in the world; Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the most influential Arts and Crafts Gardens in Britain; and the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley, with its voluptuous borders and trend-setting demonstration gardens. We will visit several green roofs some historical, some radically new! We will also visit urban gardens and other agricultural projects around London.

A highlight of the program is the world's most famous horticultural event, the Chelsea Flower Show.  This extravaganza attracts designers, horticulturists and garden enthusiasts from every corner of the world. It's an important venue for first-hand immersion in emerging gardening, design and sustainable living trends. New plants are launched and the popularity of older varieties are revived in this garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week!

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Who Can Participate?

The course has no prerequisites and will be available to all students across disciplines and colleges. It is integrated into the horticulture curriculum as an elective which counts towards a horticulture major or minor. In addition to its horticultural merit, each of the sites visited will be analyzed in the context of British landscape history, for artistic and design inspirations, and for economic, social and environmental sustainability. Therefore, it might appeal to students in design, art, architecture, planning or history, as well as the environmental sciences. 

The course will carry the sustainability attribute.

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis, so be sure to apply soon before all 15 slots are filled! 

Group Chelsea Physic Garden

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Academic Program and Course InformationCrossrail Place Green Roof

All students in this program are required to enroll in HORT6090-001 Special Topics in Horticulture: The London Landscape: Classic to Cutting-Edge(UG or G), for summer 2019.

We will examine constructed landscapes through site visits, group discussions, journaling, lectures and student presentations. Each of the sites visited will be analyzed for horticultural, historical, artistic and design inspirations, as well as environmental sustainability. Student presentations can be tailored to their area of interest, in order to get the most benefit from their efforts.

Tuition and fees are 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).
 Chelsea 2017
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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Susan (Sue) Trusty is an Assistant Professor Educator of Horticulture in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), where she teaches plant biology, plant morphology and plant chemistry classes, plant propagation, herbaceous plants, and edibles for the sustainable landscape. For five years, she had a daily radio spot on WNKU called the City Gardener. She also writes for local and regional magazines. An avid gardener, Sue's expertise includes annuals and perennials; edible plants including edible flowers, fruits and vegetables; and urban gardening.

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Living ArrangementsBest Western Burns Hotel

We will stay 8 nights in the 3-star Best Western Burns Hotel . Accommodations include twin rooms with private baths. Breakfast is included.     

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Getting There

TBD. Students will arrange their own flights. 

Group Chelsea Flower Show


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Program CostsLondon Townshed Landscape Arch

2019 Program Cost: $2500

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • International airfare
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees(If applicable)(~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2100.  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 student 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

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in 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, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID 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 through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

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

Sue Trusty
Aronoff 6280B
DAAP Horticulture
(513) 265-7633

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