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  • Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 12/10/2018
Rolling Admission 03/15/2019 03/24/2019
NOTE: Interview with instructor required as part of application process.

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
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: Joe Girandola Program Additional Faculty: Kristopher Holland
Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overviewsand dunes

This Spring 2019 course will discover the creative roots of Dubai and the ongoing development of creative freedom in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Contemporary artists, educators, architects and city planners are at the forefront of the creative landscape of the UAE. Looking at the research of noted Art Historians/Curators and artists of the region this course will explore the influential creative minds and works that have transformed Dubai and the United Arab Emirates into a global "player" in the creative world. This course will enable students to understand the creative cultural capital the region has garnered in the last twenty years. Through conversations, interviews, presentations and Skype discussion groups with the artists, musicians, poets, curators, educators, and critics the course will open a line of communication to the future of the freedom to create in the region and the responsibility of artists with dynamic ties to the region. A ten-day trip to Dubai for the Dubai Art Fair with visits to contemporary artists studios and architectural wonders will occur Mid-Spring (March 2019).


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Students will travel to Dubai, UAE in the spring of 2019 over spring break. Students will travel to Dubai, UAE in the spring of 2019 over spring break. This travel is a mandatory component of FAA3030 or FAA8091 (003).

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Who Can Participate?Dubai

Applications for this seminar are due Oct. 15, 2018. An interview with the faculty is required as part of the application process.

UC in various disciplines are encouraged to apply. Graduate students are also eligible to enroll. 


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Academic Program and Course InformationBurj Khalifa

All students in this program are required to enroll in  FAA3030 or FAA6030 for 3 credits for the 2019 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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FacultyDubai coast

Professor Joe Girandola - Professor Girandola is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  His work has been exhibited broadly and in many venues, including; the Museum of Contemporary Art (Geffen Contemporary), Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; Kwangju Biennial, South Korea; and the Center for Contemporary Art (Nexus) Biennial, Atlanta, Georgia. He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for 2003-04, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grant; Change, Inc. Grant; and an Artists Fellowship, Inc. Grant.  Girandola received artist fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, DUCTAC Art Center (Dubai), and at the Caldera Artist Residency Program. His work is included in collections nationally and internationally and he was a West Prize winner in 2012. Girandola was formerly the Director of the MFA Program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia from 2009-2012 and was Assistant Director for the Santa Fe Art Institute (NM) from 2002-2004.

Dr. Kris Holland - Professor Holland received his MA in Art Education from New York University and was a public school teacher of media communications & fine arts at Maxwell Vocational High School in East New York, Brooklyn. He then served as the Communications Coordinator for the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University before joining the Cultural Immersion Project in the School of Education. Following this experience he became an Associate Instructor at Indiana University teaching courses in foundations of philosophy in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and art education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education & Art Education from Indiana University in August 2011. His research focuses on qualitative methodologies, philosophical inquiry, and arts-based inquiry. A description & images of the arts-based research project The Habermas Machine was cited in James Rolling Jr.’s Arts-Based Research: A Primer, published in 2013. 



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Living ArrangementsDubai skyline

Students and staff will be staying at a central hotel in Dubai, UAE. 


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Getting Therehandstand

The group will be flying from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE. International airfare is included in program costs.  


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Program Costsdhow


2019 Program Cost: $4800

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 $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $4200.

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 grants 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 information 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 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

Joe Girandola
School of Art
Aronoff 6431
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

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This program is currently not accepting applications.